2012 Olympics, Heat Wave, Drought…………still gotta eat dinner.

As you all know by now, the Midwest is suffering.  Farmers are suffering and livestock is suffering. Crops are ruined and ponds are drying up. This combined heat wave and drought is hurting all of us. We are conserving water and just about everyone I know has their thermostats turned up a few degrees higher.  Most of us have moved to the lowest level of our homes for television watching and sleeping. It’s so much cooler than upstairs.

We are experiencing what I like to call, temperature diversity. It is currently 107 degrees, which is well over a one hundred degree difference from our coldest winter temperatures.  Palm Springs has nothing on us!

There will be no oven cooking.  Actually, not a lot of cooking…period.  We have been having microwave bacon for BLT’s.  Different salads and sandwiches. Yay for the grill, after the sun goes down. Homemade ice cream has been the best. I just made a batch of root beer ice cream last night.

Thank goodness for the fruits and vegetables available at our local farmer’s market.  Cantaloupe and watermelons have been multitasking as a side dish at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as a dessert, and as a snack in the afternoon or late at night. I will miss them this winter.

Last night, I put a pork butt in the slow cooker and let it cook overnight.  I am going to make Pork Green (Chile Verde) some night this week.  This afternoon, I made a black bean and corn salsa for dinner.  A great dinner to have when it is so hot and good to have as we hunker down in front of the television to watch the Olympics.

I served the salsa with corn tortilla chips and we each had an avocado half. An ice cold Corona Light rounded out the meal.

Corn and Black Bean Salsa(adapted from lots of recipes I found online)

1 can of Trader Joe’s Corn, rinsed and drained

1 can of Seasoned Black Beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 purple onion, finely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

1/3 cup light olive oil

3 tablespoons lime juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

a few grinds of black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir gently to mix. Serve with tortilla chips. This salsa is also excellent as a topping for fish, chicken, or burgers. Refrigerate any leftovers. It’s actually better the next day.

Try to stay cool!

 Normal disclaimer: You know the routine……..Trader Joe’s does not know how much I love their canned corn. I do love to shop there, but they just treat me like all the other customers.  No special treatments and I pay for all my groceries. I still love them, nonetheless.  As for Corona, same thing.  I drink Corona in Mexico, where it is a domestic beer, and I drink it in the States, where it is an imported beer. They have no idea who the Gravy Company is.  I just like it and wanted you all to know that I am not compensated for mentioning these two brands.


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