I’m having this little issue… that’s involving not being able to close my eyes at night.

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I’ve always had weirdo sleep anxiety, probably because I’m a first-born child and a full-blooded Scorpio with a major nutcase brain that pretends to be a normal brain, and if I can’t fall asleep within like 34 seconds of my head hitting the pillow, I’m all up in my own face whining “omg… I can’t sleep. OMG. I’m never going to be able to fall asleep tonight. Wait. Maybe I should turn the TV off. No. Then I’ll be scared. OMG. I can’t sleep. OMGGGGGGG. What am I going to do tomorrow when I’m soooo tired?”

I’m so ahead of myself that I’m behind.

See what I’m dealing with here?

Oh and guess what? I’m really fun to live with!!

Nevermind.

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I’ve always been an early-to-bed, early-to-rise type of gal, moreso because I’ve never been cool enough to do anything, well… cool, late at night. And if I sleep in really late, then I start having anxiety about not getting anything done and wasting the day away. The OMGs just start all over again. Like, constant.

Yes yes, super fun to be in my presence 24/7.

So. This is the story of how real life tells me I am going to marry Ryan Gosling and live in a shack when I grow up. Because last night when I couldn’t sleep… I ended up playing MASH. With myself.

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And playing MASH at the age of 29, while lying awake in your marital bed… is sort of different than playing MASH at the age of 12, while sitting at your 6th grade desk, elbows propped up on your trapper keeper and silk shirt sticking to your back because air conditioning like, wasn’t invented back then or something. And it gets even weirder, because then you’re like, supposed to pick four names to play MASH with – people you crush on and want to marry and people you really don’t like and really don’t want to marry?? But you feel like a giant creep because you already are married and so are some of the other people you know, so instead you write down names of your secret-brain boyfriends, that have unknown, uncommon names. Like George Clooney.

Oh and you definitely don’t write down names of boys that are in boy bands and stuff, because at some point, regardless of how exhausted you are, you remember that they ARE DECADES YOUNGER THAN YOU. Um. Mistake. Depressing mistake.

I seriously don’t know how I’d manage in middle school these days, because there is absolutely no way that some computer game could satisfy me like folding my notes into tiny paper footballs, making origami fortune teller finger-things and playing MASH did. I want a paper and pencil, not a hand and a keyboard please.

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Oh… wait… you want to know about this quinoa? I dunno. I made a lot of quinoa last week. I even made some KALE that I’ll tell you about. What whaaaat. Weird.

Last year I freaked out over grilled corn. This year I’m continuing the freaking. I mixed it with some quinoa, but while the quinoa was still hot, I folded in a bunch of this incredible organic white cheddar that made it so crazy creamy and packed it with flavor. So few ingredients but such a taste explosion, it’s almost seems totally unfair. It’s way too easy. It’s an awesome side dish. And it’s definitely what I’m going to eat in my shack tonight. So there.

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Grilled Corn + Cheddar Quinoa

serves 4-6

1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

4 ears of sweet corn, grilled

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons butter

4 ounces cheddar cheese, freshly grated

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Preheat your grill on the highest setting. Shuck corn ears and brush each with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Wrap each in a square of aluminum foil – just so there is one layer cover the corn. Grill for about 5 minutes each “side” – rotating corn 4-5 times during grilling.

Once corn has cooled, cut the kernels off the cob.

Add quinoa and chicken stock to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer, cover and let cool for 15-18 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Immediately stir in butter, cheddar and remaining salt and pepper. Add in corn and stir to combine, then top with a bit of fresh cilantro. Serve!

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P.S. this is also wonderful with jalapenos! I did that. Later. By accident.

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130 Responses to “Grilled Corn + Cheddar Quinoa.”

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — June 25, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    oh my gosh I love your writing style! you have such a great “voice!” :) I hope you get some zzz’s soon! that grilled corn looks out-of-this-world! yum!

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    Chloe — June 25, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Omg this is the best story I have ever read!! I love your writing style!!! …My blog will never be this great…

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    Carly@ Snack Therapy — June 25, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    As somebody with a (very, very) new blog, you are such an inspiration! Gorgeous pictures and hilarious content. That corn dish looks amazing. YUM! And corn is pretty much a vegetable, right? Right.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks Carly!

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    Moni Meals — June 25, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    You’re so funny!
    This looks so good, my kind of recipe, it is similar to my Moni quinoa mac & cheese recipe-minus the corn! I can’t wait to make this. :-)

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    Emily — June 25, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I have yet to dive into quinoa because I haven’t found the right, uber appealing recipe. Thanks to you, it’s time to head out and buy my first box!

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    meg — June 25, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    You tell the best stories. Plus you make the best food. I would be your live-in maid just so that I could sneak bites of everything you create in your kitchen!

    1) I don’t understand middle/high schoolers these days. They seem weirder than when I was that age.
    2) Exactly when did all pop stars become younger than me? These two things make me feel old and depressed. At least I look younger than I am… except for these darn wrinkles on my forehead that seemed to have appeared overnight on my last birthday.

