Fresh Tomato Salsa ~ light, spicy fresh tomato salsa with a hint of lime and no cooking involved. Also called pico de gallo ~ it’s a delicious appetizer with tortilla chips or topping your favorite Mexican dish.
We planted our garden again this spring and watered and fertilized all the plants; probably watering more this year than I can ever remember because of the stretches of 90+ temps.
We lovingly cared for these little sprouts like they were our children, anxiously waiting for the first sign there would be a harvest and watching as some of the tomato plants grew as tall as me. Don’t be too impressed ~ I’m only 5’2″.
Our reward for all this tending is lots of tomatoes. I’m talking Lots.Of.Tomatoes. We’ve eaten them in pasta salad, sliced on BLT’s and even a goat cheese-tomato appetizer. Some have a future in marinara but for now, our favorite is this Fresh Tomato Salsa with a basket of tortilla chips and a couple of margaritas.
Lots of things change when your spouse retires. Some good. Some. . . call me ~ we’ll chat. But one really great thing is that we’re lucky enough to be able to spend a month in (usually) sunny Florida. The first time I wondered how we’d fill a month or whether I’d miss home. Now I just wonder how one month can pass so quickly. We take a few days and drive down; an adventure in itself, usually arriving March 1, but this year a most exciting arrival is due mid-March ~ our new granddaughter who will be joining her almost two-year-old brother. At this age, he’s not fully aware of the upcoming changes, but will, however when asked “where’s your baby?”, proudly lift his shirt and pat his Pooh belly. You’re probably thinking ~ okay, great story, but where’s the food? No worries – I swear I’ll get to the Mango Salsa.
Monday on the blog I promised two super easy side dishes and this is the second, Easy Cheesy Jalapeno Corn, a slightly spicy, slightly cheesy fresh corn off the cob side dish that goes perfectly with steak, chicken, pork or fish. Cooking time just 5 minutes. How can you beat a delicious, fresh side dish in just 5 minutes?
For today’s post I’m turning over the reins of A Gouda Life to my daughter, Lauren Dezenski because her Fiesta Peppers recipe is so delicious that it needs to be shared! It’s the perfect appetizer for your next get-together. It’ll improve your life. Guaranteed.
Thank you so much Lauren for your support of A Gouda Life and sharing your recipe and story with us! Stay tuned for other A Gouda Life supporters/guest bloggers!
I LOVE to eat, pair food with a large glass of wine, and get more than a little creative in the kitchen…I am my mother’s daughter. Growing up in her kitchen I became enthralled with trying new things and was inspired by her desire to always put a personal touch on each and every meal. Growing up in her kitchen meant together time, and the promise of food that kept you eating past Thanksgiving-full. It’s about time this artistic home cook shared her recipes over the World Wide Web!