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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Creamy Tomato Tofu Puree

I love tofu. Those that don't love it, don't understand it.

If you're looking for it to add flavor you're fighting a losing battle. Tofu is for texture and protein. Nothing else.

In this case, we'll use it to create a creamy texture.

Ingredients
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 block, silken firm tofu
3 tsps salt
3 cloves garlic
2 jalapenos
2 tsps itallian seasoning
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps harrisa paste
2 tbls hot sauce
1 tsp cayenne powder

For current or would be vegans who are confounded by how to replace heavy cream or milk in recipes, tofu is your answer. But it has to be silken or silken firm. Coconut milk can also replace milk or cream with amazing results. But if you need a protein bump, then tofu is the way to go.

Add all ingredients to your food processor and puree until a smooth emulsion is formed.

Chill in the fridge a few hours and then enjoy.

Tofu is a stellar thickening agent and provides that creamy texture in purees. Use it well and you will be rewarded with that same unctuousness you get from dairy based sauces and purees. You'll also get a nice hit of protein to power your muscles.