Monday, June 8, 2015

Corn and Grits Pudding with Green Chilies and Cheese


So Monday is upon me and I am so unprepared! Somehow I can be totally ready for everything I want to accomplish for the weekend, but then Monday hits and it takes me all of Monday to get ready for the rest of the week! Is anyone else like that? Maybe it is because Manservant is always flying somewhere and when he's home on the weekend I need him to help me accomplish all the tasks I can't do on my own. He's really been rockin' it too. I think he feels the pressure and finally realizing that weekends are the only time he can do odd jobs around here. Plus I think he's tired of the state of things-shall we say? Finally, I have a man of action! Well, all I can say for that is that this morning both of our backs hurt!

This weekend he finished our Buddha temple. Yes, I am Jewish, but a peaceful Buddha sends good vibes. We inherited Budda from my parents, who I think were going to leave him behind and we could not tolerate that!



 I also planted my flower boxes as it actually got sunny in these parts. It think they are going to be so pretty this year. I discovered two snakes which is not a surprise as our yard has lots of rocks, which means snakes lurk and I HATE snakes! Now I am on high alert in those areas of the yard which means I have on good running shoes.

Manservant also hung new lights over our deck so it makes it looks like a real restaurant outside.


I even have red checked tablecloths that my Mom made when she first got married, hanging in my closet ready to use! And the swamp cooler is up and running, but the pump on the waterfall is broke! Plus I weeded, but have way more to go! You see why Monday is catch up day.

Geordie is very good at holding the paper!
Well, while Manservant was busy working in Sweden last week, I was invited to my friend Karen's house for Tex Mex. So let me say this. If Karen ever invites you for TexMex, please run. Don't walk! And for sure don't say you can't make it. Karen has Texas blood in her veins and my, that girl can cook. If you don't believe me, check out her blog. I've known her about a year and she finally moved closer to me, so I get to see her a bit more. Which is good for me, but bad for my diet, I guess!


I asked her what I could bring and she said anything to go with cheese and guacamole. Sounds deadly right? Well, I had no clue what to bring. Now had she said appetizer or dessert or drinks I would have done better, but cheese and guac? I could have brought chips or tequila, but I didn't. I brought this corn puddin', because corn season is upon us. No, it isn't quite corn on the cob season, but ears are showing up everywhere. Now being from Illinois I wait to sample my first ears off the cob until at least 4th of July, but there is nothing stopping me from taking ears that aren't quite sweet enough, and using them for corn pudding. Oh my, this was good.

But that is until I tasted Karen's refried beans. Now I admit to not being a refried bean girl. Manservant is though, and he was in Sweden eating fish for all I know, but I did make him Karen's refried beans over the weekend. Yes. That is how much I liked them! Now I don't know if it's exactly how she does it, but she did kind of tell me how she does it, so I will share them with you, but not today. Because today is corn puddin! And YOU WON'T BE SORRY!


Corn Pudding with Green Chiles and Cheese
Adapted From: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
Time to Make: About 25 minutes Time to Bake: About 50-60 minutes
Ingredients:
1 T softened butter
1/4 c corn meal
1 c cooked grits, slightly cooled
3 c cooked corn kernels or about 3 ears scraped from cob
1 c milk
6 large eggs
4 t sugar (depends on sweetness of corn)
2 t coarse salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper
1 c grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 c roasted green chilies (I use frozen Hatch chilies)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325. Place a heavy baking sheet on the lower rack of oven. Grease a 3 quart souffle dish with butter. (I used a 12" cast iron skillet.) Sprinkle with cornmeal to cover sides and bottom of pan.

Cook grits according to package directions. Cool slightly.

Using a food processor or a hand held blender, puree the corn with the milk. Process until a rough puree is formed. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the grits. Stir in eggs, one at a time and then stir in sugar, salt and pepper, cheese and chilies.

Pour or scrape into prepared dish and set on the baking sheet in oven. Bake until firmly set in the center and beginning to brown around edges, about 50-60 minutes. Serve immediately, but this can also be served at room temperature. Garnish with cilantro, tomatoes, more corn and cheese and chilies if you'd like!

And a few more:
Corn, Bacon and Potato Hash
Corn and Green Chile Quesadillas
Avocado Corn Soup
Crispy Chipotle Shrimp and Corn
Summer Corn Pasta with Burrata
Corn and Green Chile Chowder with Smoked Salmon
Elote Corn in a Bowl
Coconut Corn
Calabacitas Tomato Sandwich with Corn





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44 comments:

  1. This recipe is soooo up my alley taste wise. But WHAT I really LOVE is your dog!!!!1

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    1. Thanks Carol! I love corn! And that is Geordie, my new Skye terrier pup!

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  2. Ah, thank you so much for the compliment! We love having you and just let me know when Manservant is gone next and we will do it again. So glad I didn't assign you a dish because this pudding was fabulous. So good in fact, my husband was disappointed that we didn't have more when somebody (me) ate it all. Oh well, next time he'll get in there first.

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    1. I don't think my husband will let me come without him, if you make that meal! Next time you shall both come here!

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  3. Wow that looks like the best corn pudding ever! I need an excuse to make it---and stat! We may be doing Tex Mex soon, too!

