Oct. 24 Melba's Swap Shop

Melba's Swap Shop: What's in your salad oil?
Modified: October 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012
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— MELBA

DEAR MELBA: I hope you can tell readers that the Nicoma Park Chapter of Eastern Star will be having a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Nicoma Park Lodge across the street from the Nicoma Park Fire and Police station. If any vendors are interested, they need to call and get registered before Oct. 31. To register or for more information, readers can call C. Pumphrey at 769-3040, or me at 769-4504.

— L. BROWN, Nicoma Park

DEAR MELBA: I have this great dip recipe for Cowboy Caviar that I got from my high school friend, Kara Kelley Hubbard, who now lives in Texas. All the measurements are approximate because everything is added, to taste. Some people like more tomato, more onion or more peppers.

COWBOY CAVIAR DIP

1 container pre-made Pico de Gallo

1/4 cup chopped red onions

1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained

1 can (16 ounces) corn, drained

1 to 2 finely chopped fresh jalapeno peppers, to taste

1 to 2 avocados, diced

1 to 2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 mango, diced

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Squeeze of lemon or lime

Fresh cilantro

Italian salad dressing, about 1 cup

Fresh pineapple, chopped, optional

Candied jalapenos, optional

The avocados should not be too ripe. If they're too soft, they'll turn to mush.

Mix ingredients, adding amounts to taste, especially the jalapenos. It's also good to make and chill a few hours, so the flavors can blend.

— JOEL SWANSON, Tulsa

If you have a problem other readers might help solve or an idea you'd like to share, write to Melba's Swap Shop, Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Please include your name and address.

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