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Southern Creamed Corn Fresh From Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Living in Florida has turned me into such a locavore. I get a huge kick out of seeing the little “Fresh from Florida” signs all over the produce department next to fruits and vegetables that I know the rest of the country hasn’t even started planting. These are things I rarely paid attention to even just a couple of years ago. You can imagine what it’s like to have strawberries in February or tomatoes in March. Now that it’s May, it’s corn on the cob season and that means enjoying some good ole Southern Creamed Corn made with Florida Sweet Corn.

#freshfromflorida corn on the cob: enjoy it months before the rest of the USA!

Once you have had homemade creamed corn, you will never, ever in a million years, buy it canned again. There is no comparison. In fact, on the night I made this for dinner, my son happened to notice the corn cobs in the kitchen garbage right before bedtime. He came to me and said, “I knew that had to be fresh corn tonight, it was just so delicious.”

Southern Creamed Corn made with #freshfromflorida corn on the cob.  Once you've tried this, you will never buy canned creamed corn again!

Southern Creamed Corn

Ingredients

8 ears fresh corn, husked, corn sliced from the cob

1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

1 Tbsp flour (I used gluten free all-purpose flour mix)

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup water

2 Tbsp bacon fat or olive oil

2 Tbsp butter

Method:

In a large bowl, toss the corn with the agave, flour, salt and pepper. Combine the half and half with the water and add to the corn. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the bacon fat or olive oil. Add the corn mixture to the pan. Cook, covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter.

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Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach like you find at Boston Market or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is super simple to make homemade.

Creamed Spinach like Boston Market or Ruths Chris: it's so simple to make!

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Kale and Spinach with Caramelized Kumquats and Pecans

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Feta Cheese Sweet Potato Salad

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

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Kale and Potato Casserole

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Not Your Mother’s Green Bean Casserole

 

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole Sick of cream of mushroom soup and fried onions in your green bean casserole?  This original version is miles away from tradition.  With goat cheese and a honey-balsamic sauce, this may get your taste buds up and dancing.  It is definitely  my new favorite.

Revamped Green Bean Casserole

5.0 from 2 reviews
Another Green Bean Casserole
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Ingredients
  • 3 cans cut green beans, drained (or two small packages frozen)
  • 2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1½ Tbsp bacon fat (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ tsp honey
  • 2 oz log goat cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, saute onions and pepper in bacon fat.
  2. Stir in balsamic and honey and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add green beans.
  4. If using frozen, you will have to stir and cook for longer.
  5. Cut cheeses and stir into skillet until creamy.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer mixture to a 9x13 pan and top with Parmesan.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

 

#Cookbook Review: Cowgirl Creamery Cooks

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Cheddar Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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#Cookbook Review: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook


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