Just so you know, zucchini is probably my favorite vegetable. I say probably because of last evening. I wanted a green veggie to accompany Adobo Seasoned Grilled Flat Iron Steak (recipe on site) topped with Chimichurri Sauce (also on site) and steamed brown rice. I had my choice of sautéed snap peas Roasted Sugar Snap Peas (recipe on site), or fresh green beans (a perennial favorite at Chez Carr), or zucchini squash. We hadn’t enjoyed zucchini for a while, so I decided to try my hand, for at least the 88th time, to bake zucchini wedges. (You can deep fat fry them and they are wonderful, but we are trying to be good!)

Everyone knows that Parmesan cheese is great with zucchini, so that had to be one of the coating ingredients. And I wanted a little “kick”, so I added a pinch of cayenne pepper. Garlic is great with everything, so what the heck, throw in some granulated garlic too. Then salt and pepper. But how to get the mixture to stick to the zucchini. Flash bulb time. Don’t sprinkle it on, press the zucchini into the coating. (It’s rare, but when a light bulb goes off in my brain, it can really be an exciting thing!)

So I slathered the wedges in olive oil, and pressed away. Worked beautifully, and the result was absolutely delicious! So at least until I fix another green veggie, zucchini is my favorite vegetable.

Hope you try this recipe. Zucchini could become your favorite veggie too.

  • 1 tsp. seasoned salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. granulated garlic
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¾ c. finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 same sized zucchinis, cut in half, then half again lengthwise, and each half cut into 3 wedges
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil

Combine the seasoned salt, black pepper, granulated garlic, cayenne, and Parmesan cheese in a wide pan. (I use an eight-inch cake pan.) Place the zucchini on a baking sheet and slather with the olive oil. Press both cut sides of each wedge in the Parmesan mixture. Place skin side down on the baking sheet.

Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until the coating is a light golden brown. Serve hot out of the oven.



Sometimes the easiest to prepare dish can be over-the-top delicious. But this simple vegetable dish is way too pedestrian to fall into that category! But, it is really, really tasty. And so simple to prepare. Of course, you have to like green beans. Duh! Luckily we happen to love fresh green beans, and eat them often.

Green beans are low in sodium, and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese, as well as a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper. So I say – Go Green Beans!

Now, I could bore you with more of my usual verbal antics, but I’ve decided instead to keep this post informative and to the point. So – you need a new way to prepare an old standard veggie, try fixing your fresh green beans this way. I promise you won’t be bored in the least!

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • ½ c. slivered almonds   
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt, or to taste
  • freshly grated black pepper (not too much)

Steam the beans until crisp-tender. (If you aren’t going to use immediately, plunk the beans in ice water to stop the cooking process.)

Meanwhile, in a skillet over low heat, melt the butter and sauté the almonds until they are a light golden brown. Remove from heat; stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. (This can be done ahead of time.) When ready to serve, stir in the cooked beans. Serve immediately. (If you have prepared the butter sauce and beans ahead of time, reheat the sauce before adding the beans, then allow time for the beans to warm.)


So, what do you do when you have company coming for dinner, 2 pints of heavy cream left over from Christmas, and a partial loaf of Pepper Jack cheese in your refrigerator desperately needing to be used? Not to mention eight beautiful Yukon gold potatoes longing to know how they fit in to the whole dinner party menu? Well, the answer is obvious. You make a gratin!

So yesterday, as I was contemplating the “potato” portion of my already twice changed menu, I decided to go on line and see if anyone else had possibly ever thought of using Pepper Jack cheese in a potato gratin. Once again I was reminded that there isn’t a combination of ingredients out there that hasn’t already been considered! I tell you, the internet is not good for my ego. I think I have an original idea, and then there in black and white for everyone to read is my idea already conceived and brought to fruition. Of course, hoping I could find a recipe already written was why I searched the internet in the first place! But logic has no place in this rant. So I’m just going to wallow in feeling once again usurped! But in all fairness, I do have to thank Wegmans, a grocery store chain back east for their recipe. I made a couple small changes, but I felt they were necessary not only for the outcome of the dish but also to help heal my bruised ego.

I was a bit skeptical of Wegmans recipe because I have had problems with potato casseroles in the past not getting done in the time reflected in the directions. So I did add some time, and it worked out perfectly.

Now this is not a low calorie gratin. This is a special occasion potato dish. But I am telling you true, for that once-in-a-while treat, you could not prepare an easier or more delicious side dish. Last evening I served the potatoes with Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, Spinach Salad, and Caribbean Cornbread, all of which are on this site.

