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Cook: Easy Homemade Salsa

I know I’ve been absent this week, and I appreciate your patience.  This past week has been sort of a storm of bad news and as I like to keep this space light and happy, and also authentic, I went quiet.  I love writing and cooking and sharing with you, but sometimes life priorities outweigh blog priorities.

But this week is shaping up to be much better, which is good because I really, really needed it.  I’m cooking, it’s a certain someones birthday tomorrow, and I get to go to New Jersey this weekend.  See, I’m choosing to see sunny skies, inside and out!
And if you ask me, there’s nothing sunnier than fresh made salsa and chips.  In my opinion, my dad makes the best homemade salsa, but he either doesn’t know the exact recipe, or pretends like he doesn’t know because he doesn’t want to share it, so this isn’t it.  But, this salsa is second only to his, which makes it pretty darn good.
This salsa is perfectly balanced; it’s spicy but not too intense, the sugar balances out the acidity of the tomatoes, and the cumin adds a smokiness.  My favorite part is the cilantro, though.  It’s fresh and zingy and it just might be my favorite herb ever.
Salsa at home couldn’t be easier.  A blender, a couple of cans, and some good fresh ingredients and you have yourself some salsa that is so much better than the stuff that comes out of a jar.
And thanks again for sticking around.  I promise more delicious food throughout the week!
Here’s the recipe:
Easy Homemade Salsa (Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
  • 1 28-ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 15-ounce cans of Rotel or other brand of tomatoes and green chiles
  • half an onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, roughly chopped, seeds and membranes in tact
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (but I used more like 1 1/2 cups!  I love the stuff!)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (if your blender isn’t big enough you can do this in batches).  I combined everything but the cilantro, then added the cilantro in last.  Taste for seasonings with a chip so you can get an accurate taste of the salt and adjust if necessary, adding more lime juice, salt or pepper.
  2. Refrigerate salsa for a couple of hours, but at least one.  Serve with tortilla chips!

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