Husband has a full beard and mustache. Always has. Since he was eighteen he tells me. My brother-in-law asked me on my wedding day if I was sure I wanted to marry a guy whose face I'd never seen. We just celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary so I guess I did the right thing! Because of his beard and mustache he does NOT like to eat corn on the cob on the cob. He says he gets butter in his mustache and then smells it all night. But he loves fresh NJ corn. So, when I serve corn, I cut it off the cob. Normally I just saute the fresh corn in a little bit of butter and sprinkle it with salt but that was getting a little boring. I tried this one evening and it was a big hit with Husband and Daughter's Boyfriend.
Clean the corn. Holding the ear vertically in a deep bowl, slice the corn off the cob with a knife. Throw the cob away.
Put a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Slice about a tablespoon of bacon into tiny pieces and place them in the skillet. Cook them slowly until they start to get crisp. Into the same skillet with the bacon put about a tablespoon (up to two tablespoons...depending on how much corn you have....I usually cook for 3 or 4) of butter into the pan. Let it melt slowly.
As soon as the butter is melted spoon the corn and a handful of fresh lima beans and one small zucchini chopped into small pieces into the skillet. Stir everything around. Put a lid on the skillet and turn off the heat. The heat of the pan will cook the corn. And you don't want to turn that natural sugar into starch if you can help it. Leave the mixture in the covered skillet for 10 minutes more.
Just before you are ready to serve, remove the lid and turn the heat back on. This time turn it to medium high. As soon as things begin to bubble, pour on just a dollop (1 to 2 tablespoons, again, depending on how much corn you're cooking) of heavy cream onto the corn mixture. Stir it around, sprinkle with just a pinch of coarse Kosher salt, turn off the heat, put the lid back on. Leave the lid on for a few minutes while you plate the rest of dinner, then serve this really creamy, delicious corn dish.
Haven't met a corn lover yet who hasn't swooned over this! (This can be made with just corn and no lima beans....also, chopped tomato or zucchini can be added too).