Mexico, North America

simple summer salsa

This recipe is not some new discovery. I’ve been making this since high school when I ordered my “Kitchen Quick” off of t.v. Saying “off of t.v.” feels really weird. But it wasn’t online. I had my mom call to order this kitchen quick for me and it came with a recipe for salsa. This Kitchen Quick really catapulted my cooking love.  It was basically a hand-powered food processor. My friends would tease me that I would never come and hang out on the weekends anymore because I wanted to stay home and make “sals” (right, Min). The salsa recipe called for fresh cilantro, but this was ’98 in Iowa and we only had dried. By about 2000, you could easily find fresh cilantro in the stores.  The first time I used the fresh I about croaked. Disgusting! Now I love it. I can’t get enough.

I realize that this is the most basic salsa, but I think that’s what makes it so good! This is so easy, and there are so many GOOD tomatoes out there right now. So take advantage! You only really need a chef’s knife and a cutting board, but if you like a more blended salsa, use a food processor (I’ve had this one for 11 years) or blender.

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapenõ
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  1. chop the onion
  2. rinse the onion (rick bayless trick)
  3. chop all the veggies OR cut the veggies into large pieces and then put into the food processor or blender- including cilantro so skip step 5
  4. juice the lime and add it to the veggies
  5. chop and add the cilantro
  6. season with salt.

*besides fresh cilantro, I think that having a fresh salsa with enough lime and salt is key. It’s so important that it can make up for the fact that you have bad tomatoes.  Speaking of which, make this salsa even if you DON’T have tomatoes. Still good!

*I searched and searched for the Kitchen Quick infomercial youtube but I couldn’t find it.   I did find this creepy one though.

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chill chihuahua


I recently had the most fantastic lavender greyhound cocktail at the Arvada Tavern in Arvada, CO. I’ve always been a fan of greyhounds. Both the dog and the cocktail. The cocktail of course is very simple and allows the grapefruit juice shine. Adding lavender adds this super mellow, relaxing quality. I went to recreate this cocktail at home but I didn’t have any vodka. I discovered that tequila was an easy alternative. I made a simple syrup with just one drop of lavender essential oil. Only use an essential oil that has been labeled safe for ingestion. I use Young Living’s Vitality line. I use a sugar rim to add to the easy going nature of this drink. It’s just a shot of lavender syrup, the juice of a red grapefruit, and a shot of tequila. And I’m pretty sure this combo produces its own shot of dopamine. I can’t can’t wait for you to try it and see what I mean! 

chill chihuahua

serves 1

ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. (1 shot) tequila blanco

1 red or pink grapefruit, juiced or 4-6 ounces grapefruit juice. 

1 1/2 oz. lavender simple syrup 

First make the lavender simple syrup. Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup water in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the syrup starts to get a little bubbly. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. While the syrup is chilling, use a juicer to juice your grapefruit. You could certainly use store bought juice here but try to get the really fresh kind (not from concentrate). Transfer the syrup to a jar that uses a screw top lid. Add one drop of lavender essential oil. Be careful to just add one drop. If you add more, it may taste a little soapy. Screw the lid on the jar and shake it up. In a martinit shaker, combine the juice, 1 1/2 oz. syrup, 1 1/2 oz tequila, and ice cubes. After that, find a little plate to put some sugar on for you sugar rim. Take a short cocktail glass and spread some of the simple syrup on the rim and side of the glass with you finger. Carefully roll that part in the sugar for a sugar rim and side. Place a large whiskey ice cube in your glass. Shake up the contents in the martini shaker and pour it into your glass. Dont try to pour the cocktail in before the sugar rim. You’ll feel real dumb. Sip. Mmmm…isn’t it lovely? 

 Don’t have any lavender essential oil that is safe for ingestion? Send me your email or go to my essential oils page to buy some!