Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer Yum

On Friday I picked two and a half pounds of blueberries in the back yard! It took more than an hour. If you've ever wondered why blueberries are so pricey, I can tell you. You have to pick them one by one by hand. They grow in clumps but only one or two ripen at a time so, unless you want to lose half your harvest, you have to be very careful when picking them.
I think the cold winter agreed with the blueberry bushes. I've never seen this many berries.
Blueberry Bounty
Blueberry Bounty
My favorite summer salsa. The simplest thing on earth to make.
Summer salsa
Corn&Bean Salsa
1 can sweet corn kernels, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
5 or 6 ripe tomatoes, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
juice of one lime
salt and pepper

Mix together and enjoy. This goes especially well with Tostito's Hint of Lime tortilla chips.

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23 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

No peppers (heat source) in your salsa?

I do something similar but I use avocado instead of the beans & corn and mine has the jalapeno.

Stephanie said...

I'll be trying your salsa. I wish I had blueberry bushes in my yard. I just posted a recipe for a delicious Blueberry-Ginger pie.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

This picture looks so delicious, I may be making some of this for dinner tonight! :) Thanks for sharing.

Suzan said...

I use a similar recipe for salsa and it is delicious!! Blueberries must be in great supply as they are priced ridiculously low here in the grocery stores. Wish I could eat them!

Michaela said...

Yum, yum,yum. That is a perfect salsa for me. Quick to make and not spicy. Our favorite are the lime chips as well. I love the pictures of blueberries.

MichelleB said...

Those blueberries are fantastic! I'm definitely going to be trying that salsa - I've got cherry tomatoes coming out my ears!

One Shabby Chick said...

That salsa looks delicious....and the blueberry pictures are beautiful! I don't think I've ever seen a picture of a blueberry bush! Thanks!

Amber

Lisa said...

That's so wonderful that you can just step outside and pick your own blueberries. Great looking recipe.

amandajean said...

I think I know what I'm eating for supper tonight! (husband is working late tonight, so I won't have to share.) :) thanks for the recipe.

Janice said...

Your blueberries look gorgeous. I planted a blueberry bush about a month ago. It looks very healthy and has berries on it. (they were there when I bought it). Then I heard that you have to have 2 bushes for cross pollination. So I bought another bush yesterday. Haven't planted it yet. Hopefully (they say in 2-4 years) I can look forward to a crop like yours!

wyndesnow said...

We have considered planting a blueberry bush in our backyard. The boys and I went to a blueberry farm last week and picked 4.99 pounds, they were tired or we could have stayed and picked more. The u-pick are very reasonably priced here, much better than buying them in the store. Thanks for sharing the salsa recipe, I'll have to try it.

Mama Urchin said...

We had fresh salsa last night too. Yum is right.

Jacquie said...

I love blueberries. My dad (he's 79) and I picked 30 pounds last week. He's a blueberry freak too! I would love to have bushes in my back yard. YUM is right..and thanks for the recipe...looks delicious.

Allison Fouse said...

Why yes, I actually have been known to scratch my head in bewilderment as to why blueberries are so darn expensive. Now I know. Thanks for enlightening me with that little tidbit of information. =)

Thimbleanna said...

The expensive blueberry mystery solved! Thanks for the recipe -- my guys will love that!!!

MInka said...

Your photographs of the berries are yummy! Great colors!

nicolette said...

Those blueberries look so yummy!
We pay three Euro for 150 grams, but now I understand why.
Wish I had a blueberry bush in my garden.

Thanks for the recipe, the salsa sounds delicious, I love cilantro!!

Amy said...

Yummy, lovely photos! Your salsa if very similar to a s.w. salad I put in pitas :)

loulou said...

lovely pics...could almost pick the blueberries...my Mom always told of when she was little, the family picked them wild....she was raised in Mi. she was a pickin, absorbed in getting her basket full, met a bear coming from the direction-towards he, just as absorbed...they looked up at each other..turned around & ran..must have scared a years growth from both of them.

SweDaisy said...

Great recipe I usually do the same thing minus the cilantro and beans and I add 5 avacados. Yummy!

Take care,
Lisa

LivingTheLife said...

Yummmmmmyyy! I'm going to write this one down...it sounds divine! Nothing better than a good salsa...I love this type also...they are so refreshing!

Blessings...
Teresa

Linda said...

I never knew blueberries could look so pretty on the bush! I want to plant a blueberry bush in my yard someday!

Linnea said...

This is such a beautiful post :o) Very summery and fresh. I have never seen blueberries growing in the wild before. I actually had no idea what they looked like growing on those branches. Now I do! Your salsa looks amazingly fresh. I want to make some tomorrow. Take care and I hope you had a great weekend!
xox,
Linnea