I love food blogs. The ones I like best are written by people like me who are balancing life, family and work. The recipes they share are often easy to prepare, quick and don't include a list of ingredients that will break my weekly food budget. (That would be if I actually stuck to a food budget.)
The truth is, I can get pretty excited about good food. So with a blog at my disposal, sharing recipes is a natural step. Now, I can cook up a storm but getting it photographed to share here is another story. It is really challenging (for me) to make a very wonderful, very tasty dish look wonderful and tasty in a photograph. Some people do a better job at it than others and to be honest, I used to be a little critical of the blogs that just had "okay" photos. That was until I tried my hand at it. Crow can be tasty, right?
One of my favorite blogs to browse through is Ann West's Dollop. Ann truly has a gift. Her photographs are spectacular (and her recipes are top-notch too). I am afraid that I don't have an Ann West bone in my body, but I came across a recipe recently that I LOVED so much that I was willing to expose you to my crappy food photography just to share it. (Because even a bad picture is better than no picture when we're talking about food.)
This recipe is from Mandi Miller over at My Bloggy Life. (And yes, Mandi's photos are better than mine.)
Mandi's Tex-Mex Salsa
1/2 large white onion, chopped
5 fresh jalapeños, sliced (leave seeds and veins for hotter flavor)
1 can whole tomatoes
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro (alter to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 lime, squeezed
1. In a food processor, mince chopped onion and sliced jalapenos. Scoop into a large bowl.
2. Process tomatoes in the food processor until they reach a chunky liquid consistency. Pour into bowl with the onions and jalapeños.
3. Add cilantro, garlic, lime juice and salt to the mixture and stir until well combined.
I live in Maryland... no where near Texas (or Mexico, for that matter) but all our Mexican restaurants around here serve salsa that tastes just like this. This is a keeper in my book. Countrymouse is sold too. This recipe is easy to prepare, quick and budget-friendly. Perfect for the Mouse House.