Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Get Your Salsa On!

More on Tulsa's Local Foods Week Festivities! If you're a local, you won't want to miss Friday evening's SalsaFest! Jason Ashley Wright of The Tulsa World interviewed me for an article that appeared in this morning's paper that included two of my favorite salsa recipes. You can read the full feature article here.

photo courtsey of The Healthy Cooking Coach

Although this keeps for several days in your won't last that long : - )

1 1/2 cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and diced
1/3 cup sweet onion, minced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients, then cover and refrigerate. Allow the flavors to acquaint themselves for about 1 hour before serving.

Most of these ingredients can easily be grown in pots on your patio!

24 golden, cherry or pear patio tomatoes
2 small heirloom tomatoes
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
3 limes, juiced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
3 spring onions, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

Blend all ingredients, then cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving.

SalsaFest will be held in the heart of Tulsa's fashionable & historic downtown:

Festivities include salsa music, salsa dancing lessons, salsa tasting and a salsa-making contest figure into this outdoor festival from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Chapman Centennial Green, Sixth and Main streets.

The festival, which focuses on bringing families downtown and increasing awareness of local foods, also features children’s activities, local art booths and a chili pepper-eating contest to see who can handle the heat.

Salsa contestants are asked to use at least one local ingredient in their salsa. Tulsa World restaurant reviewer Scott Cherry will judge the salsa.

Those attending have the option to buy a tasting kit, which includes one bag of chips, a tasting plate and a ballot. After tasting the salsas, tasters will submit a ballot. When all ballots are submitted, then counted, the Tasters Choice salsa trophy and The Celebrities Choice Award will be given.

All proceeds from the event benefit Sustainable Tulsa, a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible economic growth, environmental stewardship and quality of life for all.

What: Festival featuring salsa-making contest, salsa dance lessons and other activities.

When: 4-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Chapman Centennial Green, Sixth and Main streets

Admission is free, and bags of chips for tasting salsa are $5. Beer and non-alchoholic beverages will be sold, and water is free.
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