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Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Cooking used to be a chore. Consider early man, who spent a good five hours running his prey to exhaustion, and then, panting over collapsed antelope, had to ponder Step Two.

We've got it easy. Meat comes pre-felled, vegetables pre-grown, oil pre-pressed. All we have to do is toss these ingredients into a pot that someone else forged and set it over a fire that someone else built and installed.

Truly, it's the age of convenience.

Cooking, however, is still a chore. Many a modern man meets the challenge by outsourcing the prep work. The grocery store — or delivery service — offers pre-cut vegetables, pre-mixed sauces, pre-chunked stew cubes. Fine developments in the history of dinner.

It's a pleasure to find a recipe that needs no shortcuts, one that's simply simple. Say, a soup that calls for five ingredients, 20 minutes and a spoon. If you don't count the 12,000 years it took to develop agriculture and indoor plumbing, it's a snap.

CORN SOUP

From “The Gourmet Cookbook.” Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 20 minutes. Makes: About 7 cups, serves 6

8 cups fresh corn kernels sliced off 12 to 14 ears of corn

6 cups water

1 tablespoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Snipped chives

Simmer: Heap corn in a big saucepan. Pour in water and salt. Bring just to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered, until corn turns tender, about 20 minutes.

Blend: Working in batches and mindful of the “hot fill” line on the blender, swirl soup completely smooth.

Strain: Pour through a medium-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan.

Serve: Reheat soup over a low flame. Scoop into bowls, season with salt, pepper and chives.

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