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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Fix a Bad Steak

Got a tough steak? Don't waste it. I've had more than my fair share of steaks that I cooked exactly to my perfect doneness only to discover they were chewy and tasteless. No problem. Here's an easy remedy for bad steak.

Let the cooked steak cool thoroughly first. In the fridge. Slice thinly. As thin as you can.

Heat a pan on medium and coat the bottom with low fat Italian salad dressing or plain olive oil. Add slices of steak. Salt and pepper generously if using plain olive oil. Do not crowd the pan. Cook slices in batches if you have to. As you remove heated pieces place them on a foil tented plate to keep warm.

You can also cook any veggies you want in the same pan. Frozen or fresh. Once your done cooking your steak slices lower the heat a little. Low medium. Add a few tablespoons of water and cover. Cook fresh for 3-5 minutes. Frozen 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Your chewy steak will be tender and flavorful. Your veggies will be healthy and tasty thanks to the left over meat junk in the pan.

Additional you can make a glaze from the liquid left in the pan. After you've removed any meat or vegetables cook the remaining liquid uncovered for about 5 minutes. Serve as is or whisk in some flour or cornstarch to thicken to a gravy like texture.

Serve your sauce/glaze over your meat and vegetables. Delicious.