Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday In the Yard

After the post-Easter blizzard followed by a week of rain, we took the opportunity to mow and get the flower beds cleaned up.

The Evil squirrel cartel was out in full force today.

After mowing you could see the trail they've made over the winter taking some of their peanuts to a spruce tree on the neighbor's property.
 Some of the flowers in our flowerbeds.

Time to fire up the grill.
Chicken marinated in a little EVOO and lemon juice for dinner dusted with homemade barbecue seasoning.
Around here it's known as Appetizer Crack

(easily cuts in half measurement wise)

2 cups roasted corn, chilled before blending with other ingredients. (honestly, you can  use the Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn and no one will be able to tell the difference)
2 cans black beans - rinsed and drained
2 red peppers
2 green peppers
2 Roma tomatoes - chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and finely diced.
1 cup chopped cilantro. (I'll be honest, I don't like cilantro but I loved it in this dish).
1 medium to med/large red onion - chopped (but not one of those Jabba the Hut sized onions).


juice of 4 limes (if you must use bottled lime juice, try and find the Key West brand, use 8 tablespoons).
2 Tablespoons APPLE CIDER vinegar
1 clove garlic (if you used the minced fresh in the jar, the amount to equal a clove is on the jar, about 2 tsp).
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika (there's sweet and smoky types, get the sweet)
few grinds of fresh pepper,
1/4 (roughly) teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder (I used Penzey's, their stores are in many Midwest cities and you can buy online, very reasonably priced). Some stores carry other brands. If you absolutely can't find it, use regular chili powder.
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 cup  extra-virgin olive oil

Directions: Wash all the produce well. Chop and combine all the fresh veggies, the corn, and the beans. Chill while mixing the dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients except the olive oil. In a thin stream, while using a whisk like you mean it, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whipping it until it is emulsified (if you want to be boring you can use a blender).

Pour over veggies and stir well, chill at least two hours, re-stir and serve.
Chicken!!!! (yes Abby, I made one piece seasoning free for you).


  1. That Appetizer Crack looks delicious. Mom wonders where the heck can one find a red onion that isn't humongous!!! Thanks for the recipe. Abby looks pretty happy about that piece of chicken:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

    1. You could just probably just cut one of the grocery store ones in half. Mom used one out of the garden that she chopped and froze and like most of her veggies it was pretty pathetic (she keeps trying but Mom has a "Brown Thumb"). Abby Lab

  2. We are hoping to go home to true signs of spring.

  3. Lovely flowers, and even the squirrels look cute and sweet! That salad looks fabulous, but probably won't be made here. Hope Abby enjoyed her chicken.

  4. That looks super yummy! We just fired up the grill today too. Yum! Steak!

    (Pssst, Abby, you need to chase those evil squirrels!)

  5. The flowers sure look nice, but the chicken looks better!

  6. Oh man...that 'crack' looks and sounds amazingly delish. Let's hope the squirrel security team corrals the evil cartel. 🐿


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