Sunday, August 28, 2011

Black Bean Mango Salsa

Sorry for the delay. I know you've all been waiting for the now infamous BBM Salsa.... Quite delicious and probably also good on fish or as a side salad

1 can black beans rinsed and drained
1 cup diced mango chopped the Janet Cook way...
1 roma tomato chopped coarsely, or very tiny, Leigh's strategy.
1/2 cup yellow pepper diced
1/2 cup orange pepper diced
1/4 cup red onion finely diced
1TBS jalapeno minced, with seeds for more heat
1TBS cilantro chopped
2TBS lime juice squeezed
Salt to taste

Next up: canned peaches...

Monday, August 22, 2011


Here we (Lyn, Janet, Leigh) are last Saturday dishing up salsa at the Holland Farmer's Market salsa competition. About 16 teams. All different kinds of salsa with varying degrees of burn. The guy next to us, who was wearing hot pepper apron and chef's hat, promoted his entry as "applesauce with a little bite." NOT. Not little. We pitched many, many of those sample cups that his customers couldn't finish because of its vicious hotness. But he won a prize, and we didn't, so ... next year we need to ramp it up.

Most of the kids gave our salsa a big thumbs up, though! I'll get Lyn to post the recipe. It was beautiful, tasty and contained complete protein ... so, healthy too! You could eat it for salad or as an accompaniment for fish or poultry.

Our spiel: "Our salsa speaks for itself."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Corn-Cucumber Tabouli

Here's a recipe I made up last week when we were having some friends over for a Doctor Who night and needed something to go with the crackers and cheese. It turned out so well that we made it again last night.


4 ears of corn, steamed and cut from the cob
2 small cucumbers, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbl sugar
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
salt and pepper to taste


Basically, once you've cooked the corn and diced everything, the assembly of this salad involves throwing everything in a bowl and mixing well. If you want the flavors to meld a bit, assembling it earlier in the day helps, and also allows time for the corn to cool. Otherwise, it is also tasty at room temperature!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Maple-Mustard Dressing

Our friend Minerva recently suggested we check out The Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero (2007). It bills itself as the "ultimate vegan cookbook," and although we aren't vegan (honey! cheese! ice cream!) we had such good luck with the vegan cookie book offered by this same pair that our brains just went "what the hell!" and we checked it out of the library. 

So far, one of the winner recipes has been this tasty maple-mustard dressing (p. 93):

3 Tbl maple syrup (maple-agave, agave or honey also works ... but maple syrup!!)
2 Tbl apple cider vinegar
2 Tbl mustard (Dijon is tasty, but choose your favorite)
3 Tbl olive oil (or oil of choice ... you getting the idea?)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together and combine well (we've had good luck putting them in a jam jar and shaking with the lid firmly sealed). Store in the fridge; this will keep well for several weeks.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Veg Mix": A Recipe from Kevin

Hanna and I just got back from Hanna's parents' home in Maine, where they preside over an abundant vegetable garden and three chickens who provide lovely, lovely eggs (especially, says Hanna, if you feed them comfrey from the plants in front of the house).

Future summer squash.
We eat well and plentifully when we are in Maine, thanks to Hanna's father Kevin who does most of the cooking. And we always come home with bags and boxes filled with vegetables picked straight from the garden and canned goods -- hot pepper jelly, strawberry jam, pickled beets, and more.

A happy hen
(a Buff Orpington, Hanna says).
We have more than one recipe on file from Kevin (the "file" being a blue folder stuffed with bits of paper -- something that deserves a post of its own one of these days!), but I thought I'd share this one with you because it's so good for using up summer veggies. We find that the amounts listed here are roughly good for a two-person meal, with some possibly left over for lunch the next day. Expand as necessary and improvise with the veggies you happen to have around. The scrap of yellow notepaper just describes this as "Veg Mix" though I think technically it did come from a recipe book at one point. We have also been known to call it "that tasty veggie squodge" around here.

Lunch at the Clutterbucks

2 large carrots, grated
1 large zucchini, grated
1 large onion, diced
2-3 oz feta cheese
1/4 cup white flour
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tbl parsley
Salt and pepper as desired
1 large egg


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and use olive oil to grease a 9" glass pie plate or equivalent baking dish.

2. Mix grated carrots, zucchini, onion, and feta in a medium bowl.

3. Mix flour and spices together, then toss with veggies until coated.

4. Whisk egg and then add to veggie mix using hands to thoroughly combine.

5. Press into baking pan and cook for 20-30 minutes until the top begins to look slightly golden and crusty.

6. Serve hot, cut into wedges, as a main or side dish. Reheats beautifully and is also tasty cold.