There is a brief period at the end of the summer when tomatoes and corn are both at their peak. The ears of corn are so sweet and succulent that they only need to be steamed for 2-3 minutes. The kernels soften and swell and when you bite into the cob they explode with sweetness against your tongue. The tomatoes are juicy and just tender, needing only some coarse salt and fresh basil to accentuate their rich flavor. Alex likes a bit of butter on his corn but beyond that nothing else is needed. We gorge ourselves on the fresh vegetables knowing that as the nights slowly stretch out and the temperatures drop this bounty will soon be a memory.