Butter Up! 20 Crazy-Good Grilled Corn Recipes
Buh-bye, boiled corn. We’ve found something better — infinitely better. Since we’ve been grilling everything under the sun this season, from our breakfast to our fruit, we were thrilled to discover the smokey, grilled flavor of a slightly charred, sweet ear of corn. We know, it’s not hard to grill up good corn on the cob. But if you’re armed with the right recipe, good corn can transform into fantastic corn! Here are 20 crazy-good grilled corn recipes… because grills were made for so much more than burgers.
3. Grilled Corn on the Cob With Cilantro, Pesto, Chili and Parmesan: Smothered in spices and a hearty handful of parmesan, this grilled cob is perfection. (via Drizzle and Dip)
4. Grilled Corn on the Cob With Honey Butter: Found: the perfect side dish for your summer barbecue. A creamy honey butter perfectly complements the starchy sweetness of the corn. (via Picture Perfect Meals)
6. Zesty Grilled Corn: Pull that still-warm corn off the grill and kick up the heat with smoky paprika, crushed red pepper and lime zest. Now that’s the way to amp up a cob. (via Noshing with the Nolands)
7. Spicy Grilled Corn: Here’s a zesty spin on the classic grilled corn. Instead of boiling away all the flavor, place those cobs (still wearing their husks) directly on the grill. Bonus tip: Husking is much more simple when the corn is heated. (via Live Life and Good Food)
8. Grilled Herb Butter Corn: The smokiness of the grill pairs perfectly with sweet corn and a buttered herb sauce. This recipe suggests grilling the corn while still wearing their papery husks — just soak them in water first to prevent burning. (via Southern Fatty)
9. Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob: Elote is the traditional name for Mexican corn that is slathered in mayonnaise and topped off with cotija cheese, lime and chili powder. Yes, please. (via Jason and Shawnda)
11. Barbecue Grilled Corn With Garlic and Parmesan Cheese: All good things come with butter. And cheese. And garlic. No exception here! This ear is buttered up with a garlic mixture and garnished generously with parmesan, parsley and a pinch of crunchy sea salt. Prepare yourself to be accosted by raving foodies proclaiming, “I need that recipe!” (via Best Recipe Box)
15. Grilled Corn on the Cob With Jalapeño-Lime Aioli + Parmesan Cheese: The perfect technique for grilling corn involves aluminum foil. Grab a roll and get ready to chow the juiciest ear you’ve ever tasted. (via From Brazil to You)
17. Grilled Lime Corn and Queso Fresco: A basic summer staple just turned blissful. This recipe pulls from some Mexican flavors like lime, cumin and paprika for an exotic, kicked-up corn cob. (via Personal Chef Approach)
18. Grilled Corn With Basil and Gorgonzola: Grilled to perfection and smothered in a buttery Gorgonzola and basil mixture, this might just be the most delicious corn ever. You’ll never know ’til you try it. (via Coupon Clipping Cook)
20. Grilled Corn on the Cob Five Ways: Here’s inspiration for the fans who can’t wait to try ’em all. You’ve heard of a taco bar? Here’s a twist: the corn bar. Tons of butter and fresh toppings only make this basic food better. (via Food + Femininity)
We told you — no standard corn here! Which version are you dyin’ to get on your grill?
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com