The 50 Best Summer Foods: A State-by-State Guide

Corn has been Iowa’s leading crop for 150 years, but most of that is field corn; the sweet stuff, which is full of phytonutrients and fiber, is sold locally at farmers’ markets and roadside stands. To get your fill, head to the West Point Sweet Corn Festival, where hot, buttered sweet corn is free. Trying to cut down on unhealthy saturated fats like butter? Whip up this party-perfect salad from Michael Armstrong of Bodega Negra in New York City: Toss the kernels from 2 grilled ears of corn with a glug of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice, a pinch of sugar, 1 sliced scallion, 1 tbsp corn nuts, 11/4 tbsp queso fresco, and 1 thin-sliced red chile. Season with salt, transfer to a bowl, and top with another 11/4 tbsp of queso fresco; garnish with a lime wedge, chopped cilantro, and chopped mint. (Here’s an simple way to cut the kernels off your cob without making a mess.) 

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