|A Taste of
Besides being delicious to eat on its own, corn is found in many popular
foods and snacks. Plan a corn tasting party with your child. If corn
on the cob is still available in your area, start with that. Compare
the corn on the cob to frozen or canned corn. Then try puffed corn
cereal, toasted corn snacks, popcorn, and corn chips. Talk about which
foods you liked best.
Corn Tortilla Chips
It’s easy to make your own corn tortilla chips. Purchase a package
of corn tortillas. Let your child use a table knife to help you cut
the tortillas into smaller pieces. (If you wish, use cookie cutters
to cut the tortillas into shapes.) Place the tortilla pieces on a
baking sheet. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle on salt.
Bake at 500°F for 5 minutes, or until crispy. Cool and enjoy.
| Corn Bread
This tasty bread is perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
1 cup flour
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat eggs
and milk. Add egg mixture and melted butter to dry ingredients.
Stir until just combined. Pour into greased, 8-inch pan. Bake at
425°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
¾ cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Prepare popcorn the old-fashioned way—on your stove. Show your child
a popcorn kernel. Explain that when this kernel is heated, it will
explode into the white, puffy popcorn that he or she likes to eat.
Pour 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a deep saucepan with lid. Place
the saucepan over high heat. Add a few kernels to test the oil. When
those pop, pour in 2/3 cup popcorn kernels, put on the lid, and shake
the pan back and forth across the burner. You must keep shaking the
pan, or the popcorn will burn. When the popping slows down, remove
the pan from the heat. Pour into a bowl and add butter and salt or
one of the following toppings.
Peanut Butter—Mix 3 tablespoons peanut butter and 3 tablespoons
melted butter. Pour over popcorn and toss to combine.
Cheesy Popcorn—Mix together 3 tablespoons butter, 5 tablespoons
grated Parmesan cheese, and a dash of garlic salt. Pour over popcorn
and toss to combine.