“God is too busy loving you to have any time left over to be disappointed.”  Gregory Boyle

You’ll notice that some quotes lately come from the same source, Gregory Boyle.  That’s because I’m re-reading one of his amazing books, Barking to the Choir.  The second amazing thing is that I’m re-reading it, something I almost never do with books.  If you’re not familiar with Boyle and his books (the other is Tattoos on the Heart) do yourself a favor.

And then I was out of salsa. And the weather outside was frightful and I wanted/needed salsa.  I did have a can of diced tomatoes.  How difficult could it be?!


1 can diced tomatoes

1 to 2 t dehydrated red onions

1 clove garlic

1 T cilantro

6 slices pickled jalapeños

some bell peppers, frozen strips

bit of salt

lime juice, if you happen to have a lime


I guess it’s best to start with baring my soul.  The recipe above is not written in stone.  It was written in the script of what I had on hand and thought might work.

So here are the distructions.  Combine what you have on hand that you think might be good in salsa.  I used my Ninja which does a great job of chopping and mixing things up.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The resulting salsa was some of the best I’d ever tasted.  I’m quite sure I’ll never use store-bought salsa again.  I have a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes that are going to be used in some salsa today.

F R salsa

I did it!  Large can of tomatoes made two pints.

How about pineapple or mango in a salsa?  Why not make a basic batch and add fruits for special occasions, like Wednesday?

A word of advice – When using dehydrated products, like onions, allow the salsa to sit for a few hours or a day or something.  This will give the ingredients a chance to get to know each other.  When that happens, just like with people, everything mellows out.  Mellow is a good place to be.

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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