3 November 2010

Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club Celebrates with Corn

Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks

We are so glad you have decided to join us once again for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. This is a monthly event where 5 ladies in two neighbouring countries get together to create a delicious meal with a theme in mind. We are now in our second year and continue to share a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. The idea is simple because of our common interest in cooking and healthy cuisine. We love to share these ideas with you each and every month through our Virtual Supper Club. This is a team effort where we combine what Cooking Light readers like best...good food with great company!!!!This months theme "A Celebration of Corn" was chosen by Sandi of The Whistestop Cafe.

Before we move on to the recipes there have been a few changes here at the Virtual Supper Club. Long time member Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch has moved over to a vegan lifestyle as well as made some other major changes in her life. We wish you all the best Shelby!!! Also we must say goodbye to Patsy of Family, Friends and Food who is concentrating on her family, PAC meetings and life in general. We wish you both well ladies!

Now on to this months menu where we have a lineup that will leave you wanting more from old friends and new.

Long time member Jamie of Moms Cooking Club starts us off with a pan of  Double Cornbread What more could we ask for than this comforting dish. But it doesn't stop there!

We would like to introduce you to Mary Ann of  Meet Me in the Kitchen. For her very first dish for our Virtual Supper Club our newest member packs in some flavour with a tasty Greens with Roasted Corn and Pepper Salad. Combine all ingredients an hour before dinner, then finish assembling the salad just before serving. This was a delicious way to start off Mary Ann.

 Sandi of The Whistlestop Cafe, being a true Southern gal, has chosen a showstopping main dish of Curried Corn Crab Cakes from the pages of Cooking Light. Lump crab meat, corn, and curry spices combine to make a delicious entree. This has that WOW factor Sandy!

I decided to round out the meal with a classic dish of Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks. Fresh creamed corn is nothing like the toothless stuff from a can, even if I am a fan ot the canned variety.  The kernels are plump and full of corn flavour. Easy and quick to prepare this is an especially delicious side dish for chicken or pork. When I think of late summer or early fall no vegetable is more synonymous with the season than freshly picked corn on the cob. Although corn is now available in markets year-round, it is the locally grown varieties that you can purchase from your local farmers that not only taste the best but are usually the least expensive.

Our own mothers and grandmothers were the "Paula Deen's" of their day. They never used margarine since butter was the only thing available in their kitchen. If the recipe called for milk, cream would make it better. "Calorie" or "fat" content were added to their list of "swear words" and they were never even a consideration when it came to cooking. I am here to tell you that you can make this rich side dish "light". When you tasted this creamed corn you will know it is a perfect fit for your repertoire of cooking sensations. This dish is old-fashioned but simple and memorable. The uncomplicated sweet delicacy of fresh, juicy corn is the secret.

And finally we would like to welcome back our long time member Helene of La Cuisine de'Helene who has relocated to Eastern Canada to be close to her family. Welcome back Helene!!!! Helene consulted with her kids and decided upon Lemon Cornmeal Cookies.

Here is my recipe from the pages of Cooking Light....

**Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks**
from Cooking Light

6 ears corn
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon
1 cup chopped leek

Cut kernels from ears of corn to measure 3 cups. Using the dull side of a knife blade, scrape milk and remaining pulp from cobs into a bowl. Place 1 1/2 cups kernels, low-fat milk, cornstarch, sugar, salt, and pepper in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping sides.

Cook bacon in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Remove the bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Add leek to pan, and cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring constantly. Add pureed corn mixture, remaining 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, and corn milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon just before serving.

Serves 6

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27 comments:

  1. This sounds great! Anything with bacon gets my attention. It looks delicious!

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  2. Wow. Corn is lovely on its own and then combine bacon and leeks and you have a dish that would qualify for the best of company.

    As you know, I always enjoy your Cooking Light supper clubs. It's nice to see Helene is back. I've missed her.
    Sam

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  3. Rustic soups don't come more comforting than this one. Love the fact that it got lightened up a little...more place for dessert ;o)

    Have a great day and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  4. i'm cooking very lightly today: leek and potato soup - as usual, soups are the lightest meals around

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  5. I love this homemade creamed corn. Looks delicious. I love your picture too.

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  6. Thanks Val for the warm welcome. As always beautiful written post. What a lovely soup for those colder days that we are getting in Ottawa. Have a great day!

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  7. I love the blog hop... it's like a virtual progressive dinner.
    This creamed corn is on my 'must do' list!

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  8. The blog hop has been fun. I am sure that corn would make a delicious creamy soup but creamed corn is not a soup (although I usually find it in a can:D). So much better homemade like our grandmothers did.

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  9. Scrumptious! That is a wonderful light dish.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  10. Oh yum, Val!! When my brother Ryan is home he makes creamed corn from scratch and it is to DIE for!! Yours looks fantastic with all that scrumptious bacon. :-)

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  11. Very nice! I have been making corn soup a lot this season, and I think it is time I expanded my repertoire.

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  12. I've never made creamed corn! This sounds delicious with the addition of leeks...I am always looking for recipes with leeks, I like them and don't cook with them enough. Love the corn theme!

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  13. Being the corn addict that I am (polenta is my drug of choice) I am completely enamored with this round-up! That creamed corn looks amazing...and I love that it's not bad for me either!

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  14. I have never made creamed corn. This sounds great.

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  15. I love Cooking Light recipes- this one's a keeper! The flavors all sound fabulous together. And thanks for the links to the other recipes as well- they all sound yummy!

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  16. Love the addition of bacon - this looks delish!

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  17. I cut my teeth on creamed corn! It is a major staple at the southern table. Of course it was made with heavy cream and lots of butter. This sounds like a good addition to the harvest table--and, now living in the midwest "corn belt", my freezer is full of corn.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  18. Wow, I love your new layout, it is so user-friendly and vibrant. Good work Val! Sorry I have been so absent from your site, exciting things happening at My Easy HQ!!
    Love all things corn......creamed the best!!

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  19. Vall this look absolutely amazing and delicious! gloria

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  20. Corn and bacon are so perfect together. There are few things as comforting as FRESH creamed corn. No canned stuff will ever taste good to me.

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  21. Creamed corn is one of the best inventions ever, in my opinion. This lightened version sounds great!

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  22. Corn is good! What a tasty round up!

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  23. Val, this looks awesome.

    I am loving the look of your blog. Its been a while since I have been able to blog hop! Welcome to MaryAnn!

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  24. Ouuuu, I'd love a big bowl of this.

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  25. It was so nice to have spent time with you in San Francisco and to get to know you better. I would love to joing one day one of these groups.

    I Venezuela, we take cream corn and make pancakes and top them whith a white cheese.

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  26. I must say that I've never been the biggest fan of creamed corn, but this looks REALLY good. Must be the bacon and leeks. :-D

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  27. I really enjoy these sharings. Corn at this time of the year is still so lovely and sweet. Each one of these recipes sounds comforting and warm.
    :)
    Valerie

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