Emma has been begging to make some homemade salsa. Delicious, local tomatoes are still a few weeks away, but her enthusiasm was so great that I opted for some quality, canned tomatoes, and together we made a great sauce. Honestly, I use canned tomatoes all year long. A good brand is superior to grocery store tomatoes that are a far cry from anything resembling a real tomato, in my opinion.
We gathered the necessary ingredients and started cooking. Emma, 10, peeled the garlic and onion while I dealt with the one, lonely jalepeno that we agreed to use. Actually, we ended up only using half of it, as it offered a pretty good kick. Emma placed all the pieces into a cast iron pan and put them into the oven to roast for a few minutes. Molly, 8, came in just in time to open the can, something she finds truly entertaining. Once the oven items were blistered, about 15 minutes later, we put everything into the blender and my little noise-maker, Clay, came in just in time to man the buttons of the blender. As you may remember, Clay, 6, loves anything loud. Emma decided to blend half of the tomatoes, adding the second half later, to maintain some chunky texture.
We seasoned the salsa with a little salt and lime juice and started dipping away at it with tortilla chips. We served the rest of it for dinner with fish tacos, and everyone was very happy, especially Emma, as her concoction was truly delicious.
So, if your little ones want a quick kitchen project without much mess, try some homemade salsa, even if fresh tomatoes are not ready. Kids will revel in pride when they serve this tasty recipe.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Margery Reed Poitras has 10 years of experience as a professional chef and nine years experience as a mother. Read her blog at www.mouthstofeed.com.