A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 27, 2006
Cowboy Caviar (bean dip)

"Cowboy caviar” is sometimes just another name for “Texas Caviar,” a black-eyed peas dish. When black beans are substituted for black-eyed peas, “Texas caviar” becomes “Cowboy caviar,” some insist. “Cowboy caviar” is most widely known as an energized sort of bean dip.

One “Cowboy caviar” version is simply an eggplant-based appetizer.


Recipezaar.com
Cowboy Caviar
20 min 20 min prep
1 (11 ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 firm-ripe avocados, finely chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
tortilla chips (I prefer Tostitos Scoops)

Recipezaar.com
Cowboy Caviar (Tangy Black Bean Dip)
10 min 10 min prep
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans (drained & rinsed well)
2-4 garlic cloves, cut
1 medium onion, cut up
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup parsley
1/3 cup olive oil
3-5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 (7 ounce) can whole kernel corn (rinsed well)

12 February 1992, Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram, “Black-eyed pea fans relish Texas Caviar recipe” by Linda Cicero, pg. F2:
Karen Moore sent an updated recipe that replaces half the vinegar with lime juice, uses fresh cilantro rather than parsley, and green onions rather than yellow. Pat Livesey says that if you replace the black-eyed peas with black beans, the result is “Cowboy Caviar.” She serves it over a block of cream cheese, and adds black olives and cumin to the marinade. Several readers say they add chopped fresh tomato to the pea mixture.

15 March 1986, North Hills (Warrendale, PA) News Record, Food, pg. 8:
There were chilis galore and a delicious eggplant-based appetizer spread called Cowboy Caviar.

23 July 1986, New York Times, “Food Notes” by Florence Fabricant, pg. C9:
A company from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., calls its tasty vegetable mixture Cowboy Caviar.

8 March 1987, New York Times, “A Taste of the Wilds of Michigan” by Gloria Whelan, pg. 567:
Recent additions to the catalogue include whitefish caviar, shipped frozen, and Cowboy Caviar, a blend of fresh eggplant, tomatoes and peppers with garlic and spices.

16 October 1988, New York Times, “A Neighborhood Place in Eastchester,” pg. WC29:
And as nicely cooked, broiled shell steak could have stood better on its own, without an off-flavored chopped vegetable mixture called Cowboy Caviar.

11 November 1988, New York Times, pg. F14:
AMERICAN SPOON FOODS has some wonderful treats to accompany holiday turkey or ham; old-fashioned corn relish with a touch of sweetness (an eight-ounce jar is $5.75) or Cowboy Caviar vegetable pate (a nine-ounce jar is $5.50) Both are low in calories and fat.

(Trademark)
Word Mark COWBOY CAVIAR
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 029. US 046. G & S: FOODS; NAMELY, VEGETABLE PATE. FIRST USE: 19831200. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19840600
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 73501333
Filing Date September 27, 1984
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 9, 1985
Registration Number 1342969
Registration Date June 18, 1985
Owner (REGISTRANT) FARRELL, GERALD G. DBA J. FARRELL INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 33341 OCEAN HILL DRIVE DANA POINT CALIFORNIA 92629
(LAST LISTED OWNER) MOON SHINE TRADING COMPANY SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP 1250-A HARTER AVENUE WOODLAND CALIFORNIA 95776
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record LEWIS ANTEN
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “CAVIAR” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date March 25, 2006

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