Thursday, August 8, 2013

Corn Salad to make me more regular and I've been banned from watching reality television.

In my attempts to get more regular I've been fiddling with corn.  Here where I live besides being surrounded by acres of fruit orchards we have copious amounts of corn.  So when late summer rolls around I like to be sure and relieve the great amount of pressure that builds up from the excess supply.

Hot Dog Dude loves corn, hates pickles and olives but that is a story unto itself.  I try and move things along around here by incorporating lots of fresh corn into our diets this time of year.

I caught up on a huge amount of work that was plugging up our inner workings and so I've actually had a few extra minutes to lounge around in the evening and watch Hot Dog Dude watch television. You'd think he would appreciate my lovely company; but no.

He was watching one of his favorite shows, a group of middle aged wannabe gangsters who ride around in low-rider Caddies (how cliché) and try and persuade people to pay the rent (wink, wink).  I was trying to sit there and be seen but not heard, but I couldn't help myself the verbal diarrhea just started leaking out.  I started pointing out all the holes in the loosely written plot, "How did the cameraman get inside the room, if they distinctly told them to turn off the cameras?"  "If you said you were going to go rough someone up, why would you throw a television out of the window that was clearly from the 70's?"  I mean after all that is kind of doing them a favor, because flat screens have been out for at least a decade.  Then I discretely pointed out, "Dude, you are totally the demographic they are going for, can't you tell by the commercials."

Dude: You are banned from watching this with me.

The Queen (in her head): God I just want to thank you for that act of kindness you have bestowed upon me.

I did however make us a fantastic corn salad that I hoped would move us in the right direction.

Corn, Red Bell Pepper, and Cotija Salad with Cilantro Dressing
4 ears fresh corn, cut off the cob (I used 2 white and 2 yellow)
1/2 red bell pepper, medium sized, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon minced cilantro leaves
1-2 ounces cotija cheese crumbled
3 corn tortillas
Oil for frying
Cilantro Dressing (I got mine from Trader Joes's, but I've seen other brands in the grocery store)

Cut the tortillas in half and then in strips.  Fry till golden brown, sprinkle with salt while hot, and drain on paper towels.  I like to use a small pan for frying with an inch of oil of so, so I don't waste a bunch of it.

Mix the corn and bell pepper together and place in a bowl. I used a small platter to highlight a little verticality, but really it is your choice.  Sprinkle the top with cilantro, cotija cheese and the fried tortilla strips, drizzle the whole thing with dressing. I would go light on the dressing, that is just what I'd do, but seriously I don't go around telling people what to do.

Serves 4 as a side salad.

As for my regularity problem, I'm working on it.  I'm trying to be much more regular with my writing.  What regularity problem did you think I had?  No you couldn't have, make that you shouldn't have.




  1. I do the same with my hubs (and he with me). I don't get some of the shows he watches sometimes.

    I can eat this salad everyday and not tire of it. Love the sprinkling of cheese and the crisp tortillas. :)

  2. Gina,
    I love the salad, and we're in the middle of corn country, here too. Can't wait to try it.

    I can't watch what Scott watches on TV, old movies, Sci-Fi, and violent movies. I go and watch the other TV. It's the same for going to the movies, we can never agree on which movies to see.

  3. You are a silly, silly rabbit! And this has been a good summer for oh so many versions of corn which I had been planning to post, too (go fig). HA HA! Stay regular, my friend. We love to hear from you! XO

  4. Love your salad. I need to get my quarterly trip in to Trader Joe's and get that salad dressing!

  5. Hahaha, this is a funny story. I have the same thing with reality shows, I just have to comment all the time.

  6. Gosh..that scene is just so familiar, Gina. p.s I don't like reality shows at all!!
    But your corn salad...I totally LOVE it!

  7. Haha, you are hilarious! Love this salad, I'd happily eat it for lunch every day!

  8. Sorry I missed this post but I'm laughing now and glad to have read it. Gina, don't change a thing about yourself.:) Thanks for being a part of the YBR.