Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Summer's bounty...

Finally the hard work of spring pays off as we start to harvest some veggies from the garden. Last year we only planted tomatoes and melons, and sadly most of the tomato harvest reached peak while we were away, so we came home to find them literally broiled on the vines. This year the spouse has been practically babysitting them, fussing over their needs like an indulgent papa. It seems to be paying off -- looks like there will be a bumper crop.

For those who like fresh salsa (salsa cruda?) here's the hardworking farmer's favorite recipe:
Fresh Salsa
  • tomatoes, 4 medium, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 or 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
We tend to like a "juicier" salsa, so we chop the tomatoes without removing the seeds - feel free to seed them if you prefer. If you're a little wimpy when it comes to pepper heat you'll want to seed the peppers too. As always, be careful when working with hot peppers - that juice can burn! Mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least 1/2 hour so the flavors can merge. Break open a bag of corn chips and enjoy!

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