Growing up, we pretty much ate the same things. Living with two guys most of my life, most of our meals consisted of hamburgers, chili and pizza. When I got a bit older and moved in with my grandmother, I ate all of those wonderful southern homecook meals that people long for these days: cornbread and beans, corn on the cob, green beans, pork roast and mashed potatoes. It wasn't until I started dating that I fell in love with Chinese and Italian food...and it wasn't until I met my husband that I was introduced to my current best friend: Mexican.
Perhaps it was the money issue growing up, I could never imagine going to a restaurant and spending $10 a person for a meal. Or perhaps it was just the security of eating where we knew instead of branching out to something different. Whatever it was, I can't believe I missed out on so much for so long.
Now I love my southern foods, I love me a good bowl of chili or a pizza piled high with toppings. But nothing compares to sizzling fajitas in our favorie Mexican restaurant or more importantly: Fresh Made Salsa. The salsa is my favorite and after my husband and I were married, salsa became a family tradition and a 'must have' in our home. We will sit down, each of us a cutting board and each of us a knife and cut tomatos, onions, jalepenos and cilantro, mixing it all together with just the right amount of salt and lime juice to make a huge bowl of yummy salsa. (My husband's recipe, of course.)
The trick to salsa is to let it sit, let the salt begin to break down those yummy tomatos and onions and mix all those lovely tastes together. Then you have to find the perfect chips...or you can put it in an omelet, or on a turkey sandwhich, or with your hamburger (or turkey burger in our case). It pretty much goes with everything. I have my husband to thank for this yummy food, one of my ultimate favorites these days.