Kiss of the Sun

Endless Sanctuary, Highlands NC

In denial

I have an addiction. Well, maybe more than one. I love my mountain house in Highlands but this other addiction shows up each July and lasts through the early Fall months. In Florida, it lasts about a month but not up in Highlands NC, God’s bit of heaven on earth. If there can be an addiction that’s good for you–this is it.. in moderation..

That’s the bad word–moderation. I’ll let you in on the secret.. I learned to love it in the IL farm fields, the earlier the crop was, the better. It has to be young, and it has to pop with sugar and a burst of flavor in each and every part of it. I’m ashamed to say it’s a vegetable (tho I do love black raspberries, too!).

At Osage Farms on Rt 441 between Dillard GA and Mountain City, GA-across from the weekend Flea Market is where I get my fix. The fresh green beans are incredible and don’t even get me started with the fresh apple-blueberry bread. I plead with anyone up this way and heading back to FL to please please bring me 12 ears of Silver Queen Corn on the cob. I have no shame…if I have to get on my knees, I will.

In Denial

My family says I have a technique in eating… leave No Kernal Behind. I have a family of Enablers. How bad is that when you have an addiction to a vegetable? If I don’t eat like a ‘typewriter’ slinging down the keys from one row to the next, without stopping, until the ‘story’ is done, my family reminds me.

It couldn’t get any worse–they now put everyone’s cobs in front of me and take a picture. I am mortified-look, don’t you see! I must say, if that was a plate of fresh steaming, popping with salt and dripping real butter, it’d be all over my chin and I’d be too busy to smile!
Then a few days later I’d be thinking about that word ‘moderation’ again. . .


September 17, 2010 - Posted by | Family Time, Norton Creek Lodge


  1. Ab Fab (=absolutely fabulous)

    When you buy corn, it’s a lottery as to whether you get a perfect one after the green stuff is stripped off. Or is there a country-girl secret to this?

    Comment by David | September 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. No secret.. just luck! While they don’t let you look first, I’ve never found a bad one in any of the dozens I’ve bought. they are so fresh. I like them slim and long.

    Comment by kissofthesun | September 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m with you on that sister! Amen, and pass the Silver Queen- I like a seasoning called “Darn Good Seasoning” sort of like Lawry’s but doesn’t seem quite as salty. But a good ear of corn doesn’t even have to have salt, does it?
    In light of sounding corny- “I’m all ears” when someone says we’re having corn on the cob”

    Comment by Jeannie | September 25, 2010 | Reply

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