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Pot lucks always produce a good recipe or two

By Lisa Abraham Published: May 1, 2012

Last night was the final meeting and annual pot luck dinner for my church book club, Women Walking in Faith. Because its initials WWF, happen to be the same as the World Wrestling Federation, my husband has dubbed the meetings "Women's Wrestling."

Since October, we've been wrestling our way through the Book of Job and last night was truly a reward for all of the boils, plagues, death and destruction that had befallen poor Job.

Twenty-eight women and about the same number of covered dishes.


One particularly tasty dish was Cowboy Salsa, an easy fresh salsa, that's great with tortilla chips or even eaten on its own as a side salad.

The woman who brought the dish had gotten the recipe from another pot luck she had recently attended. She knew she had a winner on her hands, because she opened up her purse and had a few copies of the recipe on hand for when others (like me) asked for it.

There are many reasons why I love this group, but last night I found another one. After dinner, when everyone was heading back to the buffet line for dessert, nearly everyone bypassed the small dessert plates and opted for the full-size paper plates, which were then loaded with samples of about 10 different desserts that filled one end of the table.

As one member pointed out, "It would be insulting not to try everyone's."

Can't argue with that kind of church lady logic.


1 small can niblet corn, drained

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 large green pepper, finely chopped

3 to 4 medium tomatoes, finely chopped

1/4 to 1/3 of a large red onion, minced (add more or less to taste)

1/3 to 1/2 of a seedless cucumber, finely chopped (optional)

1/2 grocery store size bunch of fresh cilantro (leaves only) washed and finely chopped

3 to 4 tbsp. olive oil

6 to 8 tbsp. red wine vinegar

salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and dress with oil and vinegar.

Note: If you add the cucumber, the salsa won't keep as long.










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