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    1. Indy needs some Tex Mex, Liz! I am sure yours is great!

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  4. P.S.Geordie is so stinkin' cute!

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    1. Too bad he and Izzy can't have a play date!

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  5. great stuff! I can see wedges of it served with a green salad!

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    1. Most definitely, Mimi! And hubby would say a fried egg on top!

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  6. Well that looks amazing! Your deck is lovely, your pup is growing and so adorable and you have succeeded in getting your husband to do projects on the weekend - sounds pretty great for a Monday! Have a wonderful week .

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    1. Damn Tricia. You make Monday seem pretty good! Now I will have a great week!

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  7. Snakes? The Manservant handled rabbits; I'm sure he'll be up to snakes. ;-) I love corn pudding! And it's been forever and a day since I made it. Yours looks terrific -- love it. Thanks.

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    1. Manservant grew up in Texas. Snakes are afraid of him. Truly he catches them and puts them in the neighbor's yard. T think they come back though! Thanks John!

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  8. Hi Abbe, I love Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, they really know what they are doing, this pudding looks amazing. Pinned! Geordie is beautiful!

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    1. It was amazing and soft and delicious, and totally hearty. They used polenta and no chilies or cheese. But you know I can't resist chilies or cheese!

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  9. I first thought it was fritatta :-)) The pudding looks very tempting, Abbe. Great job on the deck.

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    1. Similar to a frittata but thicker and softer and better, IMO! Wait 'til you see it with the flowers blooming!

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  10. I like the sound of this dish...savory and spicy pudding with all the corns and cheese...looks delicious Abbe. Nice deck...
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

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    1. It is delish, Juliana! The lights made the deck look brand new. Now we have to stain it!

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  11. Your outdoor area looks so inviting! You've done a wonderful job and now just need more sunshine and less rain and hail...at least today and tomorrow look good but we can't say the same for the upcoming weekend.

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    1. Thanks Holly. Want to bring the boys over to play? This rain is killing me!

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  12. I've never ever had anything like this before!! Clearly my taste buds have never lived!

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    1. Clearly Gigi, it is time to wake them up!

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  13. I love your backyard temple! And those strings of lights. We're getting ready to hang some lights also, and the ones you have are just like what I want. Where did you buy them? Those puppy ears make me smile! AND I can only imagine how good Karen's Tex-Mex food is. She's a good cook!

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    1. She is a good cook. Costco is the place. And yes. It looks like his head can barely hold the ears up!

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  14. #1. I made your pea salad and crab cakes for dinner last night.#2. The crab became shrimp as I couldn't find crab at the store.#3. Equally delicious #4. Geordie is just adorable. #5. Your yard is looking really special. #6. I always loved the buddah and NO I wasn't going to leave it behind.#7. I like the buddah's new home. #8. Thank you, Ed, for all your carpentry and electrical work.

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    1. Mom you are getting so good at this! Keep up the good work!

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  15. I ahve never tried this type of pudding..so colorful!

    I LOVE your Buddha garden..LOVE.

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    1. Thanks Monique. it is luscious! Buddha does look good, doesn't he?

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  16. Monday can be a pain indeed, some are just not meant to be when it comes to planning.
    Think at the bright side, you now have a stunning Buddha to cheer you up :)
    The corn pudding looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Emanuele! He is a very graceful Buddha. He likes all food!

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  17. You did have a busy week. My favorite project is the restaurant-style twinkle lights. I've been meaning to do something similar for about 15 years! GREG

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    1. We always had little lights but when we found those we knew it was meant to be. some things just take a long time! Costco, Greg!

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  18. This looks wonderful and would go well with so many entrees!

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    1. Thanks Chris. It also goes well on its own with a hearty salad. Perfect for a light meal!

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  19. Anyone who makes good guac and refried beans is someone I want to be hanging out with! This corn puddin' is nothing to laugh at either. Corn is my favorite and this just looks dang good.

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    1. Great minds think alike, Joanne! I love corn, too!

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  20. Abbe, my dear, this is to eat and repeat. I am crazy for both corn and grits... so yes, if I get a hold on silverware this pudding would disappear in a blink of an eye. I am already including it in my list of recipes-to-try.

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    1. That's so nice, Denise! I will tell you that I will be making it again. It was great!

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  21. I love just about anything made in an iron skillet - yours is especially tasty looking! Thank you for submitting to Yum Goggle! We are now following you on all available social media platforms and hope you will do the same. Your post will be shared on up to 11 social media outlets and has been chosen to be in the newsletter tonight. Thanks again! Kelli at YG

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    1. So exciting! Glad to see the site up and running and it looks great! You must be exhausted!

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  22. This is a beautiful dish. I can tell that it runs the mouth-feel gamut. Wow, Abbe!

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  23. sounds delicious, Abbe! It looks like Manservant got so much done! I love your deck lights...so pretty, and that makes sitting outside so much nicer in the summer. We do the same thing around here re: house projects. Mr. Table is gone most of the week at work, so the weekends are usually packed with "to-do" items that i can't do by myself. I try not to overload him, but some weekends he's probably thankful to get back to the office. ;)

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