Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My husband’s former college buddy, Mike from Towson, MD, has come to visit us. We are in the middle of a drought, and therefore really do not consume much beer. Ice water is in higher demand.

Tomorrow’s temperature in Frankfurt is supposed to go up to 39.4° C (105 F) in the land where only some big businesses have air-conditioning. Hospitals, schools, and private homes generally do not have A/C.

Mike from Towson, Maryland

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Our visitors are just about to board the InterCity back to Paris after having spent three days with us in Oberursel.

Yes, this is 30 December and we were on the balcony, dressed in sweaters only. This winter has been very mild so far. The only slightly wintry thing you see on my balcony are the dead strawberry plants in the planter.

Richard from Paris and Sherry from Maryland, U.S.A.

Corn Fritters – A Maryland Recipe

My Franco-American brother-in-law is here in Germany on another visit. This time we surprised him with homemade Maryland corn fritters – he had not had them in 30 years.

Grating kernels for corn fritters

Here is the recipe from great-grandmother Laura Shipley:

1 dozen ears corn, grated (see above)

1 egg, slightly beaten

¼ c. flour

Grate corn into 2-3 qt. container.  Add beaten egg and flour. The consistency is important – too much flour and fritters are “tough” – too little flour and the fritters are runny (option: do a test batch the first time with least amount of flour).  The batter should be “gloppy” – which means not runny but not too thick!  If the first batch sticks and doesn’t turn well, add about 2-3 Tbsp. more flour (usually that takes care of it).  Fry in hot Crisco oil or margarine. Drain. Serve with salt and butter, or try salsa. Excellent summer time lunch or accompaniment for supper.

Note: preferably old or thick kernels of  yellow corn for best results. Young corn or small kernels are not good for fritters. Important for batter to be of creamy consistency, which is why grating works best when shredding kernels.

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