The Amazing Corn Sensation

IMG_1582This is my most requested recipe.

It’s an old fashioned corn pudding with a California twist.

I use masa instead of flour for a delicious tamale like flavor, and exquisite texture.

The Amazing Corn Sensation

 Ingredients  for the pudding

3 1/2 cups of corn pureed with a ½ a cup of  water  ( or 2 cans of creamed corn)

¼ cup melted butter or oil

2 TBS sugar

3 beaten eggs

¼ cup Masa Harina

½ cup milk or half and half

 Topping:  2 cups fresh corn, cut from the cob –  1 cup grated cheddar and a spritz of oil  to brown the corn

 Method:  Mix together creamed corn and melted butter (or oil). Beat in eggs, masa, sugar and milk until well combined.  Pour into 9 x 13 greased baking dish. Bake at 350* for 1 hour or until fork comes out clean. Top with cheddar and corn,  and a dash of oil, return to oven until cheesy deliciousness is to your satisfaction.

Vegan Variation: sub Egg Replacer as per instructions on the box, use Earth Balance or olive oil and soy milk.  I haven’t tried it with coconut milk, but I bet it would be DEE lish. Oh yeah, and subbing agave syrup for the sugar would be good too.


Put a Hole in it – Stay Cool with Ball Jars & Elixir Recipe

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Photo by David Kiang

I get a hammer and a screwdriver and put the disk part on top of the ring. I pound a hole into the disk with the screwdriver, being careful not to drive it so hard that I damage the table beneath.water lid Then I flip the lid and whack it with a hammer to seal the scratchy edges.  I usually have to wiggle in a bigger hole with the screwdriver,  because I like fat straws.

Do this. Don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Just don’t.watermelon 1

And drink this all day – (from my book of course).

Homemade Watermelon Ginger Elixir 

3 quarts lemonade
2 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in a blender to make juice)
2 cups or more ginger juice
Sprigs of fresh mint, rosemary, or lavender

Mix everything together in a beautiful pitcher. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Excellent wth a shot of vodka.


2 cups sugar – –  2 cups fresh lemon juice – – 3 quarts water

Melt sugar and lemon juice together in a small pan over medium-high heat just until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine them in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is melted, also about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat and mix in enough water to make 1 gallon.The concentrate keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. Mix with water before serving.

Ginger Juice

1 pound fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced or chopped in a food processor – –  4 quarts of water

Place ginger and water in a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at a high simmer until reduced to a quart, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain ginger pieces from the liquid, and store in a clean quart container.

(To make a cup of healing tisane, mix 1/4 cup Ginger Concentrate with 3/4 cup hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon and sweeten to taste.)

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