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Summer Salsa in the Winter

Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.  Benjamin Franklin 

Broadway, VA                        February 21              39 degrees                 8:14 pm

 TRF Cullers head shotPlanted the peas Saturday – finally!  We’re trying another raised bed; hopefully enriched, fertilized soil will produce better than hard clay. I am hankering for fresh vegetables, but the farmers market signs are still covered for the winter, and my spinach plants are still only about a half inch high.

I made salsa the other day.  Found the old recipe on the back of a yellowing piece of scrap paper tucked in a mystery book that I hadn’t the interest to finish. Of course the salsa tastes 100 times better in the summer when you can use garden-fresh vegetables, but you can still make a passable version with the store bought stuff.

 

Summer Salsa (in the Winter) 

8 tomatoes, peeled and diced

½ large onion, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

3 jalapeño peppers, chopped

2 tsp. garlic powder (I use fresh garlic)

2 tsp. salt

2 TBS fresh parsley

¼ c. vinegar

¼ tsp. cumin

Place chopped vegetables and spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are medium-soft. Pour salsa into jars and seal.  ENJOY!

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tammy cullers
2/25/2012 2:02:08 AM

We have a few daffodils popping up here as well. Some of the snap dragons stayed green all winter, so they are budding in this 60 + degree weather. I don't mind these balmy days, but they are making my 7th graders very squirrelly! Eight of the twelve girls in my last block class were in tears most of the afternoon (and I ran out of tissues yesterday!) while the six boys looked on in bewildered amazement.


nebraska dave
2/23/2012 3:40:33 PM

TRF, at this point in time just about any thing fresh will taste good. Signs of Spring are sprouting up around the Urban Ranch. The Daffodils and Tulips are poking up to see what the weather's like. So far they are finding nice weather. There is a promise of snow today but I kind of think it missed us. It won't be long now and the yard cleanup will begin. This year there will be no yard waste going to the city. It will all go into the big compost pile at the new garden property. It's still about a month before any cold weather vegetables can be planted here. I tried a fall salad garden last fall and it was wonderful so I'm definitely going to try it again this spring. I tried peas once but they just seemed like a lot of work for such a small amount of end result. I might give it a try again just for some fresh peas in the salads. Good luck with your pea planting. Have a great day in the garden.