Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Most of the people I know love fresh corn to be eaten on the cob. Grilled corn on the cob with cilantro butter is a favorite of my parents. Firecracker has been caught "clearing the table" by eating the leftover corn when she thinks no one is looking. And, it wasn't long ago I watched a close friend nearly put himself into a corn coma after crushing five ears worth. I actually have photographic evidence of the event before, during, and after, but that shall remain between friends. What I will say is his wife writes a blog I follow called McMurrey with an E-Y. Check it out.
While I do enjoy corn in every way, I have to admit I prefer to eat it off the cob. One of my favorite ways is in a roasted corn pico.
Roasted Corn Pico
3 ears of fresh corn grilled or oven roasted until slightly browned
4 roasted poblanos seeded and chopped
1 serrano minced (seeds and ribs included)
2 jalepenos seeded and minced
3 vine ripened tomatoes chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cucumber seeded and chopped
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 small red onion (or half large one) diced
1 yellow bell pepper chopped
Handful of fresh chopped cilantro
Juice of 2 limes (adjust to taste)
2-3 TBS olive oil
Salt & Pepper
*Adobo seasoning (I have used cumin and chili powder in similar recipes but I didn't want cumin to overpower the freshness. Whatever seasoning you use, go light because most of the flavor comes from the combination of roasted and fresh veggies along with the lime and cilantro)
Simply combine these ingredients and refrigerate. It will taste great immediately, but becomes unbelievable after four hours in the fridge when everything has a chance to mingle. It's great as a salsa on chips (which we did), but it was even better as a topping on seared salmon tacos.
The tacos couldn't be easier to make. As an apartment chef I don't have access to a grill very often. If I did, I would grill the salmon in this recipe with olive oil and salt & pepper finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Since this wasn't an option, I pan seared the salmon fillets which is just as easy and faster. All you need is a hot pan and olive oil. Season the salmon with salt & pepper and sear each side for 2-3 minutes, finish with lemon juice.
In a food processor add:
2 canned chipotles in adobo
1/4c sour cream
1/2 lime juiced
2 TBS cilantro
1 TBS agave or honey
salt & pepper to taste
P.S. The chipotle mayo is really good on herb roasted fingerling potatoes.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Memphis rallied nicely from an early deficit and showed a lot of grit. It started with Shane Battier hitting a clutch 3 pointer at the end of the half. O.J. Mayo played some of his best minutes of the playoffs and Zach Randolph got hot and took over late like he has done in several other playoff games this season. There's no doubt Memphis has heart and I think you have to give head coach Lionel Hollins nearly all of the credit. As good as some of the Grizzlies have played, there is no way they should be competing at this level without Rudy Gay. Hollins seems to push all the right buttons and the Grizzlies have repeatedly played over their head.
Also on Sunday (because Oprah is bigger than the NBA), game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals starts in Chicago. The Heat have gone from inexplicable underdogs in the Eastern Semis to favorites to win the whole thing.
There has been some speculation that the Heat celebrated beating Boston a little too much and are ripe for a hangover against Chicago. I don't think that will happen. The Bulls swept the Heat in the regular season and Miami has not forgotten that. The infamous crying comments that Heat coach Eric Spoelstra made came after a one point loss to the Bulls where the Heat came up short in the final moments of the game. The other two losses came when Lebron was out and Chris Bosh had one of the worst shooting performances in NBA history going 1 for 18 from the floor. Either way, the Heat still have something to prove and I think they will play like it. The only time they are vulnerable is when they lose interest and coast. As we have seen these playoffs, when Miami plays hard, they win. I like Chicago to make it a fun series. I think they will put up one more win than Boston and take it to game 6 where the Heat will close it out in Miami. Both teams play excellent defense, but when you boil down the matchup it is basically two against one.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I have been engrossed in the NBA playoffs, MLB, and even a bit of hockey playoffs (good luck San Jose, doesn't look good), but between watching sports and starting a new business, the blogs haven't been cranking out as some of you may have noticed. At this point I might only have 1 or 2 readers that have stuck with my sporadic postings.
For those that are still interested in my takes, follow @bbscrewball on Twitter. Instead of yelling at the TV, I'll post my views and hopefully get some of you to argue back.
I would have never checked out Twitter if I wasn't forced, but now that I see how it works, it is pretty fun. I don't think many of my readers have accounts, but if you do, send me your address so I can follow you too. It is easy to start, and once you get going it's hard to stop.
Rather than a blog a month I will be able to crank out several tweets a day if there is something worth commenting on. This doesn't mean I will stop blogging. I do love my blog. It pains me that I haven't kept current. Unfortunately, the real world has a tendency to keep us from doing all the things we love as much as we would like. I'm still working on a cure for that. When I find it, I'll tweet about it @bbscrewball. Until then, I'll continue playing Mega Millions so I can sleep at night.
By the way, we still might see that OKC vs. Miami Finals. What a display of talent that series would be! I fully expect OKC and Chicago to close out their opponents in the next couple of days setting up a D Rose/D Wade matchup and a Dirk/Durant pairing. Great stuff. If you're still not watching the NBA despite the great collection of talent in the playoffs, you're in the minority. The ratings haven't been this high since the Jordan era. Anyone want to argue Lebron going to Miami was a bad idea now? If so, drop me a tweet @bbscrewball.
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