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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Cabbage Salad

I recently added a new addition to my usual salad fare. Shoprite has been selling green cabbage for $0.49 per pound. So roughly $1.00 per whole head. So I decided to try that to augment the romaine I usually use as that has increased in price to $1.69 per pound.

It tastes great and adds a better texture and crunch factor to the overall salad. I just use a mix of romaine and the cabbage. I use both raw.

Cabbage is great in that it's so much easier to prep. I just discard the outermost leaves in the store. Don't wanna buy what I'm not gonna eat. Then at home I can use a knife to chop the cabbage. It's much heartier than lettuce. So it doesn't wilt from chopping even after 5 or 6 days stored in the fridge.

A lot of people see cabbage and automatically think of cole slaw. To that I say phooey. Cabbage deserves better than to drown in an bowl of mayonaisse. It can stand quite nicely on its own merits.

Nutrionally it's similar to its darker leafy cousins. Boatloads of vitamin c. And a nice amount of vitamin k too. A fair amount of calcium.

Cabbage is so much better uncooked in my opinion. Once you cook it, it becomes smelly, tasteless grandma food. But left in its natural state it really shines. As nicely as any lettuce out there. And so much easier to prep.

It's such a tight head, I don't feel compelled to wash every leaf like I do with romaine. There are never any bugs hidden in there.

And call me crazy, but I like the root. It's crunchy and delicious. Other than the woodiest part, I chop it up and eat it. It's good stuff. So there's very little waste.

The trick to being happy with your produce purchases is buying what's cheapest. The cheaper the produce the better the product. Cheaper produce indicates a better crop. Never buy expensive fresh produce. You'll regret it.