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Food Matters Project #14: Black Bean & Corn Salsa

It’s another Monday, so we’ll check out what everyone has made for the Food Matters ProjectAlissa from Big Eats Tiny Kitchen has chosen this weeks recipe.  She chose Mark Bittman’s recipes for Five Quick Salsas for Chips, Dips and Other Stuff from The Food Matters Cookbook.  You can find Mark’s original suggestions on page 46 of his book.  To see what other members of The Food Matters Project did, check out their links in the comments section here.

I’m sure many of us celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, so we have all eaten a lot of salsa over the weekend.  I hope there were some great margaritas to go with it!  If you need more Mexican recipes, check out what we had made in the past.

I’m a huge fan of chips and salsa, but tomatoes are not in season, so I chose to do a tomato-less salsa.  To fill the void, I opted for some black beans and corn.  Since we didn’t have any chips in the house, I shredded some lettuce and we ate the salsa as a topping for the salad.  It was very refreshing and filling on a hot day.  I also toasted some tortillas and added those to the salad as well.  (*I did add some sunflower seeds to the salad, feel free to omit)

I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun things about the Eat Write Retreat 2012 conference, which I was at this weekend.  I do have something to look forward to this week- some giveaways!!!  Lots of swag from the conference, and I’d love to share my goodies!

Black Bean & Corn Salsa
A Fifth Floor Kitchen original

I cooked dry black beans for this salsa, and I did not use salt when cooking.  So if you are using canned beans, you might want to scale back the salt (or salt to taste).  Fresh corn off the cob would give this salsa a bit more taste, so if it’s in season you should try it.

3 cups of black beans
2 cups of frozen corn, defrosted
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup chopped peppers (yellows and red give the salsa lots of flavor)
2 jalapeños, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Mix all of the ingredients.  Chill for at least an hour prior to serving, it’ll allow the flavors to blend together.

Serve with chips, toasted tortilla or on top of salads or roasted chicken.

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Cinco de Mayo & Derby Day

Happy Cinco de Mayo & Derby Day!

Today’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations take place in the U.S. and Mexico.  In the US it’s a celebration of Mexican heritage, and in Mexico to commemorate freedom and democracy during the American Civil War.

Derby Day is also celebrated here in The Plains, Virginia at Gold Cup.  Many will be drinking mint juleps and enjoying the beautiful weather!

Need some last minute Cinco de Mayo recipes?  Try one of these:

Appetizers
Spring Salsa

Main
Zucchini-Chicken Enchiladas
Black Bean, Corn and Cheese Enchilada
Chile Reyenos with Rice
Corn & Zucchini Burritos
Fish Tacos
Mexican Meatballs with Rice
Mexican Tortilla Casserole
Southwest Pasta Salad
Squash and Bean Burritos
Tamale Bake
Zucchini Enchiladas

Soup
Chipotle Sausage & Bean Stew

I hope all of you are wearing your seersuckers and sombrero’s while enjoying margaritas and mint juleps!  I’m at the Eat, Write, Retreat 2012– can’t wait to tell you all about it in a couple of days!