If you haven't noticed, we talk a lot about nose-to-tail eating. Pork tenderloin for dinner? We want offal and sanguinaccio dolce, too. Roasting a whole chicken? We’ll have wings one night and drumsticks the next, then use the bones for stock when we're done. We waste not; we want not -- and that goes double for corn.
More: Don't discard your vegetables just yet! Turn those roots and stems into dinner.
After all, summer’s golden vegetable wants you to use every last scrap. Shuck it, prep it, and get down to business: You’ll turn those silks into tea, those cobs into risotto, and those kernels into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But while you’re congratulating yourself on your old-world thrift, don’t forget to dig into a whole cob, roasted and smothered in butter, too.
Photo of corn fritters by Carey Nershi; photo of kettle corn by Eric Moran; all others by James Ransom