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Pico de Gallo

26 Dec

As I have mentioned many times before to people who know me best; I love salsa!  This is a variation on your normal restaurant style salsa.  It tastes so fresh as if you just picked all the vegetables right from your garden!

The Cast of Characters:

1/2 large yellow onion
1/2 large red onion
8-10 Roma tomatoes
1-2 jalapenos (if you like things spicy, leave in the seeds)
lime
kosher salt
Bunch of Cilantro

Directions:

1.  Dice up the yellow and red onion.
2.  Dice up the tomatoes.
3.  Grab the bunch of cilantro, and chop it up very finely.  I love cilantro, so I probably add at least 1 cup to this pico.  Add more/less depending on your liking to this side.
4.  Slice up 1 or 2 jalapenos in half and then dice into very tiny pieces.
5.  Next, add all of the above into a large mixing bowl and give a good stir until everything is combined well.
6.  Slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice from the lime into the bowl.
7.  Sprinkle with kosher salt and stir well until combined.  I normally add extra salt on the top right before this is served.

Adapted from: 
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/pico_de_gallo_a/

Salsa Salsa Salsa!!!

19 Dec

To me, there is nothing better than tortilla chips and salsa for a quick snack. In a perfect world, I’d eat the salsa from “On the Border” everyday! Their salsa is so flavorful, fresh, and the perfect consistency. Unfortunately I can’t go to On the Border everyday! As a backup, I always make sure I have a jar of salsa or some store made
pico de gallo on hand; they are great in a pinch! However, when I’m looking for salsa similar to my favorite Mexican chain restaurant, I make it! This is the real stuff! To me, this stuff screams On the Border! It’s spicy. It’s fresh. It’s good!

If you don’t like spicy things, I would recommend using 1 jalapeño first. After tasting salsa with 1st jalapeño, determine if you want more spice. If you want more spice, add second jalapeño! Get ready for the heat!
To keep the salsa freshest the longest I store in 2 large size mason jars. The presentation in itself is nice; but these salsa filled jars make lovely gifts as well! Just add a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and your friend will be delighted!

Ingredients:

2 fresh jalapeño peppers
5 cloves of garlic
6 Roma Tomatoes
1 28oz. Can of diced tomatoes; with liquid drained
1 tbsp. Cumin
1 small yellow onion
1 small red onion
1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

In food processor, combine the jalapeños and garlic. Process until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add all other ingredients to the food processor.

Pulse in very brief pulses until the vegetables have reached the consistency you desire. For this kind of salsa, I prefer for everything to be chopped and diced up very finely.

Adapted from:
http://annies-eats.com/2009/01/25/my-favorite-salsa-ever/