Archive for April, 2007

Salsa Recipe

Salsa Guisada (or Salsa Borracha)

Since I don’t have time to knit but have to cook no matter what, I am sharing my favorite salsa recipe. This recipe calls for fresh ingredients and tastes great over breakfast eggs, grilled steak or freshly cooked pinto beans and corn tortillas. You can use white, yellow or green onions, and the amount of jalapeño used will depend on your taste, especially since the heat of the pepper will differ from jalapeño to jalapeño. The Salsa Borracha version substitutes beer for water, hence to borracha or drunk label; and is equally as good.


1 to 2 tsp cooking oil
½ onion coarsely chopped
½ to 2 jalapeños thinly sliced crosswise
2 garlic cloves diced
1 large tomato coarsely chopped
salt to taste
water (or Tecate beer/similar beer for the Salsa Borracha)

Heat enough oil to cover to bottom of a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until soft. Stir in jalapeño slices and sauté 3 to 5 minutes to soften. Add diced garlic, sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato and salt, stir and pour enough water (or beer) to just cover ingredients. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium and continue to boil until tomato is cooked through and begins to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Serve warm on the side or pour over your favorite entrée.

Serves 4


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A Quick Report

School has been keeping me BUSY these couple of weeks. I’ve had little time to knit and even less time to post my knitting/stash building progress. I did manage to knit a pair of socks for socktopia’s March theme, but will have nothing to submit for the month of April even though I have the perfect yarn for …Orange you glad I didn’t say bananna? Oh well, the summer should be a good time to put the yarn into good use.
Dance Dance Revolution
Socktopia’s March theme brought to mind flashes of vibrant and electrifying colors. Regia’s 6ply in Crazy Color seemed the perfect choice for these socks.

I’ll confess I didn’t pay attention to the first sock I had completed, so half way through the leg I realized I knitted the cuff in 1 rib instead of 2. Oh well, I was on a deadline and not about to frog the entire sock. With this yarn, the 1 rib worked a lot better anyway and will make a note of it for future reference. Please excuse the lousy image, but I had been wearing the socks before photographing them, hence their stretched out look.

Regia 6 ply was nice to work with. What really stood out in this yarn was its scent. No other yarn I have worked with has given off such a woolly and comforting aroma. I would buy this yarn in the future just for olfactory pleasure even though it did satisfy my sense of touch and sight as well. Did I read somewhere that yarn was being scented for aroma therapy purposes? Can you imagine knitting while the calming scent of lavender or mint surrounds you? Not only would the rhythmic motion of knitting soothe you, so would your favorite fragrance.

Wishing you happy knitting and stash building!!

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