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.
Ultimate Chicken Nachos. What makes something ‘ultimate’ is subjective. Tyler Florence calls his best recipes ‘Ultimate’. I would agree. I checked, but couldn’t find any sort of TF Ultimate Chicken Nachos recipe. Maybe nachos just aren’t Tyler’s thing. Nachos are my thing, though. I could eat Mexican food a few times a week if I didn’t think hubby would abandon ship. When I’m in a restaurant with a group ~ and by group, two or more will do ~ and nachos are on the menu, I’m ordering one. They’re great to split. As I’m eating them, I secretly ~ or maybe not so secretly~ grade them based upon taste and the nacho’s components and whether it covered all the required bases. I’ve had this thing for nachos for a long, long time ~ going back to my single girl Taco Bell diet days. I started on beef nachos, then a few years ago I got hooked on Chicken Nachos and I haven’t looked back.
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.