Tex-Mex Bean Salad

This is an easy salad to throw together the night before your event. We like it served with guacamole and tortilla chips. If you have any leftover you can add some cooked pasta (and a little extra salsa if necessary) to it and have it either cold or hot the next day.


1 16 oz. can black or dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 16 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed

1 small can sliced black olives, drained and rinsed

1/2 – 3/4 c. chunky style salsa

1/2 chopped green or red pepper

3 sliced scallions

juice of 1 lime

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss gently.  Refrigerate several hours before serving for flavors to blend.

Grilled Sweet Corn

This is another good recipe for those who are wondering what a vegetarian could possibly throw on the grill for supper. We like to grill corn on the cob in the husks. This requires soaking the ears for at least one hour.
If the corn has a lot of silk you can peel back only the top half layers of husk and remove as much silk as possible. Then rewrap the husks over the corn. Or, you can cut off as much silk as is hanging outside the husks. Usually I just leave it on. Once the corn is grilled the husk and silk remove easily, and that is part of the fun of eating outdoors anyway, and a way to get your guests involved in the fun, too.
Once the silk issue is dealt with, simply put the ears of corn in the sink and fill it with enough water to completely cover, and let them soak. I like to do this on a Sunday just before leaving for church. Then, when we get home and fire up the grill the corn is all ready to go.
Remove the corn from the water and shake to remove excess water. Place on cooking grate and cook on indirect/medium heat for about 25 minutes, turning 3 times. Husks may get brown and shriveled — don’t worry about that.
The corn will be very hot! Wear gloves or use ovenmitts to protect your hands while husking. (Each person husks his own ear of corn, so have a bucket handy for husks).
REMEMBER: organic corn is always your best choice.