Sunday, January 6, 2013

Black Bean Salsa

Phoenix, AZ

And just like that I'm back in Phoenix, AZ with my beloved Pioneer.  It's been 2 months without it and I'm so happy to be back.  I know I know full-time RVing is associated with the retired, the seniors, the old man with a passion for barbecuing and maybe his wife and all her little dogs, and love of games like bridge and Mah-Jongg.  Maybe not so much the active, still working, rock climber, vegetable loving couple in their 30's.  But you know, Sean and I really never once dreamed of a house and a picket fence.  We never felt comfortable in one place, where we could settle down.  We don't care if we ever have a career, in fact, we prefer not to.  An ideal situation for us is to work seasonally, live simply, and travel often.  Play outside, see beautiful places. Eat tasty things. " A glass of wine, a crust of bread, and a view.  What more could you ask for?"  (Anthony Bordain said that.)  I couldn't agree more.

Well we are living our dream right now.  Back out west where the sky is so blue it's almost purple, and the  humidity is a distant memory.  It is no longer a battle between my hair, and the moisture in the air!  My hair has yet to win that battle.  I can't wait to find out what is next for us!  I think a celebratory snack is in order.

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Black Bean Salsa with Corn Tortilla Chips

Black bean salsa and chips.  Mine has liquid smoke in it, which is a condiment I use all the time for a nice hickory flavor.  It is not at all spicy, just smokey. You can find it in the bbq sauce section at the grocery store.  It's around $2.

Black Bean Salsa
gluten free, vegan, oil free

2 lg tomatoes- chopped
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained & rinsed, or cup of frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 jalepeno, minced (or for mild salsa, 1/2 a bell pepper, chopped)
dash of garlic powder
dash of onion powder
1 tbsp orange juice
juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
salt & pepper to taste

Mix it all together to combine.  Add more liquid smoke & salt if needed, and mix again.

Serve with corn chips.

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  1. Love me some Liquid Smoke, but are you saying you don't like Mah Jong? Because if you added Mah Jong to the wine, bread, and view, my mind would be officially blown.

    1. Haha! I've actually never played it, but I'm sure I'll eventually get into it. It seems like a path I'm willing to take. I am also thinking of adding liquid smoke to my list with the wine, bread, and view. The list is officially growing!