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Ms. T  Corn Salad with Cilantro & Caramelized Onion

As the last husks of summer dwindle out of the farmers' market, we're paying homage to summer corn all over Food52. Fittingly, the corn queen (no really -- she won our contest for Your Best Corn off the Cob with her Corn Salad with Cilantro & Caramelized Onions, pictured above) finds herself in the spotlight this week: Ms. T. In museum marketing by day, dreaming and cooking up a storm in Mill Valley, CA by night (well, dreaming by day too -- shhh), here's a cook with a sophisticated touch whose food is pleasantly rich but simple -- just how we like it.

And -- as it turns out -- many of her recipes are poised to come in season. But first, how's about a bowl of Clams with Grilled Chorizo & Charred Tomatoes? For fall, there are plenty of pears: Pear Ginger Walnut Muffins for breakfast, Savory Asian Pear & Rosemary Galette whenever, or Warm Gingerbread with Pear Ice Cream for dessert.

"The good recipes get passed along from friend to friend like a game of telephone, with each cook adding their own twist until the last version is barely distinguishable from the first," she writes about her corn salad. True story here at Food52 and we're glad she's whispering hers down the lane.

Read our profile Q&A with Ms. T below and check out her blog here.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Grilled snails, served with homemade Ouzo at somebody's farmhouse on Crete
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Soups & stews that allow for lots of improv
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    The very seasoned iron skillet that was passed down from my husband's grandmother
  • Your ideal meal:
    Steamed lobster by the beach in New England, or anything that has cooked all day and filled the house with savory flavors
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Food in Vietnam
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    They don't last long enough to be counted in our house
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Teary eyes from chopping onions
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    All About Braising by Molly Stevens
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Comments (19)


almost 4 years ago Ms. T

Wow, I guess I'm a few weeks late to my own surprise party! I had no idea I was in the spotlight, until I started poking around today to check out the new site. Thank you for the honor and for all your lovely comments--it made my day :)

To the editors, I think it's hilarious that you've dubbed me "The Corn Queen" because I once dressed as Ms. Iowa for Halloween, with a string of corn cobs draped around my yellow dress. When I won the Corn Off the Cob contest, my mom wanted to post the Ms. Iowa photo on Facebook, but I vetoed that suggestion. Better left to your imagination!


almost 4 years ago mcs3000

Congrats, Ms. T - loved your answer to the bottles of wine question.


almost 4 years ago deanna1001

Well deserved! That corn recipe was a revelation! That braising book is my favorite too!


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Wonderful to see you in the spotlight! I could go for one of your Pear Ginger Walnut muffins right now...


almost 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations! A good reason to have a mid-week celebration.


almost 4 years ago nannydeb

Congratulations on the spotlight Ms. T!


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Congrats Ms. T - your corn salad was a big hit!


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats, Ms. T! You're recipes are incredible. The warm gingerbread & pear ice cream sounds fabulous.


almost 4 years ago Niknud

Congratulations Ms. T! A well-deserved spotlight - wonderful recipes and well written.


almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

great to see you in the spotlight MsT! I don't "pity the fool" who tries your recipes, hehe!


almost 4 years ago Ms. T

Ha ha! I recently told my husband that I planned to refer to him as "Mr. T" on my blog, which is funny because A) the "T" refers to my first name, and he doesn't share the initial, but more hilariously B) he is the antithesis of THE Mr. T in almost every way ;)


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Great spotlight! So glad to see you here. You know how I feel about your Clams and Chorizo and I look forward to trying some of your other delicious sounding recipes.


almost 4 years ago EmilyC

Nice spotlight, Ms. T! Keep the great recipes coming!


almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

so nice to see you in the spotlight, Ms. T!


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

May we join you for your ideal beach meal? Congratulations to you.


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hello Ms.T, nice to get to know you better! Great spotlight! I love the passed down skillet as your most treasured possession. What an amzing tresure to have!


almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Great to see you in the spotlight! LOVE your profile pic, too - relaxing


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wonderful to see you in the spotlight, your recipe's are outstanding as is your blog.


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Hi Ms. T - love your recipes (especially the warm gingerbread!) and I love still Simmering!