So do yourself a favor and fix this gratin next time you have a dinner party or special occasion feast. It is so creamy and delicious. And as strange as it may seem, it isn’t as rich as you might think from reading the recipe. It’s actually just a lovely potato dish. Thank you for the recipe Mr. Wegman, wherever and whoever you might be. And sorry for the slight changes I made.

  • 3½ c. heavy cream, divided
  • 12 oz. (3 c.) grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 oz. (1 c.) grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly grounds black pepper
  • 4 lbs. peeled Yukon gold potatoes, sliced 1/8-inch thick* (about 8 medium sized potatoes)

Pour 2½ cups of the cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cheeses, salt, and pepper. Add the potatoes and using the best tool in your kitchen, your hands, mix until each slice of potato is coated with the creamy mess. (If you can do this step without using your hands, you are a much more coordinated person than I am!) 

Transfer potato-cheese mixture to a lightly buttered shallow ovenproof baking dish. Press down on the mixture to make sure all the potatoes are firmly in place. Pour as much of the remaining 1 cup of cream over the whole mess just until the potatoes are totally covered.  

Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven. If the top is already a nice golden brown in spots, loosely tent the dish with aluminum foil to prevent the top from getting too brown. Return pan to oven and bake for an additional hour or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes before serving.

*I use the 4MM slicing disc on my Cuisinart food processor



I love dried beans. They are so terribly multitalented and the best part – they are really, really good for us. Let me count the ways! Source – Huffington Post, Bonnie Taub-Dix

  1. Beans contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In other words, they are heart healthy.
  2. Beans are low in fat (only 2-3 percent) and contain no cholesterol.
  3. Beans pack protein. Half a cup provides 7 grams of protein, the same amount as 1 ounce of chicken, meat, or fish. Beans are a terrific source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.
  4. Beans balance blood sugar. With a low glycemic index, beans contain a beautiful blend of complex carbohydrates and protein. Because of this, beans are digested slowly, which helps keep blood glucose levels stable, which in turn helps curtail fatigue and irritability.
  5. Beans cut the risk of cancer and chronic diseases. Scientists recommend that adults consume 3 cups of beans per week to promote health. Beans contain an abundance of antioxidants which prohibit (and in some cases even prevent), the oxidation of other molecules in the body. The benefits of antioxidants are very important to good health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause a wide range of illnesses.
  6. Beans help our bodies stay regular. Filled with fiber, beans can promote regularity by preventing constipation. To maximize the benefit, always accompany high-fiber foods such as beans with ample amounts of water.
  7. Beans give us that “full” feeling. Because beans are metabolized more slowly than other complex carbs, they may aid in weight loss by keeping us feeling full without being excessively high in calories.
  8. Beans are convenient and inexpensive. Canned or dry, beans are a breeze to purchase, prepare, and store. They are also the least expensive source of protein, especially when compared to fresh meat.
  9. Beans are rich in nutrients. They contain a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans refer to many of these important nutrients as “shortfall nutrients,” meaning most of us aren’t getting enough of them.
  10. Beans are very versatile. They can be incorporated into a main dish (chili), side dish (rice and beans), appetizer (soup) or snack (dip). It’s easy to be creative when you have pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), split peas, and lentils, etc. etc. in your pantry.

Now that you know the health reasons behind incorporating more beans into your diet, let me share with you the real reason I eat beans. They are just plain delicious! And this recipe, which is really simple to prepare, is a good example. But before you get too excited, I need to mention that this dish is never going to be the star of any Mexican meal. Think of this dish like you would the back-up singer in a band. Creates another level of enjoyment for the audience, would be missed if not on the stage, but not the reason you came to the concert in the first place.

Or think of how you order a meal in a Mexican restaurant. You never order “whole beans with an enchilada on the side”. Of course not. You order an enchilada which almost always comes with a side of beans! So this is that side of beans that is good on its own, but is really on the plate to compliment the enchilada, or tamale, or whatever!

And that’s exactly what happened last evening. I made Cheese Enchiladas with Red Chili Sauce, (on this site) and served these beans on the side. What a yummy meal. BTW, the Red Chili Sauce for the cheese enchiladas is absolutely the best Mexican red sauce I have ever tasted. I’ve been making it now since the mid 70’s, and like I said, I have never tasted one better. Even the restaurants in New Mexico, Arizona, or Colorado can’t make a red sauce as flavorful as this one! (And yes, I can boast about this sauce, because I didn’t invent it. I received it from my late friend Jan W.)

