This week I started a new batch of cabbage fermenting, made roasted tomato sauce and cooked up some pinto beans without any particular dish or meal in mind for any of these projects. I used bits and pieces of all three in today’s tostadas. A few days ago I started a new batch of red … More Tostadas

Oven Roasted Salsa

I tend to prefer fresh salsas made with finely chopped raw ingredients. Last night, for a change, I made a blended salsa using roasted ingredients. Poblano, jalapeño and Serrano chiles, tomatillos, onion, garlic and tomatoes were coated with olive oil, sprinkled with kosher salt and roasted in a 425ºF oven with fan. It didn’t take … More Oven Roasted Salsa


A Mexican restaurant we used to frequent would bring three different salsas in carafes to the table along with the complimentary chips. All three were excellent salsas, but our favorite was the salsa verde which obviously had avocado as an ingredient. Despite being tempered with avocado it was the most picante of the three. Since … More Salsa/Guac


I usually start to lose interest in the garden this time of year. Some crops have completed their lifecycle and have been harvested, and others have worn out their welcome and have become a bore. Yellow squash has run its course, and I quit harvesting beans weeks ago, letting them grow long and gnarly.   … More Peppers…