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My attempt at homemade salsa

SalsaI rarely do “how to” posts because I don’t think I’m very good at them don’t have the patience for them. So this isn’t a “how to” post as much as its my sharing what I did and if you get something from it, awesome.

I’ve been wanting to attempt making homemade salsa for a long time now. I have a lot of friends who have made it, but I never tried myself.

Sunday, I decided this was going to happen. So when I was at the grocery store, I picked up the ingredients I thought I might need. (I was so prepared that I didn’t even look up any recipes online. I’m so pro here. Obviously.) I grabbed tomatoes, jalapenos, a sweet onion (Vidalia… Vidalia… Girl won’t you tell me why… Sweet Vidalia … You always gotta make me cry… Oh, sorry. Got sidetracked there. Kudos to anyone who knows what that was.), and limes. I already had garlic on hand, so I didn’t need that.

When I got home I looked up recipes online for some tips on how to make this happen. Doing things in a logical order clearly doesn’t make sense to me here, but luckily I found I had the main ingredients I might need. So without hesitation, I jumped in with both feet.

 Salsa fixin's

I ended up using three tomatoes, two garlic cloves, half the onion, the whole jalapeno, and a fist full of cilantro. I threw them all into my food processor and then squeezed the juice of the whole lime on top.

Two pieces of advice… the fun of homemade salsa is you can accent whatever flavor you wish. Want it more acidic, use more limes. I happen to loooove cilantro, so I used a LOT of cilantro. My second piece of advice is to think about how hot you want your salsa. Want it hot? Use the whole jalapeno. Want it not so hot? Take out the insides of the jalapeno (the seeds) since that’s where the heat lives, or at least use just a portion of the jalapeno.


I hit the button and let the food processor do its magic. When it looked like every thing was chopped up good, I sampled my mixture. (Uhm, I turned the food processor OFF first, of course.) It was HOT. As in spicy hot. And it was missing something.

So I stood there pondering my options. I had two tomatoes left, should I add those? Would it even help? What about more lime? What to do… what to do…

Ah ha! I’ll add these things:


Cumin is my favorite good guacamole go-to spice. Tomato paste wouldn’t make it runny, but would help cut the heat. I hoped. And salt. Well. It needed it. So I threw some cumin and salt in, and then the whole can of tomato paste.

I hit the button again. Got it all mixed up. Sampled it again. BINGO! Its still way hotter than I usually like my salsa, but its also that kind of hot that makes you go, “Oh that’s HOT… I want more.”

253: Homemade Salsa

As you can imagine, over time its gotta hotter. A trick I picked up from a friend is to put shredded cheese in it when I eat it. So I’ve been doing that and its just been yummy goodness. It’s ADDICTING. I’m eating it right now as I type this. I might have to make more later this week, in fact.

Hope maybe I gave you some ideas on how to make your own homemade salsa. Don’t be afraid of it! There’s no real right or wrong here. Make it the way YOU like it… that’s the beauty of it being home made.

#DrinkUpLinkUp — Candy Cane Vodka

Something a little different for #DrinkUpLinkUp! I made my own Candy Cane Vodka. Oh okay, I didn’t MAKE the vodka, I infused it with candy canes. It just sounds more daring to say I made it and leave it at that.

 Candy Cane Vodka

I wanted to surprise my co-workers with something special… something handmade. I noticed infusing your own vodka on Pinterest, and I figured it was perfect for my fellow Saturday-night bartenders. So I set out to make it happen.

I used this site to help me out. (Betty Crocker site… who knew Betty was a drinker!? hehe)

Candy canes purchased. Handle of vodka purchased. Glass jars had been collected over time. Here we go…


I was pretty surprised the candy canes all dissolved within a couple hours, but I let it sit over a week nonetheless. Then the fun of filtering using a coffee filter. THAT was the most difficult part, simply due to how slow it went. But it made a HUGE difference. The vodka went from cloudy to a clear pink. So pretty!

My addiction to Parrot Bay rum this last summer netted me two pretty bottles to put the vodka in. I painted the tops and made a label.

Candy Cane Vodka

For anyone curious… its yummy! Definitely drink it chilled – which I don’t know anyone who drinks vodka any other way. But warm its a little like, well, Scope. lol But chilled, it just tastes like liquid candy canes. SO YUM. I’m going to try Skittles next time I infuse vodka… mmm…