So, break out the tequila, put on a mariachi CD, and whip up a Mexican dinner for your family and/or friends. Don’t forget the Guacamole! (Recipe also on this site). Salud!

  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans (about 2½ cups)
  • 8 c. water, divided, or more as needed
  • 1 lg. bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (not too much)

Pour beans into a colander. Run water over the beans and remove any rocks, dirt, or misshaped beans. Add beans to a large covered pot. Pour in 6 cups of the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 1 hour. Stir periodically.

After an hour, add the remaining 2 cups water, bay leaf, cumin, smoked paprika, granulated garlic, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer on low heat for an additional 60 to 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Beans are done when they are soft and the liquid is creamy. (Add more water if the beans aren’t tender but most of the liquid has evaporated. If you have too much liquid, remove the lid and simmer gently until you achieve desired consistency.) Adjust seasonings as required.



As I have mentioned before, a simple healthy green vegetable is almost always a welcome addition to a dinner menu. I absolutely love greens, and good old fashioned spinach is one of my favorites. And nothing could be tastier or easier to prepare than this recipe. I actually make this recipe quite often, not only because it’s delicious, but because it takes me no time to assemble the ingredients and cook up at the last minute. (I’m lazy, remember!)

So if you too want to cook healthy, but not spend hours in the kitchen, this is the veggie side dish you have dreamed about. I thank you, Popeye thanks you, and I’m sure your family will thank you too!

  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • tiniest pinch crushed red pepper flakes, opt.
  • 10 oz. bag of pre-washed fresh baby spinach
  • 1 T. Tamari (or more to taste)

Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes; cook briefly. Add spinach and cook until mostly wilted. Add soy sauce to taste and continue cooking just until the spinach has completely wilted. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately.




For any of you who routinely hear “you should eat more vegetables” or say to yourself “hey dummy – you really need to start eating more vegetables”, this is the dish for you! This Greek favorite is sooooo tasty that you or any vegetable challenged family member or friend who might be partaking at your table won’t even notice that this dish contains 6 different types of vegetables and two healthy herbs. (Oregano – contains potent antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties, as well as fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, calcium, omega fatty acids, and vitamin K. Parsley – vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and iron.) They will be so busy gulping it down, that before you can ask if they like the dish, they are going back for seconds.

And the best part, the dish is actually better the day after (or two or three days after) it is prepared. Perfect for someone who wants to do a bunch of cooking on the weekend for dinners throughout the week. Also perfect for dinner parties when other dishes you are planning might require last minute attention.

You just throw this dish in the oven for a short time before you plan to sit down to dinner. Lovely.

So do yourself and your family and friends a favor. Go Greek for an evening. Fix some Greek Ground Turkey Meatballs with Tzatziki, Hummus, Pita Bread, Briam, and Greek Marinated Olives. Spread your table with a cheerful table cloth, and sit down for a leisurely meal together. (No cell phones, etc. allowed!) If you can eat “al fresco” – all the better! And even if you make this dish just for yourself, consider yourself blessed. You get to eat every delicious morsel of this veggie dish all by yourself. (Kind of like me with fried zucchini. But that’s a story for another day!)

  • ¾ c. extra-virgin olive oil, divided plus more for drizzling
  • 1 lg. red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes with juice (Italian, if possible)
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 T. finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 2 peeled Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 2 medium sized zucchini, sliced ¼-inch thick diagonally
  • 2 small eggplants, partially peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • ½ basket cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • crumbled feta

Heat ¼ cup of the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet and add the onion. Cook gently until the onion is tender and translucent, about 20 minutes. Add the salt and pepper; stir in the garlic. Cook for another minute or two, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining ½ cup olive oil, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and parsley. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning. You may need more salt. (Don’t worry if the sauce appears oily. That’s what you need for this dish.)

Lightly oil a deep (approximately 9×13-inch) baking dish. Spread a very thin layer of the tomato mixture in the baking dish and top with half of the potato slices, half of the zucchini, and half of the eggplant. Spread half of the tomato sauce over the veggies. Repeat the layering – again ending with the sauce. Arrange the halved cherry tomatoes over the top, cut side down. Finish by drizzling a small amount of olive oil over the cherry tomatoes, followed by a light seasoning of salt and pepper.


Cover with foil or a lid and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 75 minutes. Remove the foil or lid and bake uncovered an additional 30 minutes, or until the potato slices are tender.

Cool to just above room temperature and serve, or refrigerate overnight. (Best served slightly warmed the next day.)

Wonderful sprinkled lightly with crumbled feta cheese.



