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Esquites (Fresh Corn with Lime, Cayenne Pepper, and Cojita Cheese)

I’m normally neutral about corn on its own – which is to say I don’t dislike it or feel immense pleasure when eating it – but there was one time when I really wanted to eat a fresh ear on its cob.

My friend, Augie, was visiting me in New York, and he wanted to go to a restaurant known for its grilled corn with lime and spice. Until I started writing this post, I didn’t remember exactly what was on the corn, or the name of the restaurant for that matter. But I knew that this corn had flavors that made it exciting.

(Note: It was quite easy to find the name of the restaurant with the amazing corn. I only had to search for “grilled corn, New York” to find Café Habana at 17 Prince Street. For the record, their grilled corn is made with lime, chile powder, and cotija cheese.)

I had that grilled corn years ago, so I had completely forgotten about it.  Until last weekend, that is, when I watched Marcela Valladolid make esquites on Mexican Made Easy

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Horchata (Sweet Cinnamon Flavored Oatmeal Drink from Marcela Valledolid)

I’ve never liked oatmeal – too wet and soggy for my tastes – but I love the flavor of oats. In fact, I once built my favorite snack around rolled oats.

This was years and years ago, back when my night started at 11:00 and ended in the early morning hours.  I was living in New York, and I had a friend who liked to dance to Britpop music in sweaty bars.  I tagged along, and kind of fell in love with the energy of these sticky, hot, crowded places.

But I also knew I had something exciting waiting for me at home.

So when the night ended and a cab dropped me off at my Brooklyn apartment, I bounced through the door, excited to eat rolled oats.

Not by themselves of course. I used them to build my very special creation: oats with peanut butter, honey, raisins, and nuts. Sounds strange, right? But this mixture was kind of like moistened muesli.  It was so satisfying.

These days, I’m home by 11:00 on a good night, so I had forgotten all about my favorite late night snack.  That is, until I caught the end of the T.V. show Mexican Made Easy this past weekend.  Host Marcela Valladolid was making horchata, the sweet Mexican drink, with oats.

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