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Summer Salsa with Roasted Corn by Bonnie of Going Home To Roost

February 25, 2013

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Hello everyone, it’s so nice to meet you! I’m Bonnie and I love to roost, which to me means nesting in my home and doing the things that I love. I strive to lead a simpler way of life, full of simple beauties, creative projects and inspirations, all of which you can find me sharing about on Going Home to Roost. I’m also so happy to have recently launched the Roost Tribe, a community for creatives where members receive exclusive premium content each week that includes recipes, creative tutorials, printables, tips on blogging, designing and more. When I’m not blogging or sketching, you can find me in the kitchen, traveling with my husband or playing with our sweet pup, Toaster.

We love eating fresh, simple, plant based foods and this salsa is all that and more! Full of fresh garden veggies and healthy ingredients, it tastes light and refreshing and is full of flavor. We used organic ingredients and heirloom tomatoes which really brought out all the flavors. As a huge fan of anything-avocado, we of course added some here which makes the recipe slightly reminiscent of guacamole. Feel free to play with the recipe, substituting what you have on hand and changing up the spices. With salsa, just about anything goes!


Summer Salsa with Roasted Corn

Ingredients:
2 cups corn
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Large Heirloom Tomatoes
1 Medium Onion
2 Bell Peppers
1 15oz can of Black Beans, Rinsed
2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
1 Tbs Vinegar
1 Tbs Cumin
1 Tbs Chili Powder
1 Tbs Sugar
1 Tbs Lime Juice
1 Tsp Salt
1 Avocado

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss the corn with olive oil and roast until slightly blackened, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, finely chop the tomatoes, onion and bell peppers and place them in a bowl. Add the black beans, minced garlic, vinegar and all the spices. Toss to combine. Add sliced avocado just before serving.

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Mango Ginger Salsa by Colleen of Inspired to Share

February 25, 2013

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Hi there! I’m Colleen, a blogger, stylist, photographer, and all around creative. I write about food, DIY, lifestyle, and I love to find joy and creativity in each day. I’ve worked in marketing, event planning, design, and photography, but I’m now a freelance blogger sharing my journey on my blog, Inspired to Share. I live in the Midwest with my husband, where we enjoy flavorful home-cooked meals and simple living.

Now I love a good salsa…so this was a fun challenge for me. I’ve been enjoying fresh fruits so much this winter that I thought it would be fun to create a delicious fruit salsa. This recipe is incredibly fresh and has an unexpected twist with grated ginger. It works especially well with the mango, tomato, lime, and sweet peppers. Adding some cilantro, onion, and jalapeno gives it a kick, while the creamy diced avocado brings a nice balance! The key to this recipe is the freshest, perfectly ripe ingredients and while there is a good amount of prep required, it is worth every sweet and tangy bite!

Mango Ginger Salsa
(serves 4; 45 minutes)

Ingredients:
4 sweet peppers, diced
1 jalapeño, finely diced, seeds excluded
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4 roma tomatoes, diced, seeds excluded
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/2 lime, freshly squeezed, plus a few extra wedges
1 avocado*, pitted and diced
1 mango*, pitted and diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

*for ripeness, the mango should be soft (but not mushy) and the avocado should be slightly soft to touch

Directions:
Combine all prepared ingredients (see above), excluding the avocado. Toss the mixture thoroughly. Add diced avocado and toss a couple times, gently. Serve salsa immediately with lime wedges, corn chips, tacos, or really any Mexican dish. Enjoy! 🙂

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Gift Lab: Pizza Cones Kit

October 23, 2012

Research
I have lived in Brooklyn my whole life, so I know myself a good slice of pizza when I see one. With what seems like another pizzeria on every other corner, I have also tried many types and styles of the delicious and cheesy treat. Slices, squares, thin crust, deep dish, on a bagel, on an english muffin, with toppings or plain. I thought I had seen and eaten it all.

I was wrong. I must eat what few pizza-lovers have ever eaten before – the pizza cone.

Hypothesis
Pizza is already awesome. I predict that mixing things up with a new shape will only make pizza more awesome.

The Experiment
I started by assembling everything necessary to make my pizza cone:

  • the Pizza Cone Kit
  • Dough – The set comes with instructions to make you’re own. I bought mine from a local pizzeria for $4.
  • Cheese
  • Sauce
  • Optional toppings
  • Flour for working with the dough
  • A rolling pin

The pizza cone set comes with the tools necessary to cut and shape the dough so that you can roll it into a cone. This is my first time working with fresh dough and it feels so right. I think I was born to play a part in this evolution of the pizza. Just look at my hands go:

Next, I had the need to knead. As per the included instructions, I wanted a flat piece of dough measuring about an 1/8 of an inch all around. The dough should be wide enough to cut out two bell-shaped molds that would form two pizza cones.

