Thursday, June 14, 2007

food for summer.

There was some blip in the Onion AV club a few weeks back, and they said that in the summer we can only eat foods that are frozen, grilled, or in salad form (ala bean salad and potato salad). I want to entertain and cook this summer, but it gets damn hot in my tiny kitchen. What are some good summer foods, besides salads and bbq? (I don't have a grill, anyway.)

Also, a new idea: black bean spread! Think of hummus, but chunkier and darker. I found this recipe but of course had about half of the ingredients so I just adapted like so:

1. Saute some onions and garlic in olive oil, add cumin, chili powder, and cayenne.
2. Throw that in a blender with a can of black beans and some salsa and blend.
3. Since blenders aren't food processors, remove portions of the blended mix to make sure all is blended.
4. Serve with tortillas, chips, pitas, hot or cold.

(Okay, in the end it's a lot like a can of black refried beans but it somehow SEEMS better and it doesn't really take that long to make.)


tim j said...

This recipe was a huge hit. It's not quite bean salad, it's not quite salsa, it's somewhere in between. We served it at Lidia's 1st birthday party and everyone raved about it; we first had it at a wine tasting party our wine club had last month.

Texas Caviar

1 Can black eyed peas – drained
1 Can black beans – drained
1 Can shoepeg corn – drained
1 jar chopped pimentos
1 jar chopped jalepenos
1 celery stalk chopped
1 onion chopped

Mix all above ingredients together.

Heat in sauce pan until sugar is dissolved:

1 Cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup oil
½ cup sugar

Pour vinegar mix over bean mix, leave overnight.

Drain and serve with Frito scoops or Tostito scoops.

e said...

Ah, thanks, but I'm trying to think of things that are not bean salads or salsas! I already have so many of those recipes, it seems.