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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Low Salt Garlic Mashed Potatoes

So I made my 'smashed potatoes' steeped in onion broth. I was really pleased with the results. I first made the broth using onion skins, garlic skins and scallion ends. Added a pinch of salt. Simmered in 1 cup water for 15 minutes.

Strained, reserving the liquid to add back to the pot.

Added peeled and diced russet potatoes. And boiled them for 15 minutes more.

You can fry the leftover peels for a crisp granish. You can also toss them with olive oil, salt and vinegar and bake them for a different method of crunchy potato skins.

Removed potatoes to a large stainless steel bowl with a slotted spoon. Allowing some of the cooking liquid to remain. Reserved the rest in case it was needed.

Gently mashed with a fork. Very gently and lightly. Aas too much mashing makes potatoes gluey and sticky.

Added 4 bls butter, 2 tbls nutritional yeast, 2 tbls jarred minced garlic in water and their liquid, some garlic powder and a little thyme. 6 stalks fresh scallions sliced. Fresh ground pepper, a little more salt to taste. Aweseome mashed taters without too much salt or fat.

If you have cauliflower or parsnips subistituing those for half your potatoes would be really spectacular.