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 Calorie Deconstructed Apple Pie

I don't generally do desserts. It's easier to just have a piece of chocolate or buy a cookie. I do however, love apple pie. Unfortunately I can't eat too much of it. It's not really that good for you. And good apple pie is very hard to find. Mrs. Smith's just isn't what it used to be.

Anyway, I had the idea to just make the inside part, minus the crust. But I would also use way less sugar and fat.

I got a big bag of gala apples and a few limes. I began by creating acidulated water with one of the limes. Then I started to peel and slice my apples. Tossing the slices into the water so they wouldn't turn brown.

When I'd done 5 apples, I stopped and heated a 12 inch skillet. Add to that 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of my apples and a pinch of salt. Cook apples until tender. Then add cinnamon and 1 tsp butter. Cook 2-3 minutes more until liquid thickens. Remove from pan.

Return pan to heat and add another 1/3 cup water, 1/3 of apples and a pinch of salt. This time when I add the cinnamon and butter I also add a few dashes of hot sauce.

To my third batch of apples I add 1 tsp sugar.

Store them altogether. Stir to combine. Let sit overnight.

Stir again.

Crush ginger snaps or apple snaps or crispy oatmeal cookies into crumbs.

Spoon apples into a bowl. Top with crumbs. Stir and enjoy.