Thank you very much for everyone who entered my salsa recipe contest.
All of the recipes look great, and I have tried several of them already.
A couple of notes (in no particular order):
- Use gloves when chopping hot peppers, the oils stay on your hands for a long time. Longer than you think, and after you wash your hands SEVERAL times. A friendly tip from me to you.
- All recipes involving avocados will be tried eventually, I LOVE avocados.
- I think Hanna's tomatilo recipe is going to have to grow on me, I didn't love it the first time, but it was really fun to try, and I think I just haven't had enough exposure to tomatillos. I should maybe try Edina's recipe with tomatillos AND avocados next time instead.
- Thanks to Hanna for posting about the contest on your contest blog.
- Katerina, your salsa soup totally counted and sounds really good. I am going to make it soon.
- Holly, I loved your tip to char the veggies before chopping.
- Jess turned me on to this chopper. It looks like a great way to make veggies into cubes. And she has a really cute recipe blog besides her knitting blog. Check it out.
- Timaie turned me on to this cool hand crank chopper thing.
- Eileen, thank you for trying to teach me to dance too. I am afraid that is probably a hopeless cause.
So the recipes - I absolutely loved the fruity ones. I never make fruity salsa - it has opened a whole new world for things I can add hot peppers to! Sorry Cape Cod Kitty, I hate Mangos more than peppers. My coworker loved it though! And I will try your recipe with plums later. My two finalists ended up both being fruity. One was from Stacey. She emailed it to me, and it ROCKS - here it is:
Apple Black Bean Salsa
Makes about 3 cups
1 cup diced plum tomatoes
1 cup diced unpeeled apple
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
Salt to taste
I'm sorry Stacey, but your awesome apple salsa - that I definitely recommend everyone try - wins honorable mention.
THE WINNER PICKED BY ME IS:
Theresa's Peach Salsa:
Jersey Summer Peach Salsa
2 peaches in ¼ inch dice
¼ c. red bell pepper, ¼ inch dice
¼ c. minced cilantro
1 Tbs. sugar
½ a lime’s worth of juice
dash of red pepper
dash of cumin
2 Tbs. hot sauce
Combine all ingredients and chill.
YUMM Theresa! I totally agree, unconventional and amazingly good. I substituted finely chopped red onion for the bell pepper though. I am sure some of you knew I would. So Theresa, I owe you some swag. I will email you later.
THE RANDOM DRAWING WINNER IS:
I counted 23 entries, more that were emailed to me. Jody was disqualified for being a bell-pepper-supporting-meanie (plus I have already made her about one million box bags...and a quilt). I took Theresa out since she already won. Coleen, I did enter you in the contest, since technically could get salsa the way you described, and it was quite funny. My scientific method for picking the random winner: (1) I wrote all of your names on tiny pieces of paper and folded them (2) I put them in my new hat (3) I asked my friend Sarah to choose one so I couldn't be accused of cheating:
Holly you won. Thank Sarah.
SPECIAL BONUS PRIZE:
Special thanks to Amy. She reminded me that I wanted to have this contest a couple of weeks ago. AMY YOU WIN A PRIZE TOO. Cause its my blog, and I can do what I want to. (Amy's recipe was for canning salsa - SO COOL, maybe I can find the time somehow??) By the way Amy, it was very nice to meet you at MD Sheep and Wool this year. And I am not usually socially slow. I blame it on lack of sleep.
Thanks to everyone for participating in my Salsa Recipe Contest. I urge you to go back to the original post and try some of the awesome recipes in the contest. AND, if you didn't win...Stay tuned. I am thinking of having a SOUP Recipe contest later this winter.