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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Campbell's Soup

So I was in the food store in the soup aisle. I was looking for cream of asparagus soup. It used to be good to turn into a sauce for pasta. I've looked for it more than once, but it appears to be gone. So my next thought is cream of celery. Which is basically poor man's cream of asparagus.

I grab a can from the shelf and turn it over to read the ingredients. I'm shocked when I find chicken stock near the top of the list. I put it back, unwilling to consume it and depressed I may have mistakenly consumed it in the past.

I pick up another can and read the ingredients. No chicken stock.

Thoroughly confused, I examine the front of the labels. One is 98% fat free. The other is standard. The low fat version has chicken stock.

More puzzled than ever I begin scrutinizing additional cans. When I discover other 98% fat free cans do not contain chicken.

I wonder to myself, is it being phased out or phased in.

I go to the Campbell's website, but the nutrition info doesn't reveal ingredients.

I get a lot of frowns, sighs, scoffs from meat eaters. They're often telling me I should be eating some dead thing or another. Vegetarians make meat eaters extremely uncomfortable. Without saying a word we make them feel very guilty. But that's not on us. They should feel guilty.