Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome 2009! Lasciati andare in cucina!

I think for so many of us, 2009 was a welcome sight. We watched 2008 shoot itself in the foot, we locked the door behind it, threw away the key, and tried to sweep up the porch as if it had never even happened. The perfect crime, I suppose, if only the evidence of its existence would stop trying to come from up under the door like a bad can of tear gas. I am so looking forward to what this year has to bring... it has got to be better. I am determined that it will. My daughters New Years hat tells me it will.

Part of my changes for the New Year are much like everyone else's, to eat healthier. Of course, I've been threatening myself with that for year's. But now, I have too. Cholesterol is knocking at my door... it even had the flipping nerve to let itself in. I bent over, numerous times, trying to get it to kiss my ass... but all it did was laugh and utter "which part, your all ass." You know, high cholesterol is bad enough, but when it starts taunting you... well, lets just say the fight was not a pretty one.

I decided to kick off the New Year with a little spice. My intention was to follow a recipe I had gotten from POM for pomegranate salsa, but I wanted to use what I had on hand. I ended up improvising, and finally came up with a recipe I will call my own, Pomegranate Mango Salsa. I served it over garlic grilled chicken, and called it good. Why..? Because my husband planted a good one on me after he ate it, so I know it was good.

Pomegranate Mango Salsa

2 large Pomegranates, seeded (see here for an easy way)
1 ripe Mango, diced
2-3 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper
1/3 cup diced red or orange pepper
1/4 c minced red onion
1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
1/4 c Rose's Infusion Pomegranate Twist
Pinch of kosher salt, if desired

Combine all ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes. Serve over grilled chicken or serve with chips. The salsa's heat will intensify the longer it sits. So if you are not a lover of spice, decrease the jalapeno just a tad. If you love spice, I love you... add more.

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Jenn said...

I think it sounds great !

Patsyk said...

Well, with a reaction like that from your husband - it just has to be good!

Happy New Year!

Sara said...

Happy new year! I love pomegranates, and I think they look so pretty when added to other fruits.

Cha Cha said...

Yum! This sounds great!

There's a little something for you over at my blog. :)

The Food Hunter said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's comforting to know I'm not alone in my struggle to find food in Peoria.
Happy New Year!

Scintilla said...

I like your attitude and I love your blog ! You can be sure that I'll be back for more.

Happy New Year ! (I have a bolt on last year's door too.)

Liz said...

That salsa looks so WONDERFUL! I could eat that whole bowl.

Mrs. G. said...

This looks fresh and fab! I love the bright red.

The Food Hunter said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. I have an award for you over on my blog. Stop by and grab it.

Jenn said...

Ijust noticed that I have that candle holder too !