How to Make Salsa: My Best Recipe For Salsa
Best Salsa In The House!
Copyright by Jackie D. Kimball
Ever made a hit recipe by accident? That's how my best salsa recipe came to be!
It can get pretty boring at my house for the Alabama grandkids here on summer break.(Ages twelve,nine, and seven) After the affectionate hugging and peeking here and there to see what has changed since their last visit,they realize..uhhhh..well..what now?
I round them up for a snack soon after they arrive.They always climb up on my three fluer di lis New Orleans style bar stools and begin to fidget , and I know what's coming.One will talk just a bit loud vying for my undivided attention. Soon they are all talking louder and louder,reminding me of little birds in a nest tweeting for the mama bird.
The talk soon turns into a poor pitiful me, what is there to do around here pity party.My DISH network only has four kid's cartoon channels,certainly not enough.The poor dears are practically in a state of media starvation, not finding anything that suits their fancy after ten minutes of channel surfing.They soon reach the "what can we do Nana?" stage.
Living over twenty miles from town, it is not a hop, skip ,and a jump to to go to a park.It's too hot anyway.We do make the occasional trip to town, but after a few hours of shuffling through Wal-mart,getting a treat at the Sonic, and listlessly swinging at the hot ,humid park they will suggest that we go back to my house,(Whew,it is so hot!)
To make matters worse,this spring a bad storm flipped my fifteen by four feet pool. I left over four inches of water in it so that it would be stablized somewhat, but to my dismay the weight of the water was no match for the turbulent storm. The pool was lifted ,and turned upside down. Splashing in the pool twice a day or more tires the kids out, and for a while after that,they just sit on the couch twiddling on their gameboys. It's a sane time....peaceful,you know?
Last week the birds...I mean kids, were here for a visit . Sitting on the bar stools, and having finished their first pity party, I asked who wanted to make some goodies.We decided one was going to cook with Nana while the other two sit at the bar cracking jokes about our work and having giggle fits.(Oh,did I say that? I meant while they talk with us.) We should have our own kid's cooking show. We could title it Nana and the Crack-Ups or something like that. I'd of course say stuff southern,'cause I am. Like Paula Deen....it sure works for her.Yeah, I'd be saying "Y'all" and "fixin' to" while I pulled out a prepared earlier final product.Maybe I could start my own cookware line. Maybe we could...
But I digress.The grandchildren all love to get in the kitchen and make snacks. We make pigs -in-a blanket,fruit salad,pizza,tacos, and other easy favorites. I always have the ingredients on hand for these snacks before they arrive and a big old red can of snack foods like chips and cookies.I want them to have everything they need to fix their dish.It's always the same dishes, but on the last visit we discussed widening our talents.
I asked the designated cook (Tiffani) what will it be? Pizza? Cookies? To which she replied, "Salsa ,Nana. I'm just dying for salsa....and do you have jalapenos? I want it spicy and hot." (What can I say? She was born in Texas. )
I guess she was ready to branch out! But the younger grandaughter, Naomi ,stated that she wanted mild peppers. So what did we decide? A little bit of both.Just flying by the seat of my pants so to speak, I decided we would add some seasoning called MRS. DASH ORIGINAL. Lemons were on sale, so I could afford to be generous. Tiffani suggested we add celery. Awww, what could it hurt? We dumped it all in the food processor and in a few minutes, it was ready.
Naomi grated cheese for our tacos, and I poured the chips in a bowl.Caleb tore himself away from the most fascinating television commercial,and we sat down to our meal . What a feast. We all agreed the salsa was the best we ever had.Naomi didn't mind the jalapeno, and Tiffani said it was spicy enough. (Kids are willing to eat most anything that they have prepared.)
That is how we stumbled on a salsa recipe that will be a family favorite from now on. The grandchildren will visit again before they go back to school, and you can be sure we will make it again!
That week we couldn't get enough of the salsa and chips. We made more salsa two days later , along with tacos, burritos,garden salad, and chips. More importantly, we made memories , and that was the best thing about it all.
NANA AND TIFFANI'S HOMEMADE SALSA (no cooking involved)
In a food processor place the following ingredients :
3 medium slices of lemon, peeling removed
4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
½ of a medium sized bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup of banana pepper rings / slices
4 or 5 slices of pickled jalapeño (careful!)
2 or 3 heaping tablespoons of chopped yellow onion
1/2 stalk of celery (or more) chopped
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 14 or 16 0z can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of dried and crushed cilantrol eaves
11/2 tablespoon of Mrs. Dash original blend
One-fourth teaspoon of garlic powder( a pinch)
Pinch of salt to taste
Blend all but the diced tomatoes in the food processor, then add the can of diced tomatoes and pulse again, but only for a few seconds, so that the salsa is chunky. If after tasting, you find that the mixture is too spicy for your taste gradually add a can of crushed tomatoes, using only what you need to make it to your taste.
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