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"For the best flavor, serve fresh corn as soon as you can," says Leanne Ely, author of Saving Dinnerthe Vegetarian Way. "After a day or two, the sugar will turn into starch, causing the vegetable tolose some of its sweetness."

  • On the cob
    Remove silk and grill cornin husks for 5 to 10 minutes. In a foodprocessor, blend 2 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp.olive oil, and 2 tbsp. chopped cilantro;smear on hot corn. Tops 8 ears.
  • In a black-bean salsa
    Mix 1 1/2 cupscooked corn kernels, 1 cup diced tomato,1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1/4 cup choppedred onion, 1/2 cup black beans, and half ajalapeño pepper, chopped. Serves 4.

  • As a summer salad
    Toss together2 cups cooked corn (sliced off the cob),1/4 cup chopped basil, 1/2 cup choppedtomato, 1/4 cup chopped red onion, and1 tbsp. olive oil. Serves 5.