Once you have the initial pieces cut, you fold them over in half and crimp the edges sealed. You leave the bottoms unsealed so that you can later place them over the pizza cone form. I used the included crimper tool to finish the job.


My expectations were rising as I prepared the dough to go into the oven for the first time. I carefully placed my creation onto the pizza cone form (which is made of no-stick materials).

After 6-7 minutes of baking, the dough was starting to brown. I removed them from the oven and let them cool before removing them from the pizza cone forms and placing them upright in the pizza cone stands. I brought over the rest of the ingredients and got to work filling the cones with sauce, cheese, and other toppings (sliced pepperoni in the pictures). Like an artist finishing his masterpiece, I used my spoon to splash sauce along the inner walls of the cone. I sprinkled cheese throughout until it filled up completely. I cleverly hid pepperonis in any unused pockets of air.

After a few more minutes in the oven, right up until the insides start bubbling, I was able to meet my creation.

Conclusion
I was wary at first. However, I have confirmed that the deliciousness of pizza has no bounds. Pizza cones are a fun new way to eat pizza, especially during the upcoming winter, when ice cream cones are just not as practical. I approve.

Dexter has volunteered as the next test subject when I run this experiment again.
The Uncommon Life

The Winning Board in the Cooking Local Pinterest Contest

October 5, 2012

We swear our pants got tighter just looking at the entries to our Cooking Local Pinterest Contest. We asked you all to combine fabulous food and hometown pride in a Pinterest board showing your favorite things to cook and eat where you live, and you delivered bigtime. Big, as in, we’re going to need bigger pants soon.

Lori Smart’s board highlighted some of Eugene, Oregon’s superfoods: salmon, blueberries, chard, wine, and beer (don’t tell us that Sweet Cheeks Chardonnay and Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale don’t look super). It’s kind of a shame that Eugene Beliebers are, no doubt, too young for Believer.

The pins collected by Greenville, NC’s Allyson Rideout featured some racy southern food items generally not seen here in NYC: cheesecake that drinks creme de menthe, shrimp and grits all hot for each other, peanuts reverting to their base legume-y natures, and various flaming meats. Heavens to Betsy! We had to fan ourselves while ogling this board.

On to Melanie Feigl of Spokane, WA. Melanie! Why, oh why, did you torture us with your pins of delectable fresh-baked cupcakes, huckleberry cake donuts, and even better worse, beer-battered onion rings? Have mercy, woman! We are only human! Not to mention how you filled us with envy; Spokane has a restaurant with a ceiling made of two humongous stained-glass peacocks, and a diner that’s a converted rail car. We have zero of those in New York.

Like our runner-ups, winner Katie Selman of Tampa, FL made us salivate. Scallops in gumbo and polenta, or paired with roasted squash. Florida orange cake and cookies. All yummy.

But seriously, Katie, how do you expect us to look at the following without breaking down sobbing?

1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread

2) “The Brewski” cupcake (“moist chocolate cake marinated in Maduro Brown Ale, blended with chocolate ganache filling, topped with whipped Kahlua icing, garnished with chocolate and toffee bits”)

3) “The Pumpkin Bomb” (“similar to an Irish Car Bomb, “ this lethal-sounding beverage combines Cigar City Brewing’s “Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale, brewed with Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg, with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream and Pinnacle Whip (whipped cream flavored vodka), sprinkled with cinnamon”).

Through our tears, we managed to note how artfully Katie put her images together, a collection ranging from fifties vintage Florida orange juice, to a palm tree scene made entirely of Florida fruit, to funky local street signs. They were diverse, and yet all conveyed the Florida theme, including the UncommonGoods products she chose, like our Rowboat Salad Bowl, our Toast Glasses filled with orange juice, Cantaloupe Bowls, and Spanish Sangria Pitcher.

Join the foodie lovefest by checking out these fabulous Pinterest boards, and help us congratulate winner Katie!

The Uncommon Life

Cooking Local Pinterest Contest

September 21, 2012

Do you look to your favorite pinner when it’s time to make dinner? Are you always hungry to share your love for your city or state? Then our latest Pinterest contest is for you. We’re combining fabulous food and hometown pride in the UncommonGoods Cooking Local Contest.

Cook up your best board and leave a link and an email address in the comments below and/or on the original pin in our Cooking Local board and you’ll be entered to win an UncommonGoods prize package featuring designs from CatStudio.

The package includes a Hand-embroidered Pillow, a Geography Apron, and a Geography Towel. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, October 5 on our blog.

Follow us on Pinterest for more updates. Good luck and happy pinning!

 

Entries must be received by midnight on Thursday, October 4.

Open to US citizens only.