Our Family Salsa

Wednesday night is absolutely my favorite night of the week. It’s the one evening that I get to cook for my niece and nephews, but more importantly it’s the one night a week that I sit down at a family dinner table. If Peter and I aren’t dining out, we’re usually eating in front of our computers. Bad, I know… but it’s the truth.

Cooking w/ the Twins! 2/3/10I’m VERY close with my sister Janet’s kids, and if I didn’t have them around, I’m certain I’d feel an emptiness in my life. Peter and our rowdy band of pups are great (totally our “kids”), but there’s nothing that makes me happier than being “Aunt Jo”.

Chace & Kindal (twins, 14) love to help me in the kitchen and big brother Cody is always the first to clean up the dishes, which makes it a terrific group effort.

There’s nothing better than the kids serenading me with guitars (or ukulele!) while I’m getting dinner ready. I taught them how to play them years ago, and of course they’re both better than me now! Cooking and playing music together is a weekly ritual that I hate to miss, and never ever take for granted.

Recently, the twins wanted to learn how to make my “Queso Fresco” salsa. It’s one that I’ve made over and over again for parties and family gatherings. I don’t remember where I first got the basic salsa recipe, but I pretty much just combined that with a classic chimichurri mix, which made it my own.

Now, it’s our family salsa recipe, and the twins made it together last night. It’s so good that my sister eats it like gazpacho soup!

Cooking w/ the Twins! 2/3/10Ingredients:
4 cups cherry tomatoes (or any small)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 Jalapeño Chiles, de-seeded (if needed) & sliced thin
2 limes, juiced
1 medium jicama, peeled and diced
4 ripe tomatillos, husked, rinsed and diced
1 small red onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 pound queso fresco cheese, chopped or crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Heat up the broiler.

Put the tomatoes (make sure they are dried) onto a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil and rub all over tomatoes, then add a bit of salt and pepper.

Broil until the tomatoes just burst, about 4 or 5 minutes.

Cooking w/ the Twins! 2/3/10Remove tomatoes from oven and let them cool.

Combine garlic, jalapeno and lime juice into a large bowl, then whisk in vinegar and olive oil.

Depending on if you like your salsa chunky or smooth, you can either place ingredients in food processor or mix into same bowl.

For the salsa we made (in photos), we blended all the broiled tomatoes, as well as half the remaining ingredients in food processor. We then blended in the remaining ingredients and the cheese at the end.

If you want the salsa chunky, then add all ingredients into bowl and mix by hand. If you like it super smooth and juicy, then blend in food processor (or blender) until you get the consistency you want.

Taste and season the salsa with salt or pepper if needed.

You can eat right away, but it will taste better if given time in fridge. Make sure to cover tightly.

Cooking w/ the Twins! 2/3/10


Many more recipe photos on Flickr!

With the twins, MyLastBite.com

Cheesy Queso Fresco Salsa on Foodista


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24 responses to “Our Family Salsa

  1. Larissa Traquair

    I love homemade salsa and this one looks great!! I love that you get to see your neice and nephew so often – they are truly blessed to have you in their lives!!!! Happy Eating!!!

  2. I love salsa, and this post is so timely it’s not funny. This weekend, so many people will be tempted to buy a jar of Pace and be done with it, but there’s nothing like eating it fresh.

    Love the photos, Jo. You are the best aunt in the world. The look of joy on your face when you’re with them is infectious.

  3. Awww, you are such a great auntie Jo!! Your niece and nephew are adorable!! Your queso fresco looks great, a perfect super bowl dip!

  4. Wauwie Jo,

    its amazing how I almost feel as if I’m there with you and your family enjoying your Wednesday night together!I totally connect to the warmth and happiness children and your relatives and how they enrich your live, to have you as an aunti must be a smashing delight!!
    I am definitely gonna try out your salsa as one of my closest friends almost faints by the idea of eating raw tomatoes (he makes weird faces when I even talk about it), but as I love everything with tomato, I am ready to do the salsa!

    • Janna, You are so sweet! Thanks for reading. If I ever feel gloomy, I just go to my sister’s house and all is well again. They just bring so much happiness into my heart. : )

  5. Such a cute pic of you and the twins when they were little! I always enjoy your family food stories. This recipe sounds great. I’ll have to make it for Sr. Robert. 🙂

  6. Jo, Wednesday is my absolute favorite day of the week too because I get to spend it with my favorite aunt !:) the salsa was amazing! I am making the salsa for my math class:) Thank for teaching me how to play guitar. It is my” secret weapon”. i love you jojo!

  7. I agree with Charles Thompson, this sounds great


  8. We are twin chefs, we wish you were teaching us to make this salsa. So yummy and we also love family dinners and gatherings. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!

  9. Queso fresco…OMG!!! I love queso fresco.

    If parmesan cheese is the king of all cheeses then Queso Fresco is the God of all cheeses.

  10. Janet

    You are the the best!! We ALL love and appreciate your amazing cooking and we feel so grateful to have you visit us on Wednesdays for “dinner and guitar (and “Modern Family”)!!
    Thank you so much for making us feel so special!
    It’s been a really neat journey having you as the aunt to all our kids…so many wonderful memories!

    We love you very much!

    Your “Sis”

  11. Your family is ridiculously good looking! 😀

  12. Love the queso fresco addition to the salsa! And yes, you are a great auntie!

  13. With some crispy homemade chips with lots of salt…I am ready to dive in!
    Love this one!

  14. You have a beautiful family. What a fresh, flavorful salsa recipe with lots of coriander that I love. I can’t get tomatillos here, how should I adjust the recipe?

  15. Love the twins, and the salsa looks so delicious, must try!!

  16. Your niece and nephews are lucky to have you as a fun loving aunt! 🙂

    Don’t ever change Jo~ Love that pic you posted at the end!

  17. Thanks for a lovely Mexican delight!! my guests were elated after having such a lip-smacking salsa!!

  18. Easy and fun! I love family dinners! Thanks for this recipe. Its perfect for me to bring to a Labor Day potluck.

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