Kay Wheeler Moore

Welcome to my blog

Hello. . .

The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mexican corn salad great by itself or as a perk-up for chicken, other entrees

This is just a wonderful, summer, healthy side that’s great by itself or accompanying grilled chicken, steak, or fish. It’s colorful and full of flavor and tastes great served immediately or several days later after the flavors merge while in the fridge.

I received the recipe in my Kroger grocery circular and was pleased to have something so easy that tasted so good. I’ve gone from being a strict, to-the-last-jot-and-tittle recipe follower to becoming quite brave about deriving my own add-ins. I had some radishes left over from an earlier meal, so I finely chopped one of those to stir in as well. Personally I think that was the best addition of all. Plus, as you probably can see from the photo, I didn’t have any red onion on hand and thus subbed green onion tops and bottoms for the red. That worked well, too, in creating a great veggie melange.

The recipe appears to call for cutting the corn immediately from the cob and stirring it into the salad. I’m sure that would work just fine, but I whisked mine into the microwave and quickly steamed it for about two minutes just to get it a bit more tender. No problems there, either.

The first night I served it by itself; the second night it was a side for Fiesta Burgers (more on them tomorrow)—great both ways. In fact, you simply can’t go wrong however you choose to offer this simple, tasty salad.

Mexican Corn Salad

2 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from the cob
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
1 large radish, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients. Serve immediately (or chill until ready to serve). Refrigerate any leftovers. Makes 4 servings.

No comments:

Post a Comment