My favorite room in my home is my kitchen. It's where the socialization of the home and family happens. The mainstay of this room is food which I happen to love. I love to explore it, taste it, conjure it and create meals that my family will surround. This is about life, food and all the in-betweens.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Plink Plink Plink
This was the oh, so satisfying sound that graced my dining room this afternoon after I fulfilled my dream of making and canning my own homemade salsa. I made two different kinds, tomatillo and hatch green chile and then I made a more traditional salsa with corn and black beans. Yummy yummy yummy! My dad and family have been making salsa for as long as I can remember. I can recall many Septembers where the family got together and crowded around someones kitchen and made salsa. All day. These were the days of lightning bugs and hide-n-seek in the dark. Thanks to chiggers and the ever rampant seasonal allergies those days are fewer and farther apart but I still enjoy some deck time every now and again but the salsa-making days are still going strong. I'd say that salsa making runs through my family and salsa is definitely in our blood. The more it makes you sweat, the better. I've finally picked up the craft and I'm proud of my first batch. I'll be making more and experimenting along the way just like my fam has. So here's to the first of many! Getcha some chips folks and maybe a drink or two...you may need it.
Tomatillo & Hatch Green Chile Salsa
3 c roma tomatoes, peeled
1/2 red onion
1 lbs. Hatch green chiles, roasted
1-1 1/2 lbs. fresh Hatch green chiles, halved & seeded
1/2 bunch cilantro
6 serrano peppers, halved and seeded
6 limes, squeezed
black pepper to taste
1 1/2 T salt
I processed everything in a food processor and then cooked on medium-low heat for 30 minutes until simmering. Then I canned in a water bath for 15 minutes. This has medium heat.
3-5 lbs tomatoes, peeled
1 1/2 T pickling salt
1/4 c vinegar
1 red onion
4 t minced garlic
1/2 bag mini carrots
3 medium potatoes
1/2-1 lbs Hatch green chiles, halved and seeded 1 poblano, halved and seeded
6 Serranos, both halved and seeded
6 T Mrs. Wages salsa seasoning
Process everything in a food processor. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering for about 20 minutes. Can in water bath for 15 minutes. Voila!