Pea-Corn Salad

Summer ain’t over yet! Yes, maybe I start class tonight, and maybe it is the end of August, but that doesn’t mean we have to let go of summer yet!

Two of my favorite summer vegetables are peas and corn. The crisp sweet pieces of corn and peas will never get old! And best thing about them is that you can get them frozen – which keeps this salad going all year ’round.

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So some history of peas is that they have been around forever! There is evidence of the pea plant from about 8000 BCE – AKA the beginning of time. Peas came to America with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower om the 1600’s. Which brings us to corn. Corn is most known as one of the vegetables that the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims to plant when they came over from Europe. While this is how we first learn of corn, or maize, as it was called back then, due to recent discoveries there is evidence of a type of corn-like plant that dates back about 9000 years in Mexico.

But, now enough history and to the most light, and yummy summer salad there is.

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Pea – Corn Salad

3 – 3 1/2 C. frozen peas, defrosted

1 15 oz can of corn, or the kernels of 2 husks of boiled corn

1/4 purple onion, diced finely.

1/2 C. mayonnaise

3 Tbsn apple cider vinegar

3 Tbsn sugar

2 Tbsn mustard

1 tsn salt

1/4 tsn cracked pepper

Place the peas, corn and onions in a bowl and set aside. In a seprate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss to combine.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

** some of the history information gotten from:
http:/www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/science/25creature. html
http://collections.jic.ac.uk/celebrating-the-history-of-peas-and-the-international-year-of-the-pulse/

 

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Lime n’ Wine Cocktail

Been FOREVERRRR since I posted…been super busy running a dining room and kitchen in a camp, but before camp I tested out a couple of recipes to try to post over the summer. While camp is almost over, its better late then never…and this one is worth the wait too.

Delicious and refreshing wine n’ lime cocktail. Sweet, alcoholly, and tart, this drink is a keeper. Plus it’s a pretty color too. Its perfect for a hot summer day (but you can totally have in the winter too 😉 ). My dad came up with this when we had an abundance of limes in the fridge…we all fell in love and demanded he make it more often.

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Very easy to make and it keeps in the fridge, so you can make for the week.

This recipe does not have exact measurements, because it is dependent on the amount you want to make. This is measured out in proportions – if you want to make a small amount do 1/4 cup or less. If you want to make a big batch, you can use 1 cup as the base measure. Either way its easy and yummy to make, so enjoy!

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Lime n’ Wine Cocktail

 

Lime Simple  Syrup: 

1 C. Sugar

1/2 C. Lime Juice (fresh is better but use what you have)

Combine the sugar and lime juice in a pot and slowly bring to a boil, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

 

Lime n’ Wine Cocktail:

Sweet red wine, like a Cream Red Concord, or Tokay (or any other sweet wine of your choice).

Lime Simple Syrup (recipe above)

Vodka

The proportions are: 2 Wine: 1 Lime Simple Syrup: 1 Vodka

For example for those who might be confused :

1 C. Sweet Red Wine

1/2 C. Vodka

1/2 C. Lime Simple Syrup

or

1/2 C. Sweet Red Wine

1/4 C. Vodka

1/4 C. Lime Simple Syrup

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