Friday, March 1, 2013

Homemade Salsa

So I decided to remake my homemade salsa recipe the other night for a potluck baby shower at work today.  All of the ingredients are still the same, however, the quantities are a little different.  I ventured into making the salsa hotter this time around and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the results.  This is a really quick and easy way to make restaurant-style salsa.  Now, keep in mind I did not use fresh tomatoes, especially since they're not really in season this time of year but I really think that doesn't take away from the "freshness" of this salsa.  I used canned tomatoes and the rest of the ingredients were fresh.  This recipe got rave reviews from everyone at work so be sure to try it and let me know what you think!

28 oz can diced tomatoes - no salt
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies - original
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies - mild
1 medium-sized jalapeno
1/2 cup red onion - coarsely chopped
approx 1/2 cup fresh cilantro - coarsely chopped
1-2 clove(s) garlic - minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sugar
1 medium lime -juiced (or approx 1 Tbsp lime juice)

Here are the ingredients that I used...


1.  Rough chop your onion and cilantro. Add to food processor or blender.

2.  Roll your lime on the counter top until softened, slice in half, and squeeze juice into processor. 
3.  Cut and remove stem from jalapeno. Chop in half, then into quarters. Slice and throw into processor.
Depending on the amount of heat you want your salsa, you will have to decide if you want to leave the seeds and membrane inside. If you don't want the salsa that hot, then remove the seeds.
*REMEMBER:  Always wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling any hot peppers! 
Do NOT rub your eyes after handling, you will be sorry!!!

4.  Add tomatoes - undrained
(Just open the cans and add it all in the processor.)

5.  Add a clove or 2 of minced garlic to the mix. I use the jarred minced garlic, so I added about a tsp to the mix but if you feel inclined to peel and mince your garlic yourself, by all means, feel free to do so!

6. Add all seasonings - the salt, pepper, cumin, and sugar.

7.  Hit the pulse button on the processor or blender a couple of times until the salsa has the consistency you like.

8.  Enjoy!  Now this does taste better if you let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to let the flavors marinate and meld together.  It tastes even better if you let it sit overnight.

~Peace & blessings!~

MUSIC BLAST: Michael Jackson - Earth Song

This evening I have been in a Michael Jackson listening type of mood.
I came across his "Earth Song" that I truly thought was titled "What About Us?"
I love this song and but watching this amazing video made me love the song even more.  The visuals are stunning but what catches your attention are the lyrics. Catch out the video below and I even included the breakdown at the end of the song underneath!

That man had an amazing amount of talent. Rest in Love, MJ!

~Peace and blessings!~

Hey, what about yesterday 
(What about us) 
What about the seas 
(What about us) 
The heavens are falling down 
(What about us) 
I can't even breathe 
(What about us) 
What about the bleeding Earth 
(What about us) 
Can't we feel its wounds 
(What about us) 
What about nature's worth 
It's our planet's womb 
(What about us) 
What about animals 
(What about it) 
We've turned kingdoms to dust 
(What about us) 
What about elephants 
(What about us) 
Have we lost their trust 
(What about us) 
What about crying whales 
(What about us) 
We're ravaging the seas 
(What about us) 
What about forest trails 
(ooo, ooo) 
Burnt despite our pleas 
(What about us) 
What about the holy land 
(What about it) 
Torn apart by creed 
(What about us) 
What about the common man 
(What about us) 
Can't we set him free 
(What about us) 
What about children dying 
(What about us) 
Can't you hear them cry 
(What about us) 
Where did we go wrong 
(ooo, ooo) 
Someone tell me why 
(What about us) 
What about babies 
(What about it) 
What about the days 
(What about us) 
What about all their joy 
(What about us) 
What about the man 
(What about us) 
What about the crying man 
(What about us) 
What about Abraham 
(What was us) 
What about death again 
(ooo, ooo) 
Do we give a damn? 
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