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Tag: Tomatoes

Shrimp Pasta

Shrimp Pasta

This Shrimp Pasta recipe definitely falls in the comfort food category. It reminds me of summer but is just as good in the winter. Surely a plate of this pasta would brighten a gloomy winter day. (more…)

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

I remember the first time my wife tried Pico de Gallo years ago. We had returned home to San Antonio for a Christmas visit. I was anxious to hit all my little “hole in the wall” Mexican restaurants. These spots have some of the best Tex-Mex you will ever lay your lips on. Anyway, we were staying with my mom and I had left to do some last minute shopping. Before returning home I needed to stop and pick something up for dinner. I stopped at a popular Tex-Mex chain which I think happens to have the best beef fajitas on the planet. While waiting on my order I decided to hit the salsa bar and stock up on the rather large variety of condiments to take back home with me. (more…)

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

I’ve always wondered why anyone would want to eat a green tomato. They’re almost as hard as a rock and they don’t taste good. I would think that fried green tomatoes wouldn’t taste any better than fried shoe soles. However, there is something magical about frying food. (more…)

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Restaurant Style Salsa

I have boiled, roasted and grilled more tomatoes, peppers and garlic than I can count trying to find that perfect salsa I get at my favorite Mexican restaurant. While I came up with some pretty good salsa’s, this is the one I love. The color and consistency tipped me off as to where I was going astray. And while I had to move away from the fresh tomato’s it was worth it.

If you want to use fresh tomatoes you can. Just put them in boiling water for a couple minutes and then transfer to an ice bath and the skin will come off easily. Let the tomatoes cool before processing. (more…)

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