We’ve chatted before about my nutty family get-togethers.
My people favor a theme. Off the top of my head: Appe-teaser (bite sized!), Kabob-e-que (everything on a stick!) Souper Salad (first courses!)
We get really into these. Weeks before, heated discussion takes place, including a proper theme and who will bring what. The day of the event, mounds of food fill my grandmother’s kitchen. No one leaves hungry. Ever.
The theme this time was “Uno de Juno,” which is what happens when you want to have a Mexican theme party, but can’t make Cinquo de Mayo happen.
Farmer’s Market Salsa
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon minced jalapeño (more if you like it hot!)
1 Cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1 Cup corn, removed from the cob
1 Cup black beans
3 Cups finely diced tomatoes
1/2 Chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
The juice of one lime.
This recipe presents a Choose Your Own Adventure theme. You can simply combine all the ingredients listed above, chill for a while so the flavors marry and then enjoy with chips. OR you can lightly sauté the oil, garlic, jalapeño, onion and corn. Allow these to cool, then mix in with the other ingredients. Cooking these ingredients leads to a milder salsa. Totally up to you! I cooked mine, as raw garlic and onions are a little much for this Veggie.
Other highlights included:
1) My cousin Ryan finding a ginormous snake skin 2) Veggie’s delish plate 3) Aunt Jan’s crafty use of fig leaves on a fruit plate and 4) Sending my baby cousin Laurie off to Ireland for a year. The latter wasn’t really a highlight. It was kind of sad.
As for the salsa, it was a hit, but there’s still a little left in our fridge. I sandwiched a few tablespoons between my eggs this morning and loved every bite. What’s your favorite use for leftover salsa?