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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The Right Way to Make a Bean Sandwich

There's seems to be a great discconect about bean sandwiches which pervades both society and the internet.

Most recipes either call for mashed fried cake versions or pureed into slurry stuffs.

Nothing could be further from the truth of it.

Think instead of the classic sloppy joe, but imagine it somewhat less sloppy. Think of your beans as a form of  'ground meat' and build your sandwich accordingly.

No pureeed gloopy mess. No fussing with mixing in bread crumbs, shaping and pan frying.

The key is hummus. Spread your bread with hummus, then lay on the plain rinsed canned beans. Any beans will do. Except garbanzos. They are too firm. But you can use black, red, kidney, lentil, pinto, etc. Or a mix of several kinds of beans.

Nestle your beans into the hummus in s single layer over the bread.. They will magically stick to the bread! Top with sliced onions, cheese, lettuce, kale, etc. Use your favorite sandwich toppings. Tomato, Jalapeno, Pickle. Whatever. This is a normal sandwich. Like any other. The only difference is there are beans where the meat used to go. Just like a real sandwich, only way better. Put on the lid and enjoy. The beans will  stay in the sandwich thanks to the adhesive properties of the hummus. Voila! A meaty sandwich without the meat.