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Monday, August 10, 2009

CAFE SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - My Sister Donna's Special Salsa

I just returned from a mini-reunion of sorts. Some California relatives ventured to Oklahoma (and my dad's house) so on Saturday, some of the local kinfolk joined us. My sisters were there and one of my boys and two grandsons. All in all, a very fun day. Everyone helped out with either the cooking or making some of our favorite dishes. My sister, Donna, made her famous salsa. I'd forgotten just how good it was, and thought it would be a tasty recipe to have here at the Cafe today. The only other thing you need is a bag of tortilla chips and the desire to sit around the table with family and friends.


1 large can diced tomatoes, with liquid

2 small cans diced green chiles

1 can “El Pato” – bright yellow can (This is the secret sauce)

1 bunch chopped green onion

1 fistful chopped cilantro

1 – 3 tsp. black pepper, depending how spicy you like your salsa

1 clove garlic, crushed

Pinch of oregano

Mix all together. Chill and serve.

Makes about 3 pints.

During the summer when you can get "good" homegrown tomatoes at produce stands and farmers' markets, you can use those instead of the canned ones for an even fresher taste. A hint from Donna. When testing to see if you have enough spice, use a tortilla chip for tasting. The salt from the chip will give the salsa a balanced taste. This has been a family favorite for a long time, and here at the cafe, we're all family. Grab a bag of tortilla chips and join the fun.


Erica Vetsch said...


My son, who doesn't like tomatoes or onions or chilis...for some unknown reason, adores salsa!

carla stewart said...

LOL, Erica. My youngest son doesn't like tomatoes either, but he can put away salsa like there's no tomorrow.