Ok. I'm insanely jealous. Pretty close to seething, actually.
Everybody but me is proudly showing off their bushels and bushels of tomatoes, peppers and other nummy garden bounty and all I have to show for it is a hand full of the toughest string beans known to humankind and a few patty pan squash that I have no idea how to cook.
Well, I have been picking a few green and hot peppers from the garden and a friend has been gifting me with some of her prolific peppers. So I'm pretty good in the pepper department.
So, what does one do with green peppers when there are no tomatoes to make salsa with? Well, I do the Almost-Home-Made thing. I went and bought a jar of plain "Thick and Chunky" salsa at the grocery store and doctored it up a bit:
First of all, the store bought jar was neither thick nor chunky. False advertising if you asked me. But what does one really expect from a store-brand jar of salsa anyhow?
I dumped the jar of "salsa" into a large bowl. Then added half a can of corn (left over from dinner the previous evening), an entire can of black beans (rinsed first), chopped up some onions and the homegrown green peppers, added some fresh ground pepper and a teaspoon of cilantro.
Yup. Doing what I can with what I got, simple - and yummy - as that.
Maybe next year I'll be able to really make my own homemade salsa. Corn, peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, black beans, cilantro. I think I can handle that. You know. Next year. When the word "drought" is just a bad memory.
Oh, and the salsa pictured above is already gone. There are a few crumbs left in the chip bag.
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