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Cooking With Corn
A Taste of Corn
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
¾ cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted

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.
Popcorn, Please

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.