Salsa Fresca, originally uploaded by jen d. cox.

The tomatoes are ripe. Time to make salsa!

My recipe calls for Romas, which I did use, but I also used a few other varities, too–Sweet Cluster (really like this one in the salsa), Champion plus a couple tomatoes from my neighbor (Pink & Early Girl, I believe). I also added half of a Serrano pepper to this batch. If you’re not sure how much pepper to use, add it gradually. One final note, if the salsa seems like it needs a little something else, it probably just needs a little more salt. Seems like I always end up adding another ½ tsp. or so.

Salsa Fresca

Before you get started, go buy a box of rubber gloves from the drug store! Dice the jalapeños bare-handed at your own risk–you will get burned. Drinking a glass of milk seems to help. Other burn remedies include rinsing your hands with rubbing alcohol and applyling a baking soda paste.

* 4 C fresh Roma tomatoes, seeded & chopped
* 1/3 C onion, finely chopped
* 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (keeping seeds & pith)
* 2 cloves fresh garlic
* 1 T extra virgin olive oil
* 1 T vinegar
* 1 T fresh lemon juice
* 1 T fresh lime juice
* 1 tsp. ground cumin
* 1½ tsp. (rounded) salt
* 1 T fresh cilantro, minced

Chop tomatoes. Strain as much of the liquid as possible off of the tomatoes. Mix all ingredients. Blend about half the salsa in the blender then stir together again with the rest of the salsa (this makes the overal texture a little smoother).

Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight before serving (if you can wait that long).

Serve with good tortilla chips.


Ready to pick Farm Fresh


It’s strawberry season here in central Indiana. My mom & I took the kids to pick strawberries last Monday. We brought home 10 pounds of juicy strawberries. We put them on dipped them in sugar, put them on ice cream, and ate them in cereal. We also made strawberry shortcake and 2 loaded fresh strawberry pies.

Thought I’d share the recipe–it comes from Randy’s mom.

Strawberry Pie

Prepare pie shell ahead of time. (I won’t tell if you used a store-bought crust–just make sure you get the deep-dish kind.)

2 qt. (or a little more) fresh strawberries, rinsed, dried & hulled
1 C sugar

3 T cornstarch
3 T strawberry Jell-O powder
1 C water

Combine sugar, cornstarch & Jell-O in a small saucepan. Add water and cook over medium heat. Boil until clear & thickened. Remove pan from heat and let cool about 20 minutes before pouring over berries.

Meanwhile, arrange berries in pie shell. Pour glaze over berries, covering them completely. Refrigerate pie for at least 2 hours. Serve topped with whipped cream.