Corn and tomato salad

Strangely, it’s actually been feeling like summer around here. Though it’s been in the low 60s for months, the forecast calls for 80+ degree days over our Fourth of July weekend, and that to me calls for picnic foods.

I’ve been making a black bean/corn/avocado/tomato salad for a long time, but I was thinking I wanted something a little different. This idea from Chez Pim seemed perfect, so I played around with measurements a bit and came up with this.

Corn and tomato salad

3 cups cooked sweet corn (grilled, boiled, or even microwaved works)
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Basil or other fresh herbs to taste (I chopped up a few sprigs of thyme and a few basil leaves)

Combine the corn and tomatoes in a bowl. Whisk up the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl. I ended up using about half of the vinaigrette and saving the rest for salads, but you can use as much as you want.

Serve with baked beans, deviled eggs, and a Nathan’s hot dog. Swing in hammock. Sip lemonade.

I am also excited to report that I spotted our first tomatoes yesterday!

The question now is whether or not they’ll have trouble ripening (that’s what I hear can be a problem). But with our forecast I think they’ll have plenty of heat and sun.

This little guy has taken up residence in the tomato.

I also finally gave up on my old basil plant, which conked completely, and got a new one, which seems to be thriving. Can’t have summer without basil.

Online reads

Speaking of reading, have you checked out Byliner yet? It’s a cool site that aggregates long-form journalism stories from past and present, including some original pieces like the one I bought, “Three Cups of Deceit” by Jon Krakauer.

I love that sites like Byliner and make it easy for you to find good writing. It’s one of the rare things that makes me feel good about my profession lately!

I don’t have an iPad or a Kindle yet, but I discovered that you can download a free Kindle app for your Mac and read stories that way.

There are also a bunch of new magazines that can be read online or on a portable device, and it seems like this is the first time that change has started gaining some traction. Check out Sweet Paul and Lonny. (Also check out Grace’s response to the NY Times craptastic article about these mags).

I certainly want to believe magazines have a future both in print and online. It seems like it’s become normal to read a digital book, but magazines and newspapers are still struggling to find their footing. I appreciate good writing in all forms and I’ll keep seeking it out.