While we do talk a lot about preservation around here, especially this time of year, we do try to eat fresh out of our garden whenever possible. One of the main reason we like “growing our own” is because of the nutritional and flavor superiority over store bought foods.
Having a repertoire of quick and easy recipes to use up fresh foods is absolutely key. Heck, you don’t even really “need” recipes, just a basic understanding of how a particular thing might come together. A perfect example of this is fresh salsa, a regular favorite around here.
In the case of salsas, specific quantities of any given ingredient hardly matter. It’s really just a matter of combining any kinds of tomatoes, onions and peppers together. Common additions that will really make a salsa sing include a squeeze of lemon or lime, cilantro, parsley, salt and even fruit. Just combine in quantities that look “salsa-like” and you’ll have made great salsa! If you really want to bring the heat, add in pepper flakes or pepper powders to your preferred heat level.
We try to hit fresh eating as hard as we can over the summer. I’m sure a lot of you fellow northerners can commiserate over the dismal produce quality we sometimes get over the winter. As they say, “make hay while the sun shines”…but, in our case, it’s make salsa!