Now that summer is officially over and you have to put away the linen, even though it is still 112 degrees outside,  the “party” season begins. Not the holiday season, but the tailgate, dinner club, football watching party season. I personally think Fall is the best time of the year.  The weather cools off and football is on, ALL the time, and everyone is looking forward to the holidays and the food.  It’s just an exciting time of year.

So, you get invited to a friend’s house for an event and you need to bring something so you don’t show up empty handed.  But, you do not have much time because you have been sitting at precious elementary or middle school football games, lacrosse games or cheer competitions ALL day.  What is a guest supposed to do?? You don’t want to bring onion dip in the plastic container from the grocery store, ick!  Bring this dip! Everyone will love it and it takes about 5 minutes to put it together.  And, if you want to make it in advance it only gets better with time.


Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 can of corn, rinsed and drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 limes, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup jicama, chopped
1 avocado, cut into cubes
1/2-1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 Tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
Tortilla or Corn chips

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator, if you have time.  Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

* If you like it really spicy then leave the seeds and ribs in the jalapeno when chopping
* These measurements do not need to be exact-adjust to your liking
* Jicama can be found near the potatoes in the grocery. Do not store in the refrigerator-it will mold.