I love roasted vegetables. Something almost magical happens while they are in the oven. But actually, roasting veggies transforms them from ordinary to delicious in two simple scientific ways. First, some of the water in the veggies evaporates during the baking process resulting in a more intense flavor. Plus, the vegetables caramelize on the outside allowing their natural sugars to shine forth. Like I said – almost magical.

Then of course there are the simple additives like olive oil, garlic, herbs, spices, cheeses, etc. that help transform the simple vegetable to a culinary treat. (Not too shabby for a food that is totally good for us!)

So when I needed a veggie side dish to serve yesterday to our JazzVox guests, I decided to roast 2 of my favorite veggies together using my usual “roasted veggie dressing”.

And today I decided to publish this recipe because I realized I had been terribly remiss in not doing so already. Plus I promised my good friend Laurie I would post the recipe as soon as possible. 

Laurie is a self-confessed reluctant vegetable lover. But she wanted to know how to prepare these veggies after having tasted them at the pre-concert meal. So this recipe is dedicated to Laurie and to any of the rest of you who want to eat more veggies in the worst way. Well that ain’t going to happen! However, this is the best way I know to turn one of the healthy components of a well-balanced meal into a pleasure rather than a chore.

So, eat your veggies ladies and gentlemen. But don’t limit yourself to broccoli and cauliflower. Almost any veggie can be roasted, and almost any veggie is more delicious when slathered in supplemented olive oil and allowed to spend some quality time in an oven. Well OK, there are a few veggies that maybe shouldn’t be roasted, like salad greens and cucumbers. But other than those few, all the rest are fair game!  

  • 2 c. small fresh broccoli pieces
  • 2 c. small fresh cauliflower pieces
  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • tiny pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lg. clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 c. finely grated Parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese (I use a combination)

Place broccoli and cauliflower pieces in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Pour over the veggies and mix well. (I use my hands to mix the veggies because then I can feel if the olive oil has kissed each and every veggie piece. If the veggies seem too dry, add a bit more oil. What you do not want however, are veggies drowning in oil.) Spread veggies onto a baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the veggies are tender and both the veggies and cheese are turning a light golden brown.



So when I reasoned that a nice medium-rare steak and a potato might possibly save my sanity one evening about a week before Christmas, I decided to mess with yet another way to serve potatoes that a) Mr. C. might enjoy, and b) I would love and not suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous guilt!

I had recently read that the less olive oil, butter, vegetable oil, etc. you rubbed onto paper towel dried veggies before roasting them, the crisper they would turn out. So I tried this theory when I roasted our Yukon gold potatoes that evening. OMG. They were slightly crispy on the outside, beautifully seasoned (my addition to the success), and creamy on the inside. In other words – perfect. And, they were not that caloric! A medium-sized Yukon gold potato has about 120 calories. Add a few calories for the olive oil, this preparation is still a lot healthier than mashed, French fried, or baked potatoes with all the requisite “garnishes” like butter, sour cream, bacon bits, etc.

And not only were they perfect with the steak, I knew they would be a great addition to any meat entrée. So if you too are a potato lover, but abhor the calories usually associated with said Solanum tuberosum, give this preparation a try. Of course if you are into guilt, this recipe might not help with your issues, but it’s still pretty darn delicious so you can use that in your defense!    

  • 2-3 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. dry rosemary*, ground fairly fine in a mortar and pestle
  • ½ tsp. Mrs. Dash (one of the best no-salt seasonings around)
  • ¼ tsp. granulated garlic
  • 3 med. sized Yukon gold potatoes, cut in chunks, wedges, quarters, or 8ths depending on the size. (What you really want are equal sized pieces.)

Whisk together 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, Mrs. Dash, and granulated garlic in a medium-sized bowl. Before you add the potatoes, dry each piece with a paper towel. (You want as much moisture as possible off of the potato chunks. Add to the bowl and stir until every piece has a thin coating of the olive oil mixture. Add additional olive oil only if necessary. (You don’t want any oil left in the bowl to pour over the potatoes.)

Bake in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. (If you have convection – use it!)  Reduce heat to 400 degrees, and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Serve immediately.

*I like dried rosemary for this dish because the taste of rosemary does not overpower the flavor of the potato. It’s subtle, not in your face. And for these potatoes, which are a great accompaniment to steak, hamburgers, pork chops, you name it – the yummy potato flavor is what you want.


So OK, olive oil is not usually used in Chinese cooking.  But what the heck, it’s my kitchen, my olive oil, my family and friends who will be eating the beans, and no one but me to blame for this gross misconduct and offence against all foods Chinese.

