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June 16, 2013
Irene Saiger


Dottie’s Cowboy Caviar

photo-12As a little boy he dreamed of being a cowboy, raised in the era of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and The Cisco Kid.  All Norm wanted was a pony and a six-gun, but the closest he came was horse-back riding, living on Kibbutz and wearing a cowboy hat  He even named his bike Trigger.  Over the years, there have been  purchases of Western attire, showing that deep down the dream still exists.  His love of all things Western included the many Cowboy ballads that we spent hours either listening to or singing during the long car trips with our children.  Even my mother knew all of the lyrics to The Streets of Laredo and it never failed to bring a tear to her eyes.

Today in honor of Father’s Day, Norm was able to relive a bit of that dream.  An afternoon spent at the Gene Autry Museum which included a concert featuring some of the members of the Western Music Association.  So here is to fathers everywhere who had to hang up their hat and raise their kids instead.  He would never have traded being a Dad for anything, but just to let him dream for a few more hours, I am serving him a bowl of Cowboy Caviar for dinner.


Happy Father’s Day and Happy Trails to you.



Cowboy Caviar

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed

1/2  cup garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 can yellow corn, drained and rinsed  or fresh raw corn

1/2  sweet Vidalia onion, diced

2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

1/2  each of an orange and red bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, depending on your crowd


1/2 cup of canola oil

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

1 tsp cumin

Combine prepared vegetables and place in a large bowl.  Combine ingredients for marinade in a pot and heat  over low flame for about 10 minutes.  Let cool completely and pour over vegetables.  Allow to marinade for several hours before serving.



8 thoughts on “Dottie’s Cowboy Caviar

  1. Hi, Irene.

    I know you are waiting with bated breath for my response to your blog. It is a great story and I am so glad you both had such a great Father’s day. The caviar sounds delicious and, even better, easy to make.

    But…… there is no way that MY MOTHER knew all the words to The Streets of Laredo. I never heard her sing The Streets of Laredo and, if I remember correctly, she was in my car when we traveled. I never even heard her whisper the name The Streets of Laredo. I agree that she knew many, many songs but this is not one of them. At least not my mother.

    Love you mucho,

    • Dear Anita,
      Thank G-d for Norm who clearly remembers Mommy listening to the song and crying. Since I know you wouldn’t take my word for it.
      My mother was a big fan of music and always sang!

      Moi Aussi,


  2. He was such a cute kid. Always wearing stars pinned to his shirts cause he was the sheriff. Only way to boss around his older sister! Love you guys! Gail

  3. as long as you are forever his Dale Evans, all is wonderful in Laredo

  4. Back at all the fathers, happy trails..

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