When you’re craving the flavors of the summer garden, instead of going for the ears of corn grown Lord knows where, make hominy. The best dried corn captures that corn flavor from the field and stores it, ready to be enjoyed in the colder months. Because crowder peas are a summer crop, in the winter you’re more likely to see them frozen than fresh. But when they’re shelled fresh and frozen right out of the field, they keep their intensity of flavor with very little change in texture. You can stockpile crowder peas in the summer months and freeze them to enjoy in the winter. —Sean Brock
Excerpted from South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations by Sean Brock (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2019. Photographs by Peter Frank Edwards.