Monday, May 1, 2006

Cinco de Mayo!

This is one of my favorite holidays. Why would that be? Two reasons. First of all, it commemorates the kicking of French tushie by a bunch of noble Mexicans. "Le hey, fellahs! I've got a great idea! Let's invade those stupid Americans while they're off having their petty little civil war! We'll just sneak up through Mexico! Oui oui!" Yeah, nice try France. Too bad for you Mexico's got our back. Second, I celebrate by eating a lot of chips and salsa. And really, that's the point of this whole posting.

I love making salsa fresca (aka fresh salsa). But you've got to make it a couple of days early if you want it to be really good. You really need to give it that kind of time for the flavors to get to know each other. So I made mine tonight. Here's how it went.

6 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced. 1 red bell pepper, 1 anaheim chile, 1 pasilla chile, 4 jalapenos, all seeded and diced. 1/4 red onion, diced. 1 habanero chile, seeded and minced as finely as possible. 2 scallions, chopped. A tablespoon or two of cilantro, chopped. The juice of 2 limes. 1 tablespoon oil. A pinch of salt and a couple of grinds of pepper. Mix well and refrigerate for a couple of days, stirring once or twice a day. Serve with blue corn chips, if you can find 'em.

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