But in my own defense, olive oil is better for us then many oils that could be used, plus it tastes good. So to those who might suggest that I haven’t the right to change things up so drastically I say – sorry, but all things are fair in striving to provide great taste sensations for my family and friends. And frankly, what olive oil does for beans is almost remarkable. And I adore remarkable food. And yes, I know that most Chinese green bean recipes are heavy on the soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil thing. (And God bless them for it.) But what I wanted was a veggie side dish that didn’t include the mirepoix of Chinese food – garlic, ginger, and green onions.

I wanted a dish that simply featured the flavor of the vegetable. Especially because the evening I first served these beans, I served other dishes that all had that “Chinese food” flavor thing going. And as wonderful as that is, a flavor change is always welcome.

So that’s my story about these beans. And the best part, aside of course from the marvelous flavor of the beans, is the versatility of this simple dish. These beans can be served with almost any type of meat or seafood. And talk about quick and easy – nothing could be simpler.

So next time green beans catch your eye at the grocery store, bring some home and give this recipe a try. You are going to thank me. And speaking of thanks, I would like to thank Stacey from There’s a cook in my kitchen website who posted this recipe just for me. (Well not just for me, but I was the only one in my den/office when I found this recipe on the internet!)  

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Spread the beans onto a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Pour on the olive oil and mix until all the beans are covered in oil. Sprinkle on a fair amount of salt and a generous amount of pepper.

Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the edges of the beans start to brown and the beans are not quite tender. Remove from oven and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.




Once in a while you just have to mix things up a little. And that’s exactly what I did this Christmas. Since I was a small child, I have looked forward to my grandmother’s Dried Corn Casserole. I love it, and since leaving home and preparing my own holiday feasts, I have served it as regular as rain. But for whatever reason, this year I decided to change things up a bit. I knew I still wanted to incorporate dried corn into the mix, but what I was craving was a softer texture to the overall dish.

So I decided to take a fairly basic corn pudding recipe and give it a new spin. I decreased the amount of sugar, used whole milk, added sour cream and dried corn, and sprinkled the whole mess with paprika and fresh parsley. (The picture doesn’t show the parsley because I was taking the pudding to my nephew Eric’s home to be reheated just before dinner. At which time I then added the parsley. So the picture was taken after I removed the pudding from my oven just before leaving for Eric and Sandi’s home.)

Now I realize dried corn is not a product you normally find on a grocery store shelf. This I frankly don’t understand, but it is non-the-less a fact. But making your own is as easy as opening a bag of frozen corn, throwing the corn kernels on a rimmed baking sheet, turning on your oven, and placing said pan in the oven. In fact, that is the whole way you make dried corn! (If you don’t believe me, check my grandmother’s recipe at the bottom of this post!)

And the pudding? Well I think it turned out really delicious. It’s creamy with a great corn flavor, slightly chewy from the dried corn component, and rich, but not too rich. I received a lot of corn-gratulations from my extended family for this dish. And instead of saying thank you, I should have just said “aww shucks!” folks, but that would have been too corny! (Sorry – sometimes I just can’t help myself!)

  • 6 T. unsalted butter
  • 6 T. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper (not too much)
  • 1½ c. whole milk
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • ½ c. dried corn (this is what makes this pudding so yummy – see “recipe” for dried corn below)
  • 6 eggs
  • paprika
  • 1 T. chopped fresh parsley, opt.

Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat. Whisk in flour, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk and cook over medium heat, whisking the whole time, until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in sour cream, cream corn, whole corn, and dried corn. Beat eggs well.

Gradually stir the eggs into the mixture. (The corn mixture should be cool enough from the addition of sour cream, cream corn, etc. to not cook the raw eggs. But if for some reason the mixture is still hot, wait until it cools down before stirring in the eggs.)

Pour into a buttered 3 quart casserole; sprinkle lightly with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until soft set. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley.

Hint: This pudding is best if allowed to sit in the refrigerator unbaked overnight. This resting period allows the dried corn to rehydrate a bit and allows the other ingredients to get to know each other and become a team.


Place 1 lb. frozen corn kernels on a large baking sheet (the kind with a rim) in a single layer. Dry the corn by baking it in the oven on the lowest temperature setting until there is no moisture left in the kernels. Turn occasionally. (It could take as many as 16 hours to dry out the corn completely.) When dry, the corn kernels should resemble grape nuts. (Different color, but you get the picture.) Store the dried corn in an airtight container. No need to refrigerate or freeze.

For a picture of dried corn, see my recipe for Dried Corn Casserole on this site. (Also very good, BTW.)