Plus, when cowboy whistles at me while I work (bent over –ahem…) -- no wonder Boaz couldn’t help but notice Ruth while she gleaned in the field (Ruth 2). If you’ve never read the story of Ruth…even if you are not a “Bible reader” --- read Ruth! It’s endearing, enduring, and epitomizes love and faith. A real love story for real women.
We went on a quick early summer vacation just me and my handsome cowboy, and when we came back the garden was well tended, I mean eaten, by the friendly critters. This means I’m thankful for a harvest even if it’s LATE! (Teachers stop being people again after August 5th) One of my favorite garden go-to’s is homemade salsa. Most people have a favorite salsa recipe, but you must TRY this little secret…
Before I get on to that secret though, I need to give a little step-by-step in case our oldest daughter ever decides to put her cute Texas bottom to work in the kitchen rather than devouring my Iowa salsa when she visits.
Step 1: Bring a pot of hot water to a boil.
Step 2: Put your tomatoes in and let them boil for several minutes. When you see the skin on one start to crack pull them out right away!
Step 3: Please be careful baby girl – it’s HOT! Use tongs.
Step 4: Put the tomatoes in ice cold water, so you can touch them. Do not text or waste time…this needs to go fast.
Step 5: Cut the middle core out of the center. (Most people think I’m about to warn you about knifes, but you are much better at this than I am)
Step 6: Peel the skin back off of the tomatoes and throw them away or compost them.
Step 7: If you want chunky salsa you would perhaps chop in a bowl like this.
Step 8: Since you would throw all chunks out – I recommend using a food processor to chop your tomatoes.
Step 9: Next you can chop peppers: bell, banana, and even jalapeno if you are feeling tough. A good mix of peppers adds flavor.
Step 10: – The secret ingredient! Zucchini! That’s right the “leave them on your neighbor’s porch” vegetable has yet another purpose!
I chop mine up fine using the food processor and mix it with my peppers. It will absorb the flavor!
Add the tomatoes, peppers and zucchini to a pot. Season with a dash of taco seasoning, chili powder, garlic, and salt and pepper.
(I add a little teaspoon of sugar too --- shhhh!! Don’t tell…)
Enjoy your salsa sweet girl!!