Every now an then the planets align and I get in the mood for making my own salsa and have all the ingredients to make it as well.  I have been getting a bit lazy when it comes to my cooking and I am in my “roasting phase.”  Pretty much everything I cook goes into the oven… easy to do and easy to clean-up (especially since I’m not the one doing the dishes).

So what do you need?  Please keep in mind that I eye-ball every time I cook, so there are no amounts and measurements and I encourage eye-balling everything yourself as well!

tomatoes (of course)

onion

garlic

spicy peppers of some sort (this time I had Thai chilies)

fresh cilantro

lemon or lime

oil of course

and then all your usual seasonings, like salt, pepper, & dried oregano

 

 

First thing (after you clean all your veggies) cut your tomatoes and onion into quarter pieces.  Lay them out on your baking sheet along with your garlic, onion, and peppers.  Drizzle with oil, in this case I used avocado oil and olive oil.  Then sprinkle with salt, pepper and dried oregano.  Now- lets talk about these chili peppers for a bit.  I have never used Thai chilies for salsa before (but spicy is spicy right?!) so I wasn’t sure how many to use.  So what did I do?  I roasted all of them.  You don’t have to add them all to your salsa, you can taste as you blend.

 

 

Pop it into the 350 degree oven (uncovered) until it looks like this:

 

 

Then put all the roasted ingredients in a bowl and add a little more oil, olive or avocado, you choose… maybe you want to mix it up this time and add garlic oil….. ooooooooh… aaaaaaaaaah….

 

 

Then with a handy hand-blender (love this tool!) just blend the ingredients until it reaches the texture you desire.  Make sure you pulverize out all the bits of chili, you don’t wanna get a mouth full of that.  Hot!  If you don’t have a hand-lender don’t worry- you can use a food processor.  If you don’t have a food processor, don’t worry- you can use a blender (but it gets a bit foamy, so pulse it instead of blending it.  If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry- you can use a hand-blender.

Then squeeze in a generous amount of lime or lemon (to taste), make sure there is enough salt and the flavor is good.  I love fresh herbs so I piled it on with chopped cilantro and scallions, yum!  Serve with your favorite bowl of chips.  I just discovered these yummy quinoua tortilla chips at Trader Joe’s.  What a combo!

 

 

I hope you enjoy my lazy roasting salsa recipe!

My new year’s rule is always no resolutions… that’s just setting myself up for disappointment.  Goals are something to aspire to and make you feel really great when you reach them by the end of the year, but not completely disappointed in yourself when you haven’t. Hopefully posting these goals for the world to see will make them feel a bit more concrete (maybe I’ll feel accountable).

1. Learn to bake bread (already got a book- Tartine, a very beautiful book).

2. Learn to quilt (already got the fabric from my local fabric shop Sew Modern).

3. Begin to learn Italian (for when I move to Florence…. one of these days).

4. Get my butt into shape (already have the gym membership – now I just need to use it, Gym Box- Pow! Pow!).

5. Publish an e-book or a book book (there are some ideas in the works).

6. Get organized (not made any progress in that yet).

7. Learn how to plan things ahead, manage my time and not procrastinate (this should be no.1).

8. Eat healthier and more vegetables (working on getting a CSA box).

9. Eat out only 1-2 times a week.

10. Plan a vacation to Europe & New York.

11. Self publish between 8-10 patterns with about 5-6 garments.

12. Finish all UFOs older than 3 years.

13. Knit another blanket (maybe TDS).

 

14. Make my own pair of pajamas (already got the fabric, Anne Kuo Lukito said she would show me how- woohoo!)

 

Of course as I reach these goals throughout the year you will most definitely read about them here.  Make sure you subscribe to stay up to date.

And don’t think I forgot, I promised another give-a-way soon and I intend to keep my promises.  There will be another give-a-way sometime before the end of the month, but I’m not saying any more!

Happy New Year!!!!