Simple Corn + Bean Salad and Your Pasta Machine


This time of year is all about fresh corn. Because, really, what’s better than fresh corn right off of the cob? I love the way corn grows, as well. How, almost suddenly, it’s taller than you… and kind of threatening in an 80′s horror movie kind of way.

Living in Manhattan, we don’t see a lot of corn growing, let alone those boundless impressive oceans of corn you see if you go a little into the country. But, we do have a metric-ton of farmers’ markets. And we all know that being seen at a farmers’ market can be seen as some as a badge of honor; getting there early and pretending that you don’t care as you peruse the weirdly-colored chards and kales.

I do try to stay away from all of that, to be completely honest. But, for fresh sweet corn? Uh-huh!

Aside from nibbling at corn-on-the-cob, this is one of my best uses for it. The divine sweetness really shows through and is heightened by the freshness of cilantro, the creaminess of the beans, and the earthy flavor of cumin and coriander.

I might need to mention that this creates minimal heat, too. Almost no cooking! I made this and photographed it on the one humid day this week and I can attest to the fact that quick-cooking the corn did not heat up my apartment (read: forced me to turn on the A/C (i.e. absurdly high electric bill.. again)). Perfect for summer!

 Simple Corn + Bean Salad

I use good quality canned beans when I make this, usually two different types for color and for texture. But, should the spirit move you, by all means rehydrate and cook your own (I’ve included the ‘bean preparation tipcard’).Please keep in mind that you should never cook corn (or any bean) in salted water– it makes them tough!


  • 5freshly husked ears of corna heavy pinch of sugar
  • 2cansof beans, of two varieties (see note above), drained and rinsed
  • 1sweet bell pepper, color of your preference (I chose orange), chopped into cubes
  • 1small red onion, chopped or 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1generous handful of cilantro, choppedthe (fresh) juice of one lime
  • 1tsp.cumin
  • 1tsp.coriander
  • salt, to taste


Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add in the heavy pinch of sugar then carefully place in the corn.Once the water has returned to a steady boil, immediately drain the corn into a colander. Now, let it cool – at least enough to touch.Once the corn is cool enough to handle and you’re ready to assemble the salad, break each ear in half by bending them at the center.  Now, go about removing the kernels by setting up a half of the ear standing up on a cutting board and running a knife downward along the tough center section, allowing the kernels to fall in lovely yellow sheets. Place the kernels in a large bowl and toss in the rest of the ingredients. Add ample salt to taste. Let sit for just a little bit and enjoy!



What Is Purple Weed?

Purple weedis surely a kind of marijuana which is purple in its color condition. The purple comes from colder or low temperature on which the weed is planted. Even, this color condition sometimes is assumed to either have quality or even be dangerous. In fact, purple weed is a cannabis or marijuana strain which was developed by some Dutch breeders. It comes once the harvest time is coming and in the flowering stage. Therefore, purple weed commonly appears in white trichomes. It is also being covered in crystals with somewhat sugar look which is mixed with the characteristic of purple weed.

How To Make Purple Weed?

Purple weed actually can be made by manual ways which are quite simple. Firstly, we should know that the purple color of purple weed actually comes from the lowering of temperature around. It even does not require anything as the additional ingredients. Besides, if you are good at coloring, you actually can use food coloring to turn the common weed to be purple weed. However, this method is not recommended since it is not naturally grown with the weed itself. The reason of purple weed is actually similar to the case that happens to orange. For such, orange turns to be orange as they are ‘orange’, the purple color of eggplant, black of raspberry, red of strawberry, and so forth.


This happening is naturally caused by the occurrence of anthocyanin accumulation. Here, the anthocyanin will build the plants up. That is actually natural way on how purple weed is grown and than used in the best dry herbs vaporizer. Besides, lowering the temperature of the area in which the weed is planted also affects the anthocyanin accumulation to turn the weed to be purpler. This purpling process is generally started by two weeks before planting the harvest. Then the flowering stage will take time in about 7 to 20 weeks. Right after 3 to 4 weeks of the plants’ growth, you can do temperature dropping in order to grow your purple weed. In the end, the cold temperature will likely result the weed as your wish and probably in high quality of strains, which here is the purple weed.

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How to Buy a LED TV

How to Buy a LED TV

Buying the best LED TV doesn’t merely involve the common approach of buying the largest flat screen TV that’s affordable. This, in fact, is the most wrong way of choosing an LED TV. Larger screen may not give the best quality picture in your room. There are several factors to consider while buying a LED TV. These include the size of the room, the average viewing angle, multiple use capabilities etc.

First, choose between an LED and LCD TV. The former is really an LCD TV that uses the LED backlighting instead of fluorescent lights. This subtle difference, however, lends LED TVs a better color, contrast and viewing angle.

How to Buy a LED TV

Measure the distance from where you would be mounting the TV to the normal viewing position. If you have several viewing positions in your home, get an average distance. Multiple the distance in inches with 0.535 and then round it up to get the optimal screen size of your LED TV. For instance, if your average viewing distance is 96 inches, then the optimal size will be 52 inches.

Decide between 1080p and 720p. While the latter is cheaper, 1080p give a better resolution and you can watch your HD video better in this screen. While this, sometimes, may not give a better quality picture, if you choose a higher pixel screen, it won’t cause the pictures to be pixilated. A larger pixel screen can make you use the LED TV as a computer monitor.

Check out the type of inputs of the TV. A computer connection would require a HDMI, VDI or VGA port depending upon your computer. You can also want HDMI input facility for enjoying high definition videos. If there are several inputs, you can connect multiple devices simultaneously. A stereo output would help you to connect the TV to an external surround sound system.

Look where the said inputs are located. If they are at the back of the TV then connecting them could be somewhat cumbersome, more so if you plan to wall mount your LED TV.

How to Buy a LED TV

Check the possible viewing angle from each sitting location. Beyond or outside the standard viewing angle, an LED TV can look considerably darker. The best position is of course directly in front of the TV. Go for a TV that has a truly wide viewing angle.

Read as many online reviews of LED TVs that you can find online. there are many sites that compare the size and specs of LED TVs.

you plan to surround your TV with multiple seats, choose a TV with the widest viewing angle possible.