Food for Friday

Yay!  It’s almost Monday!  Are you excited about that, too??  Well, I plan to watch me some basketball this weekend – Go Butler Bulldogs!  They pulled off a big win (upset!) last night, and I sure hope they can continue in the NCAA  tournament.  Oh, and of course, the Tennessee Vols are playing tonight.

I was thinking about all the game-watching that will be happening this weekend, and the volume of chips and salsa that are likely to be consumed .. which sent me in search of a quick recipe for homemade salsa.  I have a couple of friends, a brother & sister, who like to compete on the quality of their homemade salsa ~ the trick being that they get to use ingredients they’ve grown fresh in their gardens!  I am hoping to learn about gardening this summer from Sam & Marie, but until then I’ll have to use my local grocer instead.

Already thinking about summer gardens, I found this Gooseberry Patch volume down in the gallery:  Farmers’ Market Favorites.  Of course, it includes ideas for everything from Sunny Starters for the Day to Sprouting Sandwiches and Fresh Baked Desserts.  I pulled this recipe from Farm Kitchen Snacks & Beverages.

Quick & Easy Summer Salsa

Farmers' Market Favorites

10 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 C fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 C red onion, chopped
1 T vinegar
1/2 C olive oil
juice of 2 key limes

Combine all ingredients (except chips) in a bowl.  Stir to blend.  Refrigerate until chilled.  Makes 2-1/2 to 3 cups.  Serve with tortilla chips.  It’s also terrific if you can’t wait for the chilling ~ enjoy it warm from the garden.

Here’s a Gooseberry Patch note:  Almost any fresh veggie can be added to a favorite salsa recipe.  Try stirring in chopped peppers, green onions, minced garlic and sweet corn.

If you’ve got a hearty supply of chips, you might also want to try Lynda’s Spinach-Feta Dip, made with Greek yogurt, feta cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, and fresh spinach and dill weed.  Or, Veggie Mini Pizzas made with pita rounds for the crust, topped with fresh spinach and plum tomatoes.  Yum!

Good luck to your team if you have one in the running, and I’ll be waiting for the farmer’s market.  I have a feeling that Sam & Marie will just be starting me off with weeding in that garden …

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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