Roast Your Fruit First for More Flavorful Salsas and Chutneys

When you think about salsa, it’s easy to jump to the classic tomato-based version. But with warmer weather (and a new selection of fresh produce) on the horizon, why not expand your options with a few brighter, bolder, sweeter flavors? Just don’t forget the chips.

Source: Tomato-Free Zone: A Template for Building 4-Ingredient Fruit Salsas

What Makes a Dip a Dip: A Guide

Figured I’d post this early in case someone needs it

According to sources, this weekend is the Super Bowl, a time-honored tradition where men bang each other’s heads together, causing years of damage that eventually leads to death (and probable financial ruin before that), as the American public watches in glee while consuming mass quantities of unhealthy foods and alcohol. But let’s not focus on those unnecessary details. Let’s talk about one of those unhealthy foods: dip.

Source: What Makes a Dip a Dip: A Guide

Related – Is double dipping a health risk?

Your Super Lazy Guide to Making Super Bowl Party Food

In a culture where party food is practically a competitive sport, it can be easy to overthink your Super Bowl snack options. Unsurprisingly, we recommend taking a lazier approach, and have culled some the tastiest, minimum-effort dips and finger foods around, so you can focus on what’s really important: football.

Source: Your Super Lazy Guide to Making Super Bowl Party Food

Don’t forget the guacamole!

Tortillas And Salsa Are Outselling Burger Buns And Ketchup In The US

In Spanish and Italian, salsa is just a generic word for “sauce”.  Like how chai means “tea”, so “chai tea” is redundant.

Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start.

These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic.

Source: Tortillas And Salsa Are Outselling Burger Buns And Ketchup In The US

Preferably the salsa is home made, because of the preservatives in stuff on the shelf.  But depending on what you make it with, it is certainly healthier than ketchup (about vitamin k, or how much it’d take to kill you).

The uptake of Hispanic food isn’t surprising when Spanish is generally considered the second language of the US, just unlike how Canada has both English and French.  But another aspect of the interest in spicy food/sauce, stuff like tabasco, sriracha…

And of course:

Peel a Tomatillo in Ten Seconds with Boiling Water

This might be a-peeling to some 😉

GREAT! Now how do I get water to boil in 10 seconds?  This works with tomatoes and potatoes, but you need to score them first.

I actually like peeling them by hand, nothing fancy. It leaves your fingers slightly sticky—a strange stickiness that adheres to the papery coating of garlic but not the clove itself. So if you sequence your cooking so prepping garlic comes right after peeling tomatillos, you’re golden.

Upgrade Homemade Salsa by Marinating It for an Hour Before Serving

Your chips, tacos, and grilled meats deserve the best. And by “best,” what we really mean is a salsa that’s chunky, saucy, scoopable, and packed with fiery, smoky, fresh flavor. You’re not going to find all that in a jarred supermarket salsa. For that kind of flavor, you’ve got to make your own at home. But first, read up on the most common mistakes people make for DIY salsa. Now pass us those tortillas.

Source: Just Say No to Jarred, Watery Salsa: 8 Common Mistakes to Avoid

You can also add a can of diced tomatoes along with the fresh ingredients to give a more blended look and flavor. Canned tomatoes have a flavor and texture that cannot be reproduced by just chopping up fresh tomatoes.

Marinating is a great way to get more flavor from sauces, soups, stews and chile. When making fresh salsa, then serving the next day, I will chop up some fresh tomatoes and onions and mix them in just before serving it, to give it a “fresh look.”

How to Make Healthy Choices at a Summer BBQ

Salad is just lettuce nachos 😉

Not sure what your healthiest options are when faced with an impressive spread at a summer barbeque?  We asked nutrition and wellness expert Rose Reisman to chime in on our best (and worst) options at backyard shindigs this summer.

Source: This or that? How to make healthy choices at a summer barbecue

I’m surprised to see a crisp suggested as a dessert.  I thought they were largely sugar, with some fruit.

Add Tang to Your Salsa with a Dash of Sherry Vinegar

I have at least five kinds of vinegar always in use at home, and one of my favorites is sherry, which is floral, not as acidic, and a bit subtler overall than other vinegars. Add a touch to rich sauces or, especially, to salsas and pico de gallo. Take any fruit like mango or pineapple, and toss it in a hot pan with onions and cilantro. Then drizzle it with olive oil and sherry vinegar and you have a perfect salsa.

Source: Hey Chef, What Else Can I Do With Vinegar?

Need a salsa recipe?  Try this one.

I admit, I didn’t know there was so much variety in vinegar.  Some of the suggestions for what to make using vinegar are rather interesting, but I think I’ll wait to try someone else’s vinegar gelato…

Can You Substitute Strawberries For Tomatoes When Cooking?

Strawberries are at their sweetest right now, going all the way through the summer. And while everybody knows how delicious they are in desserts, we’ve actually heard you can use them as a replacement for a tomato. I decided to try this out and see how well it worked.

I can’t take credit for this concept. That would go to Dave Woolley, a Denver-based culinary consultant (who, full disclosure, does work with California Strawberries). He said: try using strawberries in place of tomatoes in a veggie sandwich with goat cheese, in a Caprese-style salad, or in a salsa with seafood dishes.

Source: Tip Tester: Can You Substitute Strawberries For Tomatoes When Cooking?

No mention of spaghetti with strawberry sauce…  How about a big ol’ slab of strawberry on a BLT or burger?  You can also put them on pizza. They benefit from some balsamic reduction added post-bake. Slice like pepperoni.

An interesting idea for people who are allergic to tomatoes!  I’m not, but a co-worker is.  The article admits that this isn’t cost-effective.

Another tomato substitute is watermelon. It doesn’t have the acidity, but you can add lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or what-have-you.