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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Best Salsa Ever - for real this time

Okay so... I pride myself on making a good salsa, but our friend Easton came over the other day and had a salsa that knocked all of our socks off! So for fear of losing her recipe I want to post it here. I have already made it since she brought it a week ago and mine didn't turn out quite as good as hers but it was still the best I've ever made :)

Perfect Salsa

1 large can of diced tomatoes - drained
5-7 tomatillos depending on the size (5 large, 6-7 small)- peeled and quartered
1-2 bunches of cilantro, depending on how much you like the taste - rinsed and with the stems cut off
1-2 cloves of garlic, depending on how garlicky you want it
1/4 onion
1 jalapeƱo - I always rinse mine off first so that I can actually touch it without getting the oil on my hands, then I cut it in half lengthwise and cut out the veins and seeds and just add the fruit... then if I want it spicier I just add seeds
1 lime - juiced, and I usually cut off some of the fruit and add that in too
Cumin - to taste, I usually just shake the bottle until my arm hurts (how is that for precise?!)
Salt and pepper to taste

Just throw everything in and blend! Enjoy!

Raspberry Salad Dressing (aka The Best Salad Dressing in the World)

I was scrambling to assemble dinner for Blaine's family on Sunday and my heart about stopped when I couldn't find my most treasured recipe card - the one for Katie's Salad Dressing.

See, I used to make salad with this dressing all the time, but there is something about pregnancy that makes lettuce and spinach seem very, very vile. So it has been a while and I no longer had the recipe memorized. I was terrified about not having the card and I couldn't  believe the recipe could not be found on either of my recipe blogs. Sad indeed. Luckily I found the card and am now posting to prevent a future culinary crisis!

Katie's Raspberry Salad Dressing

2 T red wine vinegar
2 T honey or agave
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 t dry mustard
1/2 t salt
1 C strawberry or raspberry jam (do yourself a favor and use raspberry)

Mix it all together....like in a blender or with a whisk.

So this salad dressing is great on baby greens or a spinach salad. I like to top the greens with any combination of the following: avocado, feta, pecans (candied or toasted), red onion, apples, raspberries, strawberries, you get the idea.  . . (apple/avocado/feta/pecans is a personal favorite combo).