Here's another recipe for the holiday weekend. My mom used to make this salsa with fresh veggies from our garden. It was always the perfect treat after spending the day playing in the sun and sand at the beach. This recipe is super easy to make and keeps for several days. Serve it with tortilla chips or as a side to your favorite meat dish.
2-3 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 very large, or 2-3 small tomatoes, diced
1 large sweet onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 can sliced black olives
1 can green chilis
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp white vinegar
Seasoned salt & garlic salt to taste
Mix the veggies together with 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Season with salts, mix, and chill.
Continuing in the vein of barbequefare, I thought I'd share a recipe I made this weekend. We spent Saturday morning at the farmer's market and came home with some tasty treats, including an assortment of green and yellow beans. I didn't want to take away from the natural taste of the beans, but thought I'd add a little sweetness. The result was delish! After eating the leftovers on Sunday, I found that this dish is good both warm and cold, which makes it perfect for a backyard barbeque!
Farm Fresh Beans with Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 lb. green and yellow beans, washed & ends trimmed
6 slices precooked bacon, diced (I used precooked because it is leaner, but you can use uncooked bacon)
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
2 tsp sugar
Salt & pepper to taste
Cook diced bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add green beans and oil for sauteing. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. Add to the beans and cover. Cook another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or cool and serve later.
*If using uncooked bacon, olive oil may not be necessary. I added it because most of the fat had already been cooked out of the bacon so there wasn't much in the pan for sauteing the green beans.
I am a working woman with a passion for all things food related; I love to grow it, cook it, and most importantly eat it! While I have been known to fix my share of extravagant meals, these days I am budget minded. With a well stocked pantry, a home garden, and some ingenuity scrumptious fare is right around the corner!