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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Great Garlic Goodness

Do you love garlic? I mean, do you really love garlic? If you do, then this technique I'm about to share will become one of your all time favorites.

Do you have a microplane? Some people call it a zester. Whatever you call it doesn't matter. What matters is that you use this magnificent device on your garlic. A garlic press ain't got nothin' on this baby. You'll get crazy garlic flavor when you grate your garlic with this little gadget.

Just try it. Tell me you don't get the absolute most awesomest garlic flavor ever.

Just be careful. Don't grate your fingers in the process. Be certain to only grate the garlic and not yourself.

Also use this baby on your ginger root. And horseradish if you like that. And it's perfect for zesting citrus as well.

But you haven't really lived until you've had food with microplaned garlic in it.