Category Archives: Sauce
Salsa is part of the reason why my boyfriend and I are together. The story of this salsa goes back even further than that though. My sister got this recipe from a chef in Mexico that prepared the food at the hotel where she was staying during a trip. She loved the salsa so much that she went and asked him for the recipe. When she got back to the US, she made it for our family, and I became obsessed. It was the best salsa I ever had.
Fast forward to college, freshman year. One of my friends got tomatoes from his professor’s garden (that’s the kind of school I went to) so we decided to make salsa. As we were walking around campus to go buy the rest of the ingredients, I saw two huge bushes. My name is Holly and I was wondering if there were holly bushes. A friendly fellow who happened to be walking by replied that they were, in fact, holly bushes. He introduced himself to me and ignored my friends. After talking a little bit, we discovered that we were planning on making salsa in the building where he lived. We promised to get him when the salsa was finished. Me and my friends parted ways with the friendly person and continued with our plan to make salsa. When the salsa was complete my friends urged me to go get the guy that was talking to us by the holly bush, insisting that he thought I was cute. I did, and we’ve been dating ever since. ♥
This is the recipe for that salsa. From a hotel in Mexico to bringing a couple together in Washington state, this recipe has gotten around. Aside from the obvious sentimental value, it still is the best salsa I’ve ever had. If you have a Chipotle in your area, it’s similar to the chunky mild salsa that they make. So if you like chunky tomato-y salsa, this one’s for you.
5 roma tomatoes
½ white onion
Juice from 2 lemons
½ cup cilantro
1 tsp garlic powder
Dash of salt
Dash of black pepper
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: Makes about 4 cups (nutrition facts for 1 cup)
Remove the seeds and core from the jalapenos. Finely chop the cilantro, tomatoes, onion, and jalapeños and place in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together. Add a little bit of water if the tomatoes were not juicy enough to blend the flavors together. Serve immediately with tortilla chips. The salsa will save a few days, but the tomatoes may get a little wrinkly after some time. Enjoy and don’t forget to go for second helpings!
Remember the stray kitty I found? He’s doing well. He’s got the sniffles, but it looks like my sister will be able to take him so he will have a good home.
In food related news, I made a yummy orange sauce that is perfect for dipping meats or as a sauce on vegetables! I bought a pack of fried shrimp for the boyfriend a while back. He ate half of it but used all the sauce that came with it so I tried to recreate the sauce when he ate the other half. It came out really well, so I made it again to share with you all.
It’s spicy, but that can be changed by altering the amount of red pepper flakes and chili powder in it to make it a sweeter orange sauce. A little bit of this sauce adds a lot of flavor so you don’t need to pile it on to taste it. This is good because it keeps the calories lower and makes veggies taste better! Isn’t that what everyone’s looking for? Something yummy and healthy?
1 tbsp apricot jam
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup spiced rum
1 tsp spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Splash of tequila
Splash coconut rum
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: Makes 1/2 a cup of sauce (2 servings)
Combine the jam, orange juice, sugar, rum, mustard, and spices in a small sauce pan over medium heat. While stirring, heat until the sauce begins to simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to stir until sauce thickens. When the sauce is the desired thickness, add the tequila and coconut rum. Continue to stir until the sauce reaches the desired thickness again. Enjoy!