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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Red Onion and Tomato Broth

I'm trying to continue doing the things I normally do in an effort to keep from going completely insane. I had some extra onion and garlic and decided that a broth would be a great way to extract lots of flavor.

Generally, when it comes to fresh produce, I prefer to consume it raw. Cut it up, mix it together and enjoy. But lately, I've been cooking everything in order to kill any unwanted micro-organisms.

I just wanted a flavorful liquid I could add to rice or pasta to make them enjoyable and nutritious to eat.

Ingredients
2 medium red onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 vine tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
6 cups water
3 1/2 tsps salt
2 tps black pepper
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp cayenne

Bring it all to a boil in a large, uncovered pot. Reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer until reduced by at least one third. You could go so far as to reduce it by half.

I was too impatient to go that far. It had oodles of flavor. Really hit the spot.