Saturday, August 14, 2010

When it's Hot it's Hot

Everyone has been complaining of just how hot and humid it has been the past month. And, I have to admit that I can't recall such a long string of severly hot temperature indexes (105-110) here in West Lafayette. But, it was not sooo bad that I didn't want to go out and pick some tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, basil, onion, and garlic and make some hot salsa!

I have been making a large batch of this salsa about every three or four days, and then subsisting on it with chips, fajita's, nachos, that we are out of ripe tomatoes for now, we got several from my parents garden to make another batch!

Here is the recipe from probably my favorite cookbook "Simply in Season: A World Community Cookbook" by the same group that published the More-with-Less cookbook. Nearly every recipe we have tried from this little green book tastes awesome.

Fresh Summer Salsa Recipe

6 medium fresh tomatoes diced

1 medium red onion diced

1 large green pepper diced

2-3 hot chili peppers diced (vary based on how hot you want it)

1/4 bunch of cilantro chopped

2-4 cloves garlic minced (2 adds good garlic flavor, 4 if you love the taste of garlic long after)

3 tablespoons fresh basil

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine in bowl and let stand 30 minutes, then serve.

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