November 13, 2013

Salsa Verde with Green Tomatoes

Growing up in a large family, NOTHING went to waste. Foil margarine wrappers were scraped of that one last blade-full of hydrogenated fat (back when margarine was considered the healthy alternative); the extra inch of grease on the spaghetti sauce, compliments of the decidedly NOT LEAN ground beef, wasn't drained off -- but, left intact for our consumption, and hopefully, our digestion…along with the last dregs of ketchup from the ketchup bottle (watered down for easier extraction) to enhance the sauce's tomato-ey goodness.

The  p o t a g e r  was blessed with an uncharacteristic bounty of tomatoes this growing season. Because of this minor miracle... and my childhood conditioning to waste not, want not … I wasn't about to relegate the unripe green orbs to
the compost pile.
Fortunately, my friend KBall had the bright idea to make a green tomato salsa with the pale green beauties, and I heartily and hungrily agreed.

Basically, I just used the classic ingredients of a salsa verde, MINUS the tomatillos and PLUS the green tomatoes. I added it all in quantities according to my taste, and served it over slices of chili-rubbed pork
tenderloin…with corn tortillas to scoop up the extra juices.

I coarsely chopped them all in my food processor, then drained the finished product a bit to keep it from being too watery. Here's what I used in my

  Green Tomato Salsa Verde

Green tomatoes (both cherry and plum)
Jalapeno and Serrano peppers
Bunch of green onions
Lime zest and lime juice
Salt and Pepper

Cayenne Pepper
Olive Oil

  Give it a go, why don't you?

November 11, 2013

Desire and Destiny, via Oprah&Deepak

On a recent trip to Salida, CO…where Husband's and my six acres of potential.. and future dreams reside,

I climbed the spiral trail to the top of 'S' mountain (okay, mountain-ette) and was rewarded with this beatnik piece of art, 
drawn with its prosaic message on the wall of the small white structure at the top.

Messages like this seem to be in abundance in my cosmos lately. This one, compliments of Southwest
Airlines, was inscribed in the bottom of the TSA bin on the trip home after my father's funeral. The trip of life and its weird contents, being, as Walgreen's would put it, at the intersection of desire and destiny.

These crumbs of karma, scattered at my own crossroads of longing and fate…in the bittersweet season of autumn…

have not surprisingly, put me in a reflective, life-assessing, mood. 

Enter L'il Sis, with her recommendation to participate in an online meditation program offered by Oprah&Deepak: 

 DESIRE AND DESTINY a twenty-one day transformative meditation experience. 

(sign up here if you want to join me. Don't wait; it starts today)

I don't buy into its hyperbolic promises, but I DO think 'tis the season and the appropriate life juncture to breathe and think deeply about the trajectory of life from here on out. (Having
another birthday on the near horizon is a pretty good motivator as well).

So here goes….

Join me?