Can we just stop time for a minute? I love this time of year. All I want to do is eat. I love the delicious foods coming out of my garden. I love the Farmer’s Market. I can’t seem to get enough corn on the cob, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apples and tomatoes. Oh the tomatoes… they are my favorite. Yesterday my husband came home for lunch and we had fat slices of tomato on Italian Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a little salt and pepper, and a large leaf of basil. It was so simple and so good.
Then there is salsa. I have run out of my Roma’s and jalepenos making salsa. I want to can salsa (still looking for the perfect canning recipe) but I may need to buy enough tomatoes and peppers to finish the job. In the mean time, I am making and eating as much salsa as I can. Everyone in the family loves it.
You’ve got to have jalepenos. And I prefer a paste tomato… not so runny. You can use slicing tomatoes, but I recommend slicing them in half, and squeezing out the juice and seeds first.
Here’s my recipe:
Fresh Garden Salsa
- 1 ½ cups diced Roma tomatoes
- ¼ cup diced yellow onion
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- Juice of one fresh lime
- 1 Tbsp. finely diced jalepeno (seeded for milder flavor)
- 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
- ¼ tsp. red hot sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: chopped yellow, red or green pepper
Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before serving to let the flavors mesh together. You can also add a little cumin to taste.
Serve with tortilla chips or on Carnitas Dulces or cheese chips…
One last quick tip: I have started putting on a glove when I chop a lot of jalepeno, serrano, and especially habanero peppers. I have rubbed my eye hours after cutting and washing my hands and felt the burn. So I throw on a glove, lunch lady style, and save myself some pain.