I’m adding (I can do it, it’s my blog) a new category to tout the making of the best recipes I have found over time.  Cooking is a great activity and although I do not qualify as a good cook, I am an exceptional eater.   Looking for something new to eat, I have tried dozens of recipes and have found that most of them are terrible.  I don’t care that they get five stars from a cooking site, when served, most everyone is at best struck speechless.  Why, I don’t know.  What I do know is the more complex and expensive a recipe is, the worse it usually tastes.  I know that everyone has different tastes and preferences, otherwise no one, anywhere, would eat brussel sprouts, anchovies, or pickled mushrooms.  I also know that it’s rare that my meals ever get applause, so the few that do must be pretty good.  Today’s recipe is Cowboy Caviar.



Cowboy Caviar is a relish that can be used as—well a relish—side dish, dip, or condiment.   It’s easier for you to make some up than for me to try and describe the taste.  Just take my word for it, it’s good.

Mix the dressing together:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • dash garlic seasoning

Add this to:

  • 1 can black eyed-peas (or black beans)
  • 1 can corn—drained (I prefer crisp Green Giant)
  • 2/3 cup chopped cilantro (if you haven’t tried this herb you’re in for a treat)
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 2/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup chopped avocados

Because of the cilantro and cumin, this dish has a mexican flair to it, but is good with about any dish that goes well with a mild salsa.

Remember that this site is mostly about trying new and interesting things.  If you have never tried cooking, go for it.  The worst that ever happens is that you have to take everyone out to McD’s.

Geezer Proof Recipe: Cowboy Caviar

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