The Essential Earthman
The Essential Earthman, by Henry Mitchell (Mariner Books, 1999; $14), captures much of the wit and wisdom of this famous garden author.
For many years, Henry Mitchell wrote an informative and entertaining gardening column for the Washington Post. His best essays became classics to savor again and again, transcending the gardening basics of soil, plants, and weather. That (plus his unique humor and style) probably accounts for his enduring popularity with beginning gardeners, advanced gardeners, and nongardeners alike.
Charcoal-Roasted Corn with a Twist
This simple way to roast fresh corn on the cob over charcoal is a great change of pace and adds zip to any cookout. Adjust the seasonings to suit your own tastes, but do try all three in combination. This is not your ordinary corn on the cob!
12 fresh ears of corn with husks intact
fresh lime juice to taste
garlic powder to taste
dried red pepper flakes to taste
kitchen string to tie husks closed
Soak unshucked corn ears in cold water for about 10 minutes. Drain. Carefully peel back the husks and pick out the silks, but do not detach the husks. Drizzle a little freshly squeezed lime juice on each ear, then add a dash of garlic powder and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Now replace the husks and tie the ends shut with kitchen string. Place the corn on a rack about 6 inches above hot coals. Roast about 15 minutes, turning a few times. Sprinkle lightly with water if they begin to scorch too much.