Those of us who rely heavily on Netflix, Hulu, and the Interwebs for our TV-viewing pleasure (guilty as charged) might have missed that there’s a show on the Food Network called Farmhouse Rules. The show stars Nancy Fuller, a Columbia County resident who uses local ingredients in her positively mouth-watering culinary creations, which she feeds to her husband, 13 grandchildren, and the rest of her family and friends. The show is in its 3rd season, and if you’re cable-bereft, there are some video clips on the Food Network website. We love her simple, “rustic cooking” approach to creating meals, not to mention her use of the Hudson Valley’s abundance of fresh ingredients. There’s a nice article about her from November 2013 on Rural Intelligence in which Nancy expounds on what she considers her “responsibility to the Hudson Valley.” We’re lucky enough to have a taste of what Nancy has to offer in the form of a recipe for succotash using local fall corn. Farmhouse Rules airs every Sunday at 12:30pm on the Food Network.
Nancy Fuller’s Super Simple Succotash
4 thick slices bacon, chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
5 ears corn, shucked and kernels cut off (about 5 cups)
2 cups canned lima beans, rinsed
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place a large skillet over medium heat, then add the bacon and cook until the fat has rendered and the bacon has crisped, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic and onions and cook until the onions have softened a bit, about 5 minutes. Add the corn and cook another 2 minutes. Add the lima beans and then remove from the heat. Stir in the basil and red wine vinegar, season with salt and pepper and serve.
Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes