Black bean and corn salad

Black bean and corn salad

Black bean and corn salad

A few years ago I did some research using my friend the Internet, looking for a fresh summer recipe. The one I used that day, and used many times since, surprised me because it was a recipe by Rachael Ray.

Now, I have never particularly liked watching Rachael Ray. Nothing really against her food but I find her way of speaking to be quite irritating. If the use of “evoo” and “yum-o” ever died I would be okay with that.

This dish is really tasty though, so if you don’t like Ray, don’t avoid this recipe just because of where it came from. And if you’re a fan of hers, if you haven’t tried this one yet I highly recommend it. It is a convenient dish that has relatively few ingredients – and even better usually ingredients that I have on hand at all times.

Black bean and corn salad
Adapted from the 30 Minute Meals tv show by Rachael Ray

1 can black beans (540 mL/19 oz), rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 small red, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (this is pretty mild once mixed but add less if you don’t like it hot or more if you want it hotter)
2 tablespoons of lime juice (approximately juice of one lime)
2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl. Let the salad sit while the frozen corn defrosts, then stir again before serving. This is a great recipe to take to a bbq or party as the corn will keep your salad chilled as it defrosts.

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I need to test twitterfeed so I figure I might as well make a post that I was holding for later.

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program for an important link

From Anthony Bourdain’s blog on the U.S. Travel Channel:

“On a completely off-subject note, I read something really disturbing while leafing through a magazine in my most recent airport. Rachael Ray, it appears, when booking acts for her South by Southwest indie rock-meets-sloppy Joes fest, invited the New York Dolls to perform. THE NEW YORK DOLLS!! It is an article of faith with me that the Dolls were one of the greatest, most important, criminally neglected, wildly influential bands in the history of well …the freakin’ UNIVERSE!! Most of the original members (in keeping with truest rock and roll tradition) are dead. But David Johansen and Syl Sylvain are still out there, hustling a living in a cold, cruel world. And if anybody deserves steady work, a new generation of fans, buckets of money (something they never had) and elevation to icon status-it’s these guys.

This development …following hot on the heels of Rachael saying nice things about me on Nightline has caused me no small amount of confusion, panic, and misery. I don’t know whether to go out and shoot a puppy-or send Rachael a fruit basket. It just does me no good at all to think of Rachael as a Dolls fan. It’s really only a matter of time now until my daughter looks up from her grilled cheese and says “Yummo!!”

Only repeated viewings of Sandra Lee on YouTube slathering canned frosting on her “Kwaanza Cake” with an insane glint in her eye (a piece of video every American should see as a cautionary exercise-like a particularly gruesome highway safety film) can make me feel like I’m playing for the right team.”

It made me laugh out loud, so I had to share.