Thursday, February 24, 2011

a recipe and a rant

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.


  1. Here from the bloghop.
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  2. Yummy! I'm in Texas and love salsa as of course Tex-Mex food.

    visiting from SITS

  3. looks yummy! i love easy cooking! thanks for sharing!

    Bernadette - new GFC follower!

  4. Oh that looks so good! Thanks for finding me today, I'm here to follow you too. Cute blog and I love a good recipe!

  5. I am very, VERY particular about my salsa. I am, in a word, an addict. I make mine from scratch and it's guaranteed to put hair on your chest. To me, good salsa is like lava. Burn baby, burn...all the way down...and all the way out :-)

    Your picture looks delish. The colors are great and the texture looks sturdy. I'd be lying though if I didn't tell you that I'm saddened that there are no habañeros. One of those babies and I guarantee you won't forget me.

    Cheers, City Mouse. To your photo and your salsa. Or as we say in Spain, Salud!

  6. As you prepare your meal from 'just out of the shopping bag ingredients', to final presentation, just take a simple photo {basic digital photos to pc..and then to blog post??} of the meal in it's various stages. if I can do it-I will offer a link to my beef stew recipe which keeps my entire family alive at a very modest cost. And the leftovers ALWAYS taste better. I strongly believe there should be FEWER political blogs, and MANY MORE cooking/music/art blogs.

    Cheers. You have a very positive blog in an area that needs it!

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  8. I use the Pioneer Woman's salsa recipe, which is pretty similar to this, only with a little added cumin. I recommend adding cumin to any salsa really. I found that by doing that even to jarred salsa can make it taste more like the stuff you eat at a restaurant!

  9. That looks delicious!
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  10. That looks so yummy. Gonna try the recipe this weekend.

  11. I could seriously eat that whole bowl. Love the bowl it's in, too. I'm a new follower from A Mom Having Fun.

  12. One of my sons ADORES Salsa! Thanks for the recipe! I had a hard time with food pictures, too. Still working on it, though. I have a very, ahem, special recipe coming on Monday - LOL!

  13. That bowl is beautiful and so perfect on that brick looking countertop! I can't wait to try this recipe and between the bowl and the beautiful-looking salsa, your pix rocks!! I'm hungry and visiting from SITS.

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  15. This just made my mouth water haha It looks so yummy!!

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  16. That looks really yummy. :p

    I found you through Freaky Friday Follow and I'm your newest follower. :-)

    Have a nice weekend.

  17. Stopping by from the blog hop. I am a new follower. Would love for you to return the favor. :)

  18. The salsa looks yummy!! I’m a new follower from “Follow Friday 40 and Older”, your site is amazing and I’ll definitely be checking back often!! I would love it if you would follow me back!!

  19. Food blogs are awesome and homemade salsa is the best!!

  20. I found you on the Linda's Lunacy Sunny Saturday I am your newest GFC follower. If you could check out my blog and follow me back I would appreciate it. Thanks Amber

  21. Yummy! Thanks for sharing. Salsa is one of my all-time favorite foods!!! And I'm like you. . . it's hard to get a good food photo!

  22. We will still let you love Mexican and Texan food even though you are far away. Lol :) This recipe looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!


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