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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Rapid Price Drop on Quaker Cereal

Just recently I made a shocking discovery at the supermarket. I love Quaker Oatmeal Square cold cereal. Especially the cinnamon flavored variety. But it has always been a rare treat because the regular price of one small box was $4.99. And there are only 7 servings of cereal in that five dollar box.

That has been the situation for a long time now. I would only buy it when it occasionally went on sale for $2.99. Even at that low sale prices it still felt like a big indulgence. Decadent even. It's just cold cereal afterall. You've still got add milk.

But a couple weeks ago I noticed a major change. The regular non-sale price for the cereal drastically dropped down to $2.99 without any sale. Shocking to say the least. Such a dramatic reduction is unheard of.

But the next week at the store the price remained at $2.99. No sale tag. No bluster. Just a modest this is what it costs now price tag.

So are oats much cheaper now for some reason? Or was Quaker just raping us on the price before?

Did they lower the price because of the sagging economy? And if so, did they do it because no none was buying their cereal or because they have a heart and feel a little bit sorry for us poor schlubs?

I just find myself intensely curious as to how and why such a drastic change in price can take place. I tried googling it, but nothing relevant came up. I want to know why a box of cereal that cost $5 a few months ago is now selling for only $3. It's not the kinda of thing you see happen everyday. Cheerios are made of oats, but their price has remained constant. And given the state of the country and the world, it sparks a lot of questions.

I guess there's an email inquiry to Quaker in my future.