Saturday, August 22, 2015

SMOKED CORN SALAD #recipe #bookgiveaway from author @abbottmysteries


It’s corn season here in Ontario and we’re picking it up almost every day and loving it.  Here's our neighbor, Anne, at the corn stand on the corner. How's that for friendly convenience?

 We often eat corn on the cob, but we love to change it up with salads.  All you need to do is cook three extra and you’ve got the main ingredient.  This year’s version is grilled on our smoker, but you can get that same smoky taste with a handful of hardwood chips.

Soak your corn for about thirty minutes.  We took out the silk and tied the ends of the husks with tinfoil.  

To cook the corn:  Prepare your barbecue/grill and add about ½ cups of hardwood chips. Follow the directions on your package of hardwood chips.

Remove the corn silk and husks if you want or leave the husks on.  This time we left the husks on, but in the past we have grilled without them.  This gives a smokier taste and a nice charred look. Try it both ways.


All you need is:

3 ears of fresh corn, smoked and shucked
3 green onions, sliced thin, green and white part ( or 1/3 finely chopped red onion)
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can of black beans, well-rinsed
3 – 4 tablespoons, chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons green chillies (about half a small can) or substitute your favorite spicier pepper. Live dangerously, if you dare
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of two limes  (we like it with lots of lime)
1 tsp sea salt
Black pepper to taste.
All you do is:

Scrape your corn kernels from cob. Place kernels in a bowl with the black beans and red peppers and onions. Should be looking pretty already,

Juice the limes.  We like our new stainless reamer.

Add the rest of your ingredients and toss.  

Don't forget a nice sprinkle of salt.  We like this pink Himalayan salt, a gift from our friend Barbara Fradkin who has been a guest here at MLK>

Refrigerate.  This is better the next day when the flavors have blended.


That shadowy body known as Victoria Abbott is actually us: artist and photographer Victoria Maffini and her mother Mary Jane.  Together we write the book collector mysteries. We are very happy to announce that THE MARSH MADNESS, the fourth in the series, is now available for pre-order by clicking the links below or through your favorite source of books!

Of course, the corn isn’t the only think we’re ready to harvest!  Our fourth book collector mystery is ready to be picked on September 1st.   Today we’ll draw for a review copy.  Simply leave a comment here and your name goes in the hat.  We’ll draw on August 23rd to give you breathing space. 


Good luck!  If you win it and you've already pre-ordered, we'll arrange a substitute book.  Be lucky, friends.

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  1. I had a smoked corn salad at church and it was sooooooo good. It was almost like eating it by a campfire. Thanks for the recipe. sssusieq@hotmaildotcom

  2. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!

  3. I haven't had smoked corn salad but it looks good! Thank you for the recipe and giveaway.

  4. I had never heard of smoked corn salad before! Thanks for the idea and the recipe!!
    I would love the book too! Thank you.

  5. Yum. I was lucky enough to get some sweet farm stand corn the other day. I need to see if I can get some more to try this. Thanks for the giveaway - can't wait for the release!

  6. Love this! It's very similar to the corn salad recipe I use. I'll try adding black beans next time. Thanks!

  7. That looks sooo good! Can't wait to try it!
    Thanks for recipe and chance to win
    -Rachel Welty

  8. Mmm I love corn cooked any way (although never had it smoked). The salad sounds awesome!
    - Katie R.

  9. Such a pretty salad. I've never had a smoked corn salad before. Now, if I can just get my son to start up the smoker... lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  10. I love this series , and the recipe looks scrumptious!

  11. Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Recipe sounds delicious.

  13. I wish I had your neighbor nearby. This is my kind of dish. Yum, yum, yum. This summer has gone by so fast that I haven't had time to go to the farmer's market. Now I *must*!

  14. I've preordered, but there is time to cancel if I win. I've never thought of using smoked corn in a salad.

  15. Thanks for the recipe, it looks good! Thank you for the chance to win your book. crossxjo@hotmail. com

  16. What a wonderful recipe here in Eastern Iowa we have alot of corn sold by one grower. He sells sweet corn to so many people especially at farmers market but also at another location where we get ours. We put it on the bbq wrapped in tin foil with pads of butter inside . So good but having it in a salad is so good. I would love to be in the running for your book and to also post reviews at a few sites! Good luck with it.

  17. Thanks for giveaw s y and recipe. Sounds fab!

  18. Picture perfect dish.
    Speaking of pictures...That is an unusually subdued one of you two!
    Happy weekend

  19. Thanks for this delectable recipe. having lived in Ontario I miss the wonderful veggies which are out all summer and fall. thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. I enjoy finding new to me authors to read .Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  21. I enjoyed this delightful post and love the recipe and your books. The farms and produce so nearby must be very special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. This series sounds interesting! Big fan of paired writers like Charles Todd And Jane Clelland ( no longer with us tho).

  23. Oh, the salad looks delicious and fairly easy! I just don't know how you manage to not eat all of the smoked corn right off of the cob! You must make extra! :) Thanks for the chance to win Marsh Madness!

  24. Oooo I love sweet corn! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway! :)

  25. I always buy too much sweet corn for just the 2 of us to eat. This is a great idea for the extra ears.

  26. The recipe sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing it and for the chance to win a copy of The Marsh Madness. Love the cover!!

  27. Thanks for the great recipe and the chance to read your book.

  28. Looks tasty, always looking for recipes to increase my use of beans.

  29. What a delicious recipe! I have never had smoked corn salad and I am anxious to make some for my family. Thanks you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!

  30. Just about to have some fresh corn here for supper, along with some barbecued chicken kabobs. Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious.

  31. I just have to read this book given my last name is in the title!

  32. I am looking forward to reading The Marsh Madness! I just love this series. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! Have a great weekend!

  33. Great corn idea!
    AT shaw
    DOT ca

  34. Looks yummy and would love to read The Marsh Madness!!!

  35. What a great summer recipe! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the upcoming release of The Marsh Madness.