I recently had one of those proud mother moments while observing my son Andrew interacting with a little child. She was crying broken-heartedly after being called out by her mother and told to sit down.
My son leaned over and patted little Grace on the shoulder, talking softly to her. She looked up and smiled at him with teardrops still glistening on her lashes.
I was told later by my son that Grace had been trying to round up a rowdy little brother and help her mom who was in charge of the children’s church that evening, but SHE was the one who got in trouble while trying to be helpful.
Andrew noticed her actions and gave affirmation that HE knew what she was trying to do even though her busy distracted mommy hadn’t seen the situation fully. I immediately thought of the verse, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” How beautiful that must be, and how beautiful it was to see my fine young man respond so tenderly to a broken hearted child.
Today’s recipe is one of Andrew’s favorites. I call it Pantry Salsa because it is easily assembled mostly from canned pantry staples I always have on hand. It begins with canned stewed tomatoes, jalapeños-the ones preserved in the jar, some fresh onion, spices, & lime juice.
I know you are thinking fresh lime juice is NOT a pantry item, but you can freeze whole limes in zip-lock making them available to you every time a salsa craving hits. You actually get more juice from a frozen lime as the cells that hold the juice break down when it’s thawed.
All the ingredients are placed in the food processor and chopped up to the consistency you like. My family favors a rather smooth texture. If you like it chunky, just process it less.
The flavors in this salsa develop the longer it sits, so it is a great make ahead dish. I serve it in little 5oz. glass bowls so everyone has their own individual serving.
2 (16-oz.) cans stewed tomatoes
2-3 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 med. onion, roughly chopped
2-3 T. lime juice
4-5 slices jalapeno’s (the jarred kind found the ethnic section of the grocery store)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder, to taste
1-1/2 tsp. salt, to taste
1-1/2 tsp. sugar
Place tomatoes, jalapenos, and onion in a food processor. Pulse to get the consistency you like. Pour into a bowl and add sugar, salt, and garlic powder to taste. Add lime juice and vinegar. The flavors will become more developed if made in advance to serving.