Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend

by Shelby McDonald 
from Peg Cochran's Farmer's Daughter Series

It’s Memorial Day weekend!  What are you doing? We’re having a barbecue here at Love Blossom Farm.  Kelly and Seth have come over to join Matt and me.  You know Matt—he owns the general store here in Lovett, Kelly’s our local vet and Seth is our family doctor.

I’ve got some ribs cooking on the grill and I’m making French potato salad (Julia Child’s recipe where it’s dressed with white wine and oil instead of mayo), some cole slaw (grated cabbage plus mayo plus sour cream plus cider vinegar plus salt and a dash of sugar make for great cole slaw.) And for an appetizer I’ve made a big bowl of cowboy caviar to serve with tortilla chips.

Have you ever made cowboy caviar?  It’s delicious and so easy!  It can also be served as a side dish.

Cowboy Caviar

½ green pepper
½ red pepper
1 small red onion
3 plum tomatoes
½ cup olive oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup cider vinegar
1 tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
1 bunch cilantro
1 can black-eyed peas
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can shoepeg corn
½ tsp salt or to taste

Dice all veggies and chop herbs.  Drain and rinse beans.  Drain corn. 

Combine veggies, beans and corn.  Mix in spices and chopped herbs.

Boil oil and sugar and vinegar for one minute.  Pour over mixture and chill.

Coming June 5! 

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  1. Your meal sounds yummy and the Cowboy Caviar looks easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Love this series and all of your books. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! Looks really good.