And from peppers came salsa

I made this summery salsa using three ingredients from my garden plus other store-boughts. It tasted so fresh and was the last chance to use up the quickly ripening tomatoes. Summer is almost over – red wine and dark beer suddenly sound delicious again, and I thought about wearing a scarf a few nights this weekend.

Some have turned a brilliant red.
My Thai peppers on the vine
I also used all of these fresh tomatoes from the one plant in the front. (Plus two from the store to supplement these, but I try to forget about that).
I also used all of these fresh tomatoes from our only plant in front. (Plus two from the store to supplement these, but I try to forget about that).
I also used fresh basil.
I also used a few sprigs of basil from the back patio.
Oops! My cat is really cute ...
Ok so my cat is really cute …
The fresh salsa was summery, like pico de gallo. Perfect for an outdoor concert, which is exactly where I took it to. It (and the bag of tortilla chips) didn't make it back.
The fresh salsa was summery, cilantro-y, tangy, like pico de gallo. Perfect for an outdoor concert, which is exactly where I took it. It (and the bag of tortilla chips) didn’t make it back. See the recipe below:
We saw a screening of the first Lord of the Rings on a huge screen  with a live orchestra and choir playing the soundtrack and plenty of snacks and wine in front of us. So awesome.
We saw a screening of the first Lord of the Rings on a huge screen with a live orchestra and choir playing the soundtrack and plenty of snacks and wine in front of us. So awesome. Also, apparently this exists …

The recipe I used was from the “Summer” section of Simply in Season, a gift from my mom that suggests using fresh, local, in-season foods by organizing their low-on-ingredient, high-on-quality recipes by seasons.

Fresh Summer Salsa

6 medium fresh tomatoes (diced)

1 medium red onions (diced)

1 large green pepper (diced)

2-3 hot chili peppers (diced)

1/4 bunch fresh cilantro (chopped)

4 cloves garlic (minced)

3 tablespoons fresh basil (chopped)

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoons vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

* To mimic my favorite smoky flavors in store-bought salsa, I added a tsp each of cumin and smoked paprika. Also substituted the lemon juice with lime juice.

Combine in bowl. Let stand 30 minutes and serve.

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