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    Lana — June 25, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

    So is this were I tell you that I play MASH with my 4 year old because I too love to play MASH!!! Her favs are the Beebs, Erik Karlson (Ottawa Senators Hockey crush), a a couple class mates etc. But because she doesn’t know different car types we say what kind of pet is she going to have. She gets the biggest kick when for kids she picks numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 and I write down, 9, 22, 10 and 53!

    I think I know what I need to play tonight! Tim Bit Soccer can wait!!

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    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — June 25, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    Delish! What a pretty and healthy dish. Love the idea of grilling the corn for the flavor and color in this dish. YUM.

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — June 25, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    I’m totally obsessed with grilled corn. I’ll just eat it by itself with butter. Love. AND I blogged about anxiety today, too. We’re apparently just two CRAZY PEOPLE! :)

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    Kim — June 25, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Umm… wow how convenient that I have all these things waiting for me already. I’ve been experimenting with quinoa… I haven’t found a preparation that I’m in love with yet, so I am very excited to try this one. Thanks! OH, and great story telling as always. :-)

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    Eileen — June 25, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Grilled corn! I’m so excited to see the good summer corn starting to pop up at the farmer’s market. This combination with quinoa sounds perfect!

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — June 25, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    White cheddar and quinoa are literally 2 of the 3 things I actually have in my pantry right now….the 3rd thing being gin….Idontwannatalkaboutit. So basically what I’m trying to say is I’m making this the moment I get off work (and buy some corn) tonight!

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    Lauren — June 25, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I must say that I love your blog! I check it everyday at least once to get my laugh on. Not sure if your aware of the tension between these two wonderful staples ( corn and quinoa) but lets just say that the Incas aka; Team Quinoa and the Spaniards aka; Team Corn, are turning over in their graves right now! Omg they would just die if they saw a plate with those two all snuggled up together! They shunned eachothers “staple” so badly that here it is 2012 and nerdy people like me STILL know about it. Whatever girlie! This war is delicious and I say “shake it up baby”! ;)

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

      I had no idea about this!

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    Jen Marie — June 25, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    Yum, grilled corn and quinoa?! Yes and please.

    MASH is totes the best. I remember once my friend wanted to have a lamborghini as a car choice, cause you know the more good car choices you have the better your ending selection will be. She was trying to describe it to me and I totally didn’t believe her. It didn’t sound real and it didn’t sound possible. I was all WHATEVER, you’re making it up! You don’t know that many NICE car names…. LOL! I still think of that whenever I hear about lamborghini’s.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      I love this.

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    sarah — June 25, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    I’m so sorry about the insomnia…it’s absolute torture! :( I can absolutely relate. I hope tonight is better. And thank you for the yummy recipe! Being a sort of oxymoronic cook (possibly more moronic than oxy, if you KWIM), I can fire up my stove and successfully cook nearly anything in the world save for rice and quinoa (go figure). Rather than tackle quinoa cooking fear, I think I’ll be a pansy and sub in farro. :P

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    sarah — June 25, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Aaaaaaand I just realized that I used the word absolute(ly) twice in a row.

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking — June 25, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. Officially on the menu for this week!

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    Heather — June 25, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Do you think I could broil the corn? I live in a studio in a city, so no hope of grilling anywhere.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      Definitely! Maybe try a few minutes then rotate the corn?

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    Lisa — June 25, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    I made this tonight to go with some grilled chicken. It was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      Glad you liked it!

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    Brynn — June 25, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    You crack me up so much! Even though I rarely cook, I keep reading your blog because of your humor and the awesome food photos. And the one time I did try something, the snicker-chip-doodle cookies, they were pretty much the most amazing thing ever. Snickerdoodles were the only treat I loved that didn’t involve chocolate but now they do, which only makes them that much better.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      Thank you! Means so much to me.

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — June 25, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    I look forward to your posts everyday, because they make me laugh so hard!! The quinoa looks amazing!

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      Thanks Angelyn!

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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — June 25, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Bwahahaahaaaaa!!!!!! I just laughed so hard my cats freaked out and my hubs was like, “You’re totally reading that girl’s blog again aren’t you” Bwahahaaahaaa!!!! You.are.hysterical….and I’m obsessed with your blog.

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      Haha! Thanks Amber.

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    Robyn — June 25, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    if you’re sincere about your sleep anxiety, maybe try seeing a naturopathic doctor about it. there are many natural remedies you can take (via teas or herbs) that calm your mind and let you fall asleep easier. i take something called GABA on those nights when my mind is racing and won’t shut down. just my two cents.

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    DessertForTwo — June 25, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Ok, just made this and I FREAKING LOVE IT.

    That is all.
    Thanks.

    Tina

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    • Jessica — June 25th, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

      So glad you like it!! :)

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    katie — June 25, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    love MASH….still at 36….married to my dreamboat….and i still cheat if i don’t get to marry rob {my husband} and if i don’t end up in the mansion….
    such an adult….
    drooling {another adult trait of mine} over this quinoa dish…
    how do you do it?
    love,
    katie

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    Sharon lee — June 25, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Love it, and it’s great with FETA too and a squeeze of fresh lime….if you don’t mind a slight smell of feet! I’m kidding, no foot smell….it’s really not good that I was happily non guiltily in bed w my iPad and stumbled upon this post….now IM CRAZY hungry and can’t sleep….pay it forward I guess!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 25, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    So I love MASH. Like love love love it. I was telling the kid about MASH a couple weeks ago and she says “Oh I know this game! It on my phone. It’s an app” sigh. If only she knew the paper I wasted playing this game.

