Friday, April 1, 2011

Restaurant Salsa

Restaurant Salsa

2 to 4 jalapeno peppers, seeds and veins removed
1 small onion, quartered
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin

In blender container, combine jalapeno peppers, onion, cilantro, and 1/2 of tomatoes.  Cover.  Blend well.  Add remaining ingredients.  Cover. Pulse until blended.
We eat a lot of salsa at our house, and it is not just because we live in New Mexico, it is because we love it!  This recipe is one of our favorites.  You can customize the heat in the salsa by adding the peppers to the blender at the end, tasting after every addition, until you arrive at the desired heat.

When the fresh tomatoes are looking a little on the not so tasty side, there is no need to fear; thanks to canned tomatoes you can have salsa any time of the year.  Our grocery store sells fresh jalapeno peppers all year long.  If you can't find fresh jalapenos in your store, you can substitute canned diced jalapenos.
Last Sunday the Passion Radio Network, where I have my "Fast Food Friday's" show and where I co-host an afternoon drive time show called, "Cross Connection" with my husband Stan, had Michael W. Smith in concert.

It was an incredible concert!  He not only played his new songs, but he also played some of my old favorite songs like, "Friends are Friends Forever".    
Michael W. Smith with my cookbook.

Michael W. Smith and his crew had dinner before the concert.  I prepared the above Restaurant Salsa recipe, my Mediterranean Salsa, and my Caramel Banana Trifle for them.  All three recipes were a big hit.

The Winner of the Giveaway is:
Gloria of Canela Kitchen
Congratulations Gloria!  
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A special thank you to Melynda of Mom's Sunday Cafe, for posting my Pretzel Toffee recipe!  Please check out her fantastic blog, you will be happy you did!

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Le Creuset French Oven Giveaway! 

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  1. What a great recipe, I keep cans of diced organic tomatoes in the pantry, this will be so easy to whip up when fresh salsa is needed/wanted. Thanks. And thanks for the shout out, that pretzel toffee is the best!

  2. Great recipe, Linda! We love salsa also, especially in the summer with really good fresh tomatoes. Have a happy weekend!

  3. Great recipe...I think everyone loves salsa...I'm planning on trying your toffee this weekend.

  4. Congratulations to Gloria! The salsa looks good! Will have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I love salsa! I will have to give this a try!

    I would also like to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY on my blog....
    "Made it on Monday" is ready for link ups every Wed.-Sat.

    I hope to see some of your recipes soon :)

  6. Such fun that you got to fix dinner for Michael W Smith and his band.

    I fixed meals for Robin Mark (Irish worship leader), and his band the first time they came to the states. They loved my dinner and my "proper tea", but I made peanut butter pie . . . they did not like it :)


  7. Linda Im so,so,so happy love your recipes and I cant wait to receive the book to make some of your recipes,I send you yesterday my address anything, mail me, thanks so much again, the two gifts are wonderful I love them!! gloria

  8. Feeding celebrities now are ya? How cool!

    My favorite salsa is made with fire roasted veggies.

  9. How did you get that gig? My husband loves his music and would probably eat the entire bowl of salsa himself.

  10. So good!

  11. This looks so good and makes me think of warm weather :) Cant wait to try it. Im a new follower thanks

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