The Salt of the Earth, or Maybe the Blueberry and Corn Salsa?

Well, we’re nearing the end of summer, and what a whirlwind summer it has been for us: company, vacation, contemplative meetings and most of all working on the final edit of the cookbook. RuthAnn just sent the final text in with all the pictures. (There are 60 of them!) Wait till you see them: Grocery shopping pictures, a few Colorado pictures, and shots of all fifteen meals represented in the cookbook with entrees, 1st courses and desserts.

Rich Boyle, our photographer has done a superlative job. Now the long wait for all the typesetting, printing, etc. the publisher will need to do. Meanwhile Dale is having ideas for a slew of new recipes.

Dale’s World: 

Summer is almost gone and with it all the fresh berries and fruit that make eating such a delight. While there are still some blueberries in the stores, grab a carton, and make this surprisingly tasty salsa made from very disparate ingredients.

You will need:

 For the Salmon

4 Salmon Fillets                                 1 rib of celery

1 cup of Water                                    1 Tablespoon of Black Pepper Corns

1 cup of White Wine                          1 Tablespoon of Salt

1 sprig of Parsley

A Tasty Salsa

A Tasty Salsa

For the Salsa

1 cup of fresh Blueberries                           1 Tbs. minced Jalapeño Pepper

½ cup of Corn Kernels                                1 Tbs. Sugar

½ cup of diced Red Bell Pepper                 ½ tsp. of Salt

1 Tbs. White Wine Vinegar                          1 Tbs. Walnut Oil


 1. If you are using frozen salmon, defrost it.

2. If the salmon fillets are not already portioned, cut the salmon into serving pieces.Roughly chop the celery and parsley into several pieces.

3. In this recipe you can use fresh, frozen or canned corn. Fresh or frozen is preferred over canned. If you are using fresh corn, remove it from the cob.

4. Dice the red bell pepper into 1/8th inch pieces.

5. Mince the jalapeno. The pickled kind is preferred in this recipe, but fresh is good too. It’s the vinegar that I like and I always have a jar of pickled jalapenos in the refrigerator.



1. Combine all the ingredients for the salsa in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

2. Consider doubling the recipe for the salsa. I found myself eating it by the spoonful while waiting for the rest of my meal to get done.

3. One little comment about the oil. Most any kind of oil will work in this recipe. Use whatever you have on hand, except olive oil.



  1. In a large non-reactive (stainless steel or enamel coated) skillet or sauté pan, heat the wine, water, celery, parsley, salt and peppercorns until it comes to a boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer.
  2. Put the fillets, skin side up, into the liquid and cook for about five minutes.
  3. Turn the fillets over, and cook until you can make the flesh flake off with a fork. That should be about two or three more minutes. There are many variables that affect the length of time the fish needs to be cooked, so use your acquired skills determine how long.
  4. When the fillets are done, pour off the cooking liquid and put them on dinner plates.
  5.  Spoon the salsa over the fish.


An healthy and tasty entree

An healthy and tasty entree


Food for Thought:

The Salt of the Earth

 Dale’s recipe for today has such surprising ingredients: blueberries with corn and jalapeno pepper with walnut oil—on top of salmon. Wow! Just reading the recipe makes you open your eyes wide and pay attention.

As public unseemliness and lawlessness increase in our culture today, Christ wants us to spice up things so people will open their eyes wide and pay attention. It’s a temptation to simply stay at home and try to hide from it all. But He has commissioned us to “Go!” and be the salt of the earth.

A friend recently spoke of being shocked by the public unseemliness in a prominent city they visited on vacation. Finally the husband said, “We have to go to church.” And they did.

That’s what we have to do—seek out Christian fellowship to be strengthened and reminded as Sarah Young writes in Jesus Calling: that “No matter what is going on around you, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity.” And there we will also be reminded that we are the salt of the earth, and we must be careful not to lose our saltiness.

Human beings are like sheep. We like to follow the crowd. It was easy for the Roman people to let themselves be moved along with the crowds into coliseums where gladiators were killing each other for sport. It was easy for the crowd to succumb to mass hysteria at Jesus’ trial and join in with the shouting: “Crucify him, crucify him.”

As most of the world seems to be turning away from God, it might seem easier to follow the crowd, but God wants us to be salt on their worldliness, jalepenos on their apathy, blueberries on their corn.

We can do this:

1. By perking people up with unexpected kindnesses,

2. By sending an eloquent tract to someone who shows signs of searching for God. ( I recommend Scott Morton’s For You My Friend, published by Dawson Media.)

3. By having neighbors into the peace of our homes for prayer,

4. Or by simply being civil when you’re in the grocery store.

The idea of Civility began to permeate Western culture back in the 17th and 18th centuries. Civility was good citizenship or orderly behavior. It was politeness, consideration, decency. It seems to me that civility is fast fading from our public places. So simply remembering to practice civility will act as salt on those who are following a rude, self-centered crowd.

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6).

And remember God sees you “as a redeemed saint, gloriously radiant in (His) righteousness” (Sarah Young).  Take heart and be courageous!!


Crimson Chyrsanthemums

Crimson Chyrsanthemums

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2 Responses to The Salt of the Earth, or Maybe the Blueberry and Corn Salsa?

  1. Stephen says:

    Great blog post, Mom & Dale! Congratulations!!!

    • ruthann1 says:

      Dear Stephen, Good to hear from you. We’re on the move!

      I’m so glad your oral surgery seems to have been so successful. No complications! Wow. God is good.

      Thinking of you and praying always, With love, Mom RuthAnn Ridley Inspiring Cuisine “From a chore to a joy”

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