Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Book Review and a Recipe for Green Tomato Salsa

Last Bite - A Novel of Culinary Romance by Nancy Verde Barr
I picked up this book at the library based upon the title. There's plenty of food references (aka. don't read this on an empty stomach) and some light hearted romance. It's the story of 29 yr. old Casey and her job as an executive chef for a national televised morning show. She stumbles into romance with an Irish chef at a near-bye restaurant. This is a fast, entertaining read that will inspire you to check out a few cookbooks.
(And here's a new recipe to use up all those Green tomatoes you have left in your garden)
Green Tomato Salsa/Relish
makes approx. 8 cups
8-10 Green tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 large onions diced
2 large sweet red peppers, cored and diced
2 granny smith apples, cored and diced (leave skins on)
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 c cider vinegar
1 Tbsp sea salt
2 jalapeno peppers, cored, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
large bunch of cilantro or parsley chopped
Combine first 8 ingredients in a stock pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 1 hour. Add cumin and fresh herbs. Use a hand blender or food processor to lightly chunk your salsa. Puree to desired consistency.
Ideas: Use with chips, tacos, burritos. Add a few scoops to soup base. Serve over grilled chicken or pork. Mix into rice for a side dish.

1 comment:

Kristine said...

YUM! That salsa sounds super good - especially mixed into rice like they recommend. Like your new layout, too!Fun.