Saturday, January 28, 2012

Corn & Black Bean Salad Recipe

FOOD/BEVERAGE: Now that we are on the road and anything we mail order we have to pay postage for to go to Escapees and then postage again for Escapees to forward to us. A couple of years ago, I won a Keurig Coffee Maker at our rescue annual picnic Chinese auction.  I had no interest in it, but the little boy in Scott, had to open it and try it. Well, ended up I like the single cup idea, instead of having a pot and reheating in the microwave all the time and throwing out what was unused. Although as my brother, Robbie can attest, there were many times he would come to visit and want a cup of coffee and he'd have to ask if it was made today, since I would drink day old coffee, so not to waste.
My little Bro, Robbie
Back to coffee. I was ordering large quantities and variety of k-cups through COFFEE GIANT, which was the best price and free shipping. But now that we are on the road, I've had to pay top dollar at supermarkets for k-cups. I do have "KAPS" which enable you to use loose ground coffee in used k-cups. So I tried "Community" coffee Louisiana Blend, Dark Roast. I like it alot.  Strong and smooth. This coffee will definitely increase my daily cups for a while. I also have a "PERFECT POD HOLSTER" which enables you to use coffee pods in a k-cup type coffee maker. Ground coffee is probably the best price, then pods, then k-cups.

Scott went into Natchez to pick up some items for dinner and came back with lunch also.  He stopped at PIG OUT INN BARBECUE .  He picked up a serving of pulled pork and ribs. That came with bbq sauce in a separate container, Black bean & corn salad, as well as a small container of potato salad. This place is rated 4.5 stars on URBAN SPOON.  I have to agree with the reviews. It was a shame to put the bbq sauce on the SMOKED pulled pork. This pork has a wonderful smokey taste, with some pieces having a crusty edge and others just moist pull apart, can stop eating taste & texture. The bbq sauce covered up that great flavor.  The ribs were delicious. Not quite fall off the bone, but very tender, smokey and tasty. The ribs could handle the bbq sauce and added to the whole experience of the flavor. The bean & corn salad was refreshing & delicious. I make this at home and I do prefer mine although both are very good.  Mine has more cilantro & less jalepeno. Recipe to follow. Lastly, the potato salad was definitely home made. Very good, but my taste asked for more salt.
We'll be visiting here again and trying the brisket.

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1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 avocado - peeled, pitted and diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small
jar. Cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
2. In a salad bowl, combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper,
tomatoes, green onions, and cilantro. Shake lime dressing, and pour it
over the salad. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing,
and serve.

SIGHTS/WILDLIFE: While walking the dogs just before sunset, again we saw all these buzzards. We're looking up into the trees and seeing many perched in a tree.  I counted at least 50 in one tree. The photo doesn't do the image of these large birds congested in one tree justice.

Some buzzards are still soaring overhead, while we're looking up to watch. Scott mentions, "We really shouldn't have our faces looking upward with these birds above us." and I add "Especially with our mouths open"

CRAFTS: Here's a photo of the slouch hat I crocheted with my Irish Setters Ryley & Pillsbury's spun fur.

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