2. Holding back the bacon with a slotted spoon, pour off all but about 2 teaspoons of the fat. Add the soybeans and 1/3 cup water to the pan; toss, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.
3. Stir in the corn, cover, and cook until the soybeans and corn are just tender, 3 minutes longer.
4. Add salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper to taste. Stir in the chives and herbs, if desired. Serve hot or warm.
Andrea Reusing is the creator of the restaurant Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C., and author of the book Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes. In this installment of The Key 3, she shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper the techniques behind three of her favorite recipes: Turnip Soup, Overnight Braised Short Ribs and Tomato Salad.