Feisty Fiesta Friday!

Fiesta Friday is my favorite celebration, so even though the end of the week managed to sneak up on me, I still wanted to join in!  All week long I’ve been enjoying an amazing (yet spicy salsa recipe) that Sarah (@gfdf_wdw) introduced to me.  She also blogs about gluten and dairy free adventures in Walt Disney World- one of my favorite places!

The salsa recipe is actually from Rick Bayless, Season 7: Mexico City Live! Entitled “Fire-Roasted Tomato Salsa” this recipe is just that.  Beyond being simple, my favorite touch is the roasting of the jalapeños and garlic prior to mixing. I also love the balance of the jalapeños and onions with the lime and cilantro.

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(Modified) Rick Bayless’ Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa

However, this salsa is HOT, which can be a problem in my household of sensitive stomachs.  Throughout the week I’ve been modifying the recipe by using only one jalapeño and increasing the quantities of everything else (lime juice, cilantro, and garlic).  I haven’t tried changing the amount of tomatoes quite yet.

On Friday, I decided that I want to make another batch of salsa.  I roasted the jalapeños and garlic on the stove top.  I pulled out the stem of the jalapeño, peeled the garlic, and placed it in the food processor.  Then, all of a sudden it dawned on me, I didn’t have any cilantro! For some reason, I thought cooked onions, chives, and extra lime juice would be good selections. The Truth: that was all I had in my refrigerator.  Fortunately, for me the salsa turned out to be delicious (but I also have a serious chive addiction).

So while the original recipe might be too spicy for my household, Rick Bayless’ Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa is the perfect base recipe for me.  I’ll certainly keep going back to it even after I’ve developed my own simple salsa recipe. 🙂

Lastly, while those of you who live in the Boston area know we had a rainy Friday (cue the swollen joints), I did get to see a little bit of beauty earlier this week in the one and only garden state, NJ.

I spy with my little eyes… swans!
I spy with my little eyes… swans!
There they are!
There they are!
And a Gazebo too!
And a Gazebo too!

As always, Happy Cooking and Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

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“This Is How I Roll”- Celiac Awareness Style

17 thoughts on “Feisty Fiesta Friday!

  1. Salsa? You’re speaking my language. 🙂 I love cilantro but chives sound like a great addition too. I usually just get my salsa from my local Mexican restaurant (the sell by the pint) but I’ve been thinking about trying Pioneer Woman’s salsa recipe for a while. Rick’s sounds good too. Thanks for sharing the link. 🙂

    1. Thanks! The part I liked while experimenting with Rick’s recipe is the simplicity of it. However, I do have another recipe that I only make when the vegetables are at their peak because I chop them all by hand. It’s more of a pico de gallo. I like the touch of cumin in the Pioneer Woman’ salsa recipe; I’ll have to try it soon! Happy World Lupus Day! 🙂

      1. Let us know if you try the Pioneer Woman recipe. I totally trust your judgment on whether it’s a hit or not. 🙂 I think I would like it because I love all the ingredients and I like my salsa super blended. Thanks for the Happy World Lupus Day too. I’m doing a horrible job on my blog of acknowledging awareness this month. I need to get it together.

    2. I tried the Pioneer Woman recipe! I added a little bit of extra lime and cilantro, and it can certainly be made super blended. It honestly has many of the same flavors as Rick’s. I think they both have a solid taste and you can make small adjustments at the end to meet your needs. My mom liked the Pioneer Woman recipe better though. 🙂

      I love the fresh taste of homemade salsa, especially because I don’t know of a nearby restaurant that sells it by the pint. Also, you can see my first go at the Pioneer Woman’s salsa here: https://twitter.com/GFLife247/status/467766363466256384/photo/1

      1. Oh my goodness, Kaila I want to lick the screen. 😉 Thanks for the review. I’m definitely going to try this soon. As soon as we finish the pint I just bought.

  2. I love spicy foods, though I have a sensitive stomach. I seem to have a problem with eating spicy foods for consecutive of days. I also love salsa! And this sounds really good! 🙂

    Thank you for bringing this to FF15. I think we need additional tortilla chips for this! 😀 Hope you have a lovely FF15 and happy weekend! 🙂

    PS: Those are some beautiful views! ❤

    1. Ah, yes! I finally lost the title of most sensitive in our household, which is why I can enjoy salsa again. (Thank goodness for my celiac diagnosis). However, I tend to eat quickly, so I don’t realize the ramifications until it’s too late! I’ll be sure to bring extra chips. Maybe some white and blue corn chips to add an extra splash of color. 🙂

    1. Thanks! He’s so useful! I’ve been browsing other recipes to try out too. Also, I loved your presentation for FF. And, it was such a creative way to combine yeast and herbs. 🙂

  3. Hi Kaila! I am co-hosting Angie’s FF15 with the lovely Jhuls this week and wanted to stop by to say hello and welcome! Your salsa with the chives sounds like a fortuitous discovery and we will definitely need more tortilla chips as this lot are a ravenous bunch!! I seem to have a cast iron stomach but can sympathise with your sensitive one! And what gorgeous blossom – looks like an idyllic place to visit with the lake and the swans too!! Thanks for bringing the salsa to the party – I hope you get a chance to look at what the others have brought and hopefully make some new “friends” too! Enjoy the Fiesta!

    1. Thanks for co-hosting! I absolutely love FF. My stomach is becoming stronger, so I might be indulging in some more spicy foods soon. I don’t think I will ever meet the “cast iron stomach” standard. The park is prettiest on the weekend when everyone is out walking their dogs as well. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day! 🙂

    1. Thanks Simi! While I can’t read Italian, your pictures are beautiful. I just might be using Google Translate in the foreseeable future to learn more about your recipes too. 🙂

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