Honey Butter Grilled Corn 2.07 Like Mother, Like Daughter
“Your mother would like you to head out to the patio. We're barbecuing tonight.” “Thanks.” “Does Grandma have a barbecue?” “I don't know. Maybe she keeps it in the secret room with the paper napkins and the mismatched sheets. Wow, she really is barbecuing.” “Hey, cool!” “What's up, Poppin' Fresh?” “Ooh, corn!”
Two ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
In a small bowl, mix together the butter and honey.
Brush the honey butter over the corn. Make sure to fully coat and layer it on thick.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to your liking.
Wrap each ear of corn in foil while you heat the grill.
Place the corn on the grill and cook for about 15-20 minutes, rotating the corn every few minutes for even cooking.
Remove the corn from the grill and carefully peel away the foil. Return the corn to the grill for an additional 5-6 minutes to create a beautiful char.
Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
This recipe is dedicated to my friend and co-worker, Cailyn, who was so appalled when she found out I don’t like honey. Here’s the thing, I like honey when it’s mixed with something else like honey butter, honey mustard, in a vinaigrette, but I can’t stand honey on its own or when it’s just drizzled on top of something. I can’t really explain it. But this is to prove to her that I can eat honey...sometimes! I like spreading honey butter over my corn before grilling it because it creates a nice sweet and salty combo that gets highlighted with the smokiness of the grill.
This episode has one of my favorite Emily scenes from the series. The Tennessee Williams in The Reigning Lorelai is obviously my favorite (how could it not be). And “then buy me a boa and drive me to Reno because I am open for business” is a close second. But this one is definitely up there. Her joy over wearing the red pantsuit and matching with Lorelai is so pure. She WERKS that runway, and I don’t think there has been a more iconic fashion show. She even gets Lorelai into it and has fun. Her little dance at the end of the runway never fails to put me in a better mood. I’m telling you, if you ever need a little pick me up, watch Emily twirl on the runway with such delight and you will immediately feel better.
As part of the fashion show plot, Lorelai gets super jealous of one of the Chilton moms because she is clearly into Luke. This always annoys me because it’s so hypocritical of Lorelai. I know that she is jealous because even though she’s allowed to date, Luke apparently is it. However, she was engaged to a Chilton teacher! If you’re going to pick a hill to die on regarding Luke’s dating options- this is not the one, Lorelai. There are many times in which Lorelai’s hypocrisy really bugs me, and this is high on the list.
Of course, the big plot of this episode is Rory joining the Puffs. First, let me start that while I get the guidance counselor’s approach is very on-brand for Chilton, can I just say, it’s a little ridiculous. Rory is involved with the Franklin, and while she is going to need more leadership to actually get into Harvard, I don’t think she should just outright call her a loner. Rory is left feeling pressured and joins the first friend group that talks to her. I’m curious about how this plot would have played out if it was held in one of the later seasons when Rory is in college. Obviously, she is intrigued by a similar secret society, a.k.a. the Life and Death Brigade. I think Rory would have been more thrilled about trespassing as part of an initiation. I mean, she steals a boat for crying out loud!
We start to get some Paris vulnerability in this episode. “Nothing in my life is fair,” is such a mood, and I love Paris all the more for saying it. I also love that she wants so badly to become a Puff, and it helps her friendship with Rory even just slightly. Though I like the scene at the end of the episode when Rory has a quiet lunch with the other girl who was at the Puff initiation, I wish that Rory and Paris had a nice moment together, realizing that they don’t need the Puffs, and they have each other. To me, this episode sparks the character arc that Paris goes through on this show, which is arguably my favorite character arc.
This week was momentous in the Gilmore Girls fandom- or at least, for the Gilmore Guys fandom. Our beloved Kevin and Demi reunited for a parody episode of Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s new podcast. I can’t tell you how happy I was listening to them again. It was like catching up with old friends. When I first heard that Obama and Springsteen were coming out with a podcast, I first thought of Kevin and his love for Bruce, but then quickly thought of Demi and all of his Obama impressions on the podcast. I just love they did an entire episode as Obama and Springsteen- absolute perfection!
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