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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

22-07-04 Black Bean and Corn Salsa

As I noted earlier, I was bored this morning. A little bit after I posted that, I got motivated and went out. Something struck me and I decided to go fetch some vegetables to make a western style omelet. That took me out to Ingraldi’s. As I perused the offerings, one of the ladies suggested the corn was really good. I picked up a few ears, a big tomato, a zucchini, and some potatoes. I paid and went to the vehicle.

That is when I began thinking about black bean salsa.

Many years ago I went through a short phase of eating this. I had never had it before, stumbled across it (Cooking Light, I think). I know someone gave me a jar of it too that was very good. So, I sat in the vehicle, googled a recipe, looked it over, got out of the vehicle, and purchased some more corn and some limes.

Off to Shop Rite I went for some more ingredients. I came home and began making this. I opted to make my own beans. Somewhere in all this I was looking at other recipes and someone mentioned how easy it is to make one’s own beans. This is something I have always wanted to do, but never wanted to put the time into. Well, with an Instant Pot, time is trivial. Easy peasy and it is one-fourth the price of canned. I dare say they are better than canned too.

So, I made the beans, fried the corn, prepped all the other ingredients, and assembled.

This is one of those dishes that improves over time. I wanted it cold, so I forced myself to wait an hour before having any. I had some more a few hours later. That was better. The stuff I have tomorrow, I suspect, will be better still.

This looked just like the Southern Living recipe did. It tasted good. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. Next time, I think I need some more tomato and more lime juice.

Shop Rite was out of jalapeno, so I substituted a habanero. A second one would have done well. While nothing wrong with this salsa, I thought it needed something else to pull it all together. A little zing might be just the thing.

Also, since it’s made with all fresh ingredients, there was no “sauce” to this salsa. Salsa is usually slurpy. I missed that with this. I kept thinking if I had blended (no way for me to actually do that, mind you) some of the black beans and added it in, much like one does with soup, I would have had some of that texture I was looking for.

I was excited after purchasing the vegetables. I have pared my lifestyle down so much that it is drab. Today I needed some color, some brightness. This salsa did that for me without adding to my things. That was important to me. Yummy!

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Culinary
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calorieskcal

Southern Living recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 fresh corn kernels (from 5 ears)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (from 1 medium pepper)

  • 2 (15-oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup chopped plum tomatoes (about 2 medium tomatoes [5 oz. total])

  • 1 cup chopped red onion (from 1 small [5 oz.] onion)

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (from 1 bunch cilantro)

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeño chile, not seeded (1 small chile)

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high until hot. Add corn and oil; cook, stirring occasionally, until corn is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add cumin; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in bell pepper until combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, and salt to corn mixture; toss gently to combine. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve.

Freedom

O. say can you see
flag burning liberty
plaids with stripes
offense ignites

Identify he, she and they
defund the police they say
filibuster Green Eggs & Ham
Love you, Uncle Sam I am.

I herald your open carry
with whom you decide to marry
Revere your right to be offended
faggot, nigger, cunt protended

This Is No Way to Proceed

Holing up in the apartment is not good for me. I do it because nothing good comes from going outside. I am still alone. I spend money out there. Then I feel guilty. Oh, I can afford it, it’s just something I do because I am bored.

So, I stay in.

But then I binge a certain topic and immerse myself in that. I don’t need to be watching bourbon reviews at nine o’clock in the morning.

I have my project. That’s what I keep telling myself. The project bores me, so I don’t want to do it or flatline quickly once I begin.

Not much going on right now. Nothing excites me.

I am not depressed. Looking above, it might feel that way, but I don’t think that’s it. There’s just nothing. I’ve cleared out all the distractions that I am now bored.

I have posited since my college days that we construct our societies, religions, etc. to help the masses pass time. Seventy-80 years is a long time if we don’t have things to do. I am finding that to be the case.

Martinez

Martinez

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

Here is yet another cocktail I had never heard of until I began delving into this world. From what I can gather, this is a well-liked cocktail among those in the know.

It is in the Manhattan end of things. Given that I began this exploration with the Manhattan, a Martinez would be a logical cocktail to branch out to.

