Fresh Tomato Salsa
If you like a mild salsa, use banana peppers. For a hot version, opt for one of the other pepper choices.
Prep: 20 minutesChill: 1 hour
1 to 2 fresh jalapeño, serrano, fresno or banana peppers*
1 1/2 cups finely chopped tomatoes (3 medium)
1 fresh Anaheim pepper, chopped, or one 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, drained*
1/4 cup chopped green sweet pepper
1/4 cup sliced green onions
3 to 4 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro or parsley
2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Nutrition Facts per 1/4-cup serving: 14 cal., 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 32 mg sodium, 3 g carb., 1 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.
With its minty fresh taste and Cuban pedigree, a Mojito (moh HEE tohs) is the cocktail of the moment. Even the name sounds fun.
Start to Finish: 5 minutes
8 fresh mint leaves,snipped
3 tablespoons light rum
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Fresh mint sprig
Sugar cane stick (optional)
Start to Finish: 25 minutes
4 medium very ripe avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup chopped ripe mango
1/2 cup chopped tomato (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped peeled jicama
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
1 canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped*
1 small fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Nutrition Facts per 1/4-cup serving: 66 cal., 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 96 mg sodium, 5 g carb., 3 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.
When decorating for your party you may want to use this beautiful herb tray as a centerpiece, or if you have separate tables, split each plant to have one at each table. These herb plants arrive in an eco-friendly container that is both attractive and green making them a wonderful addition to any room, though most useful if situated in the kitchen.
These herbs will thrive in your garden where they will return year after year. Cilantro should be planted where it will get some sun, but should be shaded during the hottest part of the day, as its ideal growing conditions are cool, but sunny. Chives make attractive border plants, as they provide dainty light purple blooms, and demand little care, though they do not do well when they are overcrowded. Mint is very easy to grow and can be a rather sprawling plant. It is at its best in good, rich soil.
*Note: Because hot chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with chiles. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.