Hi Emily in Paris:
By the way, I love that movie Amelie that's
set in Paris... I wonder if that Greengrocer in the movie had corn in his market??? Prob. not.
I grew up on Cape Cod and we had amazing corn every summer, grown by a guy in East Falmouth called Tony Andrews. My mom still goes to "tonyandrews" for corn each year.
My Dad always cooks corn on the cob in a big pot of boiling water with sugar and a splash of milk in it. (????i know, odd) But always delicious corn, which we ate with the little corn on the cob yellow plastic poky things stuck in each end with tons of butter and salt and pepper.
I moved to Oregon many years ago and all I ate the first month I lived here was corn on the cob. Out in the Hood River Valley the Corn is just simply fantastic! I have cooked it by boiling it and grilling it with and with out the husk ( i agree with Rick Bayless, that somebody mentioned in their post, that grilling IN THE HUSK is basically just steaming the corn.)
I have also wrapped it in foil and shoved it in the middle of a campfire, but that again really just steams it. ( good, though!)
Sometimes I cut fresh corn off the cobs and saute it and then make corn " stock" by simmering the cobs for a while ( corn chowder! yum)
I bet all this corn talk makes you want it BAAAAAD, Emily, I hope you can make up for not having corn by reveling in the wines,cheeses and breads that you can get in Paris that we cannot in the states!