It is tasty. It is a bit thinner than a Manhattan. That’s understandable as the spicy rye is essentially substituted with gin. I enjoyed this, but thought, “I will probably never order this out.” And that too is understandable as if I am going to have a cocktail out, it’s going to be something that I am really into. Nothing wrong here, but I don’t think it distinguishes itself from other similar cocktails.

Martinez

Martinez

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calorieskcal

IBA recipe

Ingredients

  • 45 ml London Dry Gin

  • 45 ml Sweet Red Vermouth

  • 1 Bar Spoon Maraschino Liqueur

  • 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

Directions

  • Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Lemon zest.

FoodSaver VS2110

Untitled

This is a post in the My Things series on this blog. In it I chronicle items I own. I seek to describe why I own the item, whence it came, and what value it provides . . . and any other tidbits of interest.

About 20 years ago I purchased a FoodSaver. I used it quite regularly. It finally died. I definitely got my money’s worth from it. I did a little research to find a similar model. This is the one that seemed like it was in the space I work in (not the cheapest but not the most fancy either). I don’t need all the gadget attachments, etc.; just something to vacuum seal my meats.

I purchased this at Walmart in Vineland back in January for $120. Pretty certain Fritz was with me when I bought this. It works like a charm.

The tilted frame is convenient for loading the rolls. It also makes it easier to line up the edge of the bags for sealing. No frills. Just what I wanted.

Doing Breakfast Dishes

Stimulating video here, I tell you.

I made my standard four scrambled eggs breakfast. I videotaped the experience. Unfortunately, I did not press record on the actual cooking nor the tasting. Sigh . . .

While the camera was already out on the tripod, I figured why not document how I do dishes, which I gather from the time my sister visited is odd. Go figure.

Manhattan

Manhattan

This series highlights the International Bartenders Association (IBA) The Unforgettables cocktails. I have decided to work my way through this series of cocktails to investigate the classics as I teach myself mixology and build out my home bar.

Of all the cocktails in this list, the Manhattan is the one I am most familiar with. I used to think of it as an old person’s drink. I have an image of the blue hairs at Jesse’s Dockside ordering these during the senior citizen discount time. Perhaps I am now an old guy and that’s why it appeals to me. Perhaps.

I’ve always been a whiskey guy, so this fits in that vein. It’s spirits forward (all spirits) and up. It’s what I think of as a cocktail.

When I first began the bar back at the house, this was the cocktail that started it all. When I re-started things here at 3-Cubed, it was there in the beginning. It’s the cocktail that I have posited would win out as my go-to cocktail. Have to say the Last Word is giving it a run for its money. 🙂

I have previously toyed with this cocktail. I accept the 2:1 ration of rye to sweet vermouth, therefore, I did not follow the IBA recipe. I used two ounces of Rittenhouse rye and one ounce of Antica Formula sweet vermouth. Both were recommended a few years ago when I initially researched this. I have been pleased since. Even so, I will be dabbling with the ingredients. I have Wild Turkey 101 Rye that is sitting here ready to take Rittenhouse’s place. Nothing wrong with Rittenhouse; I rather like it. I think the WT I will like even more. I will try substitutiing Cocchi for the Antica too. I don’t think it will win out as the Antica is wonderful, but Cocchi is one-third the price. 😉

Manhattan

Manhattan

Recipe by Robert OwensCourse: Cocktails, The Unforgettables
Servings

11

servings
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calorieskcal

IBA recipe

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Rye Whiskey

  • 20 ml Sweet Red Vermouth

  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Directions

  • Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

My Slippers Commercial

Some thoughts . . .

Slippers are not outdoor footwear. Having a plastic/rubber sole is not a selling point with me.

The regular price is $139? Who has ever paid that amount of money for these? Name one.

Taking $90 off and selling these at $50 is not a selling point. That is still too much for these.

Did you take note at all the trigger points? A folded flag. An eagle. A cross. Jesus. Note who they are trying to sell these to.

If there are “extremely low quantities” why the discount? It would seem that if you have a popular product that sells for $139 and there are only a few left, there would be no need to discount the product. Supply and demand would lead one to think the price would remain high.

Too many things for me to think about to consider this purchase. No, I don’t use slippers anyhow, but this campaign just seems artifical.