Chunky Homemade Salsa
When I was a freshman in college, I had this terrible Sociology class. No one understood our professor’s thick accent. Most of the students in the class were seniors and needed one last general education credit. They all believed that Sociology would be a breeze; however, with this professor, it was the complete opposite. This professor had us write several papers including a twenty-page research paper on 9/11 as well as Hurricane Katrina. Talk about a struggle.
One benefit from this class was that I met Glendy. She always loves to tell the story of how we met. Our Sociology class began at 8 AM and I would arrive to class with a cup of tea from the cafeteria. On this particular day, only a few classes into the semester, I sat down next to Glendy. The class began and I was a little tired. I dozed off, knocked my tea into my lap, and proceeded to try not to scream in pain while Glendy went to get me some napkins. Because of this clumsy event, Glendy and I became fast friends. Did I mention that she’s forty and doesn’t look a day over 32? She’s hip as hang and welcomed me into her family with open arms.
During my freshman year of college, Glendy proceeded to invite me (and Dee) into her home where we were greeted by her two young daughters who wanted to show us their Silly Bandz and Bratz Dolls. Glendy would cook us dinner and keep us entertained with her stories of growing up in Germany and New Mexico. She’s an incredible woman and I don’t think I would’ve gotten through college without her love, support, and home cooking. She makes a dish called Potato Pasta. It’s a total carbohydrate fest, but boy is it delicious.
Not only does Glendy make a mean Potato Pasta but also she makes a fantastic salsa. It may be the best salsa that I’ve ever had in my entire life. Guys, I’m a salsa snob. This salsa goes above and beyond my expectations.
This week, I had the privilege of taking care of Glendy’s pets while she went on a little vacation with her family. Because I am staying at her house, I thought it was fitting that I recreate her fabulous salsa. I think the thing that makes Glendy’s salsa really stand out from the rest is that she adds cucumbers to the spicy dip. The coolness of the cucumber counteracts the heat from the jalapeño creating a complex blend of flavors that makes you go back for more.
- 2 cans stewed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup green onions (chopped)
- 1/2 cup English cucumber (peeled and chopped)
- 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
- 1 jalapeño (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Add garlic and jalapeño to food processor and pulse for ten seconds or until garlic is minced.
- Slowly pour stewed tomatoes, green onions, bell pepper, cucumber, and salt into food processor. Pulse for another twenty seconds.
- Pour salsa in airlock container and refrigerate until ready to eat.