Make your mealtime a little corn-y

Ears of corn are ripe and ready and coming out your, well, ears! Here's six great ways to use them.

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  • It's that time of year again: Ears and ears of corn are ripe and ready and coming out your, well, ears!

  • Corn is very nutritious, containing fiber, magnesium and vitamin C. Scientists believe the people of central Mexico developed corn from teosinte, a wild grass, at least 7,000 years ago. In fact, Columbus loved it so much that he acquired some from Indians in America to take back to Spain. From there, corn has quickly spread throughout the world for everyone to enjoy.

  • Cooking corn is simple enough, and everyone loves it rolled in butter, salt and pepper. But it's time to get creative with your corn! Here are six fun and delicious recipes for corn that will impress everyone.

  • Cowboy Caviar
  • This twist on a southwest salsa combines many fresh ingredients packed full of flavor and nutrition. Use it as a dip with some lightly salted tortilla chips, or take a spoon and dive right in. And here's a little secret: The longer you let the ingredients marinate, the better it will taste.

  • Corn on the Cob with Chili and Lime
  • Also known as "Mexican Corn on the Cob," this variation on your everyday corn on the cob will wake up your taste buds. Every kernel is packed full of flavor. This would make a great side dish to almost any summer meal and takes very little preparation effort.

  • Corn Chowder
  • Sure, it's summer, but who doesn't love soup? This chowder uses fresh corn, not canned. After simmering all the amazing ingredients, let this soup sit in your crock pot all day for the perfect summer meal.

  • Charred Corn Succotash
  • Another great dish full of fresh summer ingredients, this succotash will impress even your foodie friends. It's quick and easy and even my picky little eaters ate it up. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  • Corn Salad with Feta and Walnuts
  • This recipe is an instant hit at any party. This makes a rich and delicious side, or add some chicken for a quick summer main dish. It's great to make ahead or keep as delicious leftovers — if there are any!

  • Southern Creamed Corn
  • This comfort food comes straight from the south. It can be paired perfectly with a steak or some ribs and will become an instant favorite for your whole family. Give it a little something extra by adding some crumbled bacon.

  • Just step into any grocery store and you'll be sure to find ears and ears of corn. But if you want the absolute best and tastiest corn, find your local farm that sells it and stock up! It will go fast.

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Becky is a wife and mother of 4. She enjoys music, running, and baking. Becky blogs at Make Mine Happy.

Website: http://makeminehappy.com

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