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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Chris's Salsa

Chris sent me this recipe the other day - and it is really good - and cheap! I am attempting to freeze the extra since I have all those extra jars from jam making - hopefully it freezes well and I will have salsa for weeks ...

1 medium size can tomatoes

1 bunch cilantro

3-4 cloves garlic

1 jalapeno ( or more )

1/4 - 1/2 yellow onion (I'll have to ask him why yellow and not white)

1/2 - 1 small lime (I cheated and used lemon, but it was ok)

Salt - not very much, a pinch

Black pepper - a few healthy shakes ( I used a spicy pepper blend about .5 tsp)

Cumin - about 1 tsp or more

Chris said he has been known to add a bit of red wine vinegar, but usually doesn't - so I guess it's optional

Just add it all to a blender at once and blend to the consistency you like ...

The only change I would make is maybe not to add all the juice from the tomatoes (maybe these were just really watery tomatoes though), but I agree with Chris - one jalapeno isn't hot enough ...

And I should've bought some chips to go with it ...

Roast Beef

This is my newest favorite way to cook roast beef - I never have to worry about overcooking it any more.

1 beef roast - about 3 -4 pounds (rump or eye round)




Preheat oven to 500F - it must be hot! - So let it preheat really well. Also make sure the roast is at room temperature. Place roast fat side up in a pan not too large ( so the drippings won't burn too much and smoke up your kitchen - but it make smoke a bit anyway ). Season with the salt, pepper, and thyme ( I know I overuse thyme - you could use something different I suppose). Cook for 5 minutes/pound for medium rare - maybe 6 minutes for a fat rump roast as it is denser. At the end of the cooking time - this is important!! - do not open the oven door - just shut it off and leave the roast in the unopened oven for 2 hours - and you are done!

The only drawback to this method is there are no pan roasted potatoes - but you could do these separately - and ofcourse you can still have red cabbage!

Note to Self: You need to remember to take pictures of stuff before you eat it all and stop stealing equivalent pictures!