    Now onto the corn and quinoa. It looks amazing! Like super duper amazing. I would be all over it!

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    Shrazzi — June 26, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    You are SOOO funny… but it’s a little embarrassing snickering into my cell phone while everyone else in the house s asleep. It feels a little creepy. That little phone light dacing around in my eyes casting spooky story like shadows… I think I’ll close them now. And dream about the corn & quinoa. A MASH marriage made in heaven!

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    Cori — June 26, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    http://mashgame.com/mashgame2010.html
    Just in case you find yourself on the computer and need something to help with distractions/procrastinations/not wanting to workations. :-)

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    Erica W — June 26, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    made this last night – the corn was perfection! I think I messed up my portions on the cheese though, I guess I’ll have to try it again. What a travesty :p

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    Chris — June 26, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Have you ever thought of writing a book? Everyday I look forward to reading your posts and everyday you bring a smile to my face! And the recipes??? I LOVE the erecipes!

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    Jennifer — June 26, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I love this use of quinoa. I think I’ll always be in love with grilled corn.

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    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — June 26, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    Yep. This is definitely happening this summer. No doubt about it. Mostly because I just bought quinoa for the first time ever (what the what? I still barely know how to pronounce it) and now I just stare at it, wishing it would reveal its secrets to me…i.e.: what to make with it. As if I couldn’t find something to make on every food blog…ever.

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    ally — June 26, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Some really yum stuff goin’ on here! Luv luv luv the flavors!!

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    lauren @ the talking kitchen — June 26, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    i was trying to explain MASH to my Peruvian husband the other day- he totally did get it, but you def made me feel better for wondering how inappropriate it was for me to play at this age :) corn cheese and quinoa sounds like healthy Mexican, I can’t wait to try!

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    Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors — June 26, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

    how did I forget about MASH? Wow, I loved that game! Such suspense waiting to find out your future! Thank you for reminding me about this… somedays I wish I could be 10 years old again.

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    Emily — June 29, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    Holy yum! I just finished making this and it was delicious. The only things I did was adding avocado at the end and a little Sriracha!

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    Hannah (Hannah Lives) — July 4, 2012 @ 4:08 am

    I love everything about this. I love how you can take me back to 6th grade. Granted your 6th grade was a few years (cough ;-) before mine, but there are still SO MANY THINGS I can relate too. MASH is def one of them! And there is an app for that, which is super fun! Although I cannot let go of folding notes. I do it with my niece, she is 12, and like, THE coolest girl in her class because none of her classmates know how to fold hearts, and fancy boxes like she does!

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    Michelle — July 4, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    What brand of quinoa do you buy? I looked at my Publix and they only had one kind!

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    Joanna @ things after the rings — July 7, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Making this for the second time right now. It was the perfect alongside your double bean burgers last weekend and will be the perfect late lunch today!

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    marla — July 7, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    Such a great quinoa recipe!!

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    Tara Connor — July 8, 2012 @ 12:47 am

    I made this recipe right away when I saw it. My family actually fought over it…even my 15 year old who said “What’s Keenwah?!” lol

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    Erin — July 8, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    Jessica, this was amazing! I made it tonight with Parmesan cheese instead of cheddar– I could have sworn I had cheddar in the fridge, but I didn’t. It still turned out amazing! I”m definitely making this again, next time with the original cheddar. I have never liked quinoa before but I figured if anybody could get me to eat it, it’d be you. Thanks! omnomnomnom

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    Kelly Runs on Cake — July 30, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    This looks SO good. And as luck would have it, I was just gifted with tons of fresh corn today so I’m definitely making this for dinner! nom nom nom.

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    Annie — September 17, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    just made this tonight- turned out AMAZING! i added one jalapeno and some red onion- everyone loved it! thanks again for the abundance of delicious recipes!

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    Rachel Squire — July 2, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

    OMG! I CANNOT even tell you that you sound exactly like me! I really was starting to feel like I was the only person like this. Everyone just thinks I am crazy. Stupid anxiety just gets the best of you and we are totally the same age. We could be friends, but then there might be to much crazy. Hmm. I will think about it. But I love you right now.

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    Kristin — October 13, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I don’t usually like butter and corn but all of the flavors fit together perfectly! Thanks for the awesome recipe :)

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    Tara — November 26, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

    Just made this tonight and it was great! I used frozen corn as we’re done with the fresh cobs for the season, but it worked out fine. The cilantro and cheese combo-wow, so good. Thanks for this recipe and I’m looking forward to trying others on your site.

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    Karen — February 10, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    Your recipe is great, but why include the personal psych stuff?? Too weird nd pointless and irrelevant . Post it on an appropriate site and keep recipe sites for recipes.

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    Sarah — April 13, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    Just made this and OMG It’s delicious! Also, I think I’m starting to enjoy grilling things over my gas stove.

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