First weekend salsa

That’s the food, not the dance.

When the Professor and I met, we were living in different towns about an hour and a half drive apart. The fact that we had mutual friends resulted in us ending up at the same queer-related focus group, where we met briefly. Emails ensued, and before long we were exchanging seven a day. This was before texting, instant messaging, affordable cellphones or unlimited long distance, so seven emails a day was a LOT of contact, especially considering that we both had full time jobs and I didn’t have a computer at home back then.

Then came the five-hour phone call. We spoke from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. one night a couple weeks after first meeting. We just couldn’t stand it any more, and I made plans to spend a weekend over at her place. There was a small mountain range between our two towns. In years to come, we would say that I drove over the mountains and never really came back. We had known each other 16 days. (Though in all fairness, it took me another 5+ weeks to move in.) She says half jokingly that part of the reason she fell in love with me was that I made this recipe during my visit. Since then, we have always called it First Weekend Salsa.

First Weekend Salsa

2 cans green chile tomatoes
1 green pepper, diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped up
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 c. frozen corn
1 T. cumin (reduce if you’re not a cumin fanatic like me)
1 t. chile powder–regular or chipotle

Mix all and let sit for awhile to allow flavors to blend.
Because of the corn and black beans, a big bowl of this with tortilla chips is essentially a meal. Enjoy a little bit of it, or a lot!

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About Verla

Wordfreak. Retired private investigator and Spanish court interpreter. Erstwhile librarian. Texan by birth, cheesehead by upbringing, latina by soul, in New Mexico by choice. Lover of things purple. Passionate participant in the Librivox audiobook recording project. We record books that are in the public domain in the U.S. The recordings are then placed in the public domain themselves.
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