Cucumber, Corn and Tomato Salsa

My co-worker gave me some cucumbers she and her husband had grown in their garden. I wanted to use them right away as they were so fresh. This is a variation on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. I added charred corn for sweetness and smokiness. I also added poblano and jalapeno for spice. 

2 small or 1 medium cucumber, diced
2 ears corn
3 vine tomatoes, diced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp garam masala
2 tsps salt

I wasn't about to turn on the broiler to cook the corn. It's been in the 90's here. Instead, I used the same technique often used to char bell pepper. Put the shucked ears directly over a gas flame on the stovetop. If you don't have a gas stovetop you can broil them or use an outdoor grill. 

The corn will pop and make a bit of a mess on your cooktop, but it's worth it. 

Char the corn evenly all around. Allow to cool and them cut the kernels off the cob. 

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Best Pasta

For the best tasting pasta you need to cook it in the sauce. You know how much better pasta tastes after having sat in its sauce in the fridge a while? This method will achieve that without the wait.


1/2 box pasta
1/2 jar your favorite pasta sauce
3-5 cloves garlic finely minced
3 cloves garlic peeled, uncut
1/2 a medium onion diced
1-2 any color bell peppers diced
salt pepper rosemary and oregano

Cook pasta according to package. Use a non-stick pot and add a few shakes of salt to boiling water before you add the pasta. Add uncut garlic cloves to pasta water.

When pasta is done drain and rinse.

Return hot pasta pot to hot burner and add peppers. Cook peppers for a few minutes then add onions. Cook onions for a few minutes then add minced garlic.

Cook garlic for two minutes then add your jarred pasta sauce. Stir to combine everything and cook a few minutes more.

Add your pasta and stir to coat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and then add spices. Cook a minute more before serving.

Instead of waiting, it tastes good right away.

Sprinkle with grated Parmesan if desired. Lots of veggies make it a healthy meal. Add any veggies you love. Cook veggies in order of thickness.

Add different kinds of frozen veggies. Thaw in microwave before adding to pan.