Gardening 101 Week 23

Good news. There were no plants murdered this week at our house. I kept my husband and his hoe out of my garden and away from my plants. He instead got to build a screen door for the preschool. Wasn’t he lucky?

But we finally had enough tomatoes to make our first batch of salsa. Along with some peppers and cilantro from the garden too. The only things that we didn’t have out of our garden were an onion and a lemon. We were suppose to have garlic as well and I’ve never grown garlic, but I think I might try it this winter. I’m always up for new adventures.

Peppers from my garden
Peppers from my garden

My salsa recipe is pretty simple. Tomatoes with the skins off and seeds cut out (my husband forgot the latter with the first couple tomatoes that he cut up, but we just went with it), a bunch of peppers, onions, cilantro, lime or lemon juice, with some salt and cumin thrown in. Keep adding stuff until it tastes good to you. I don’t actually like tomatoes unless they are in the form of salsa or pasta sauce, so I make my salsa until it no longer tastes like tomatoes.

Once we get it made and dive into it with a bunch of chips, what we have left over we bag up in quart size baggies and throw in the freezer, that way when we get invited to a dinner or something, we pull some out, defrost it and we are ready to go. It’s also really nice to eat fresh salsa when there is a foot of snow on the ground and spring looks like it will never come.

Finished Salsa!
Finished Salsa!

In the weeks to come we will be spending many evenings chopping and mixing up the salsa and the pasta sauce. Our kitchen always smells good and my hands always smell like garlic or cilantro. It’s a good time of the year!

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