Tuesday, August 31, 2010

want a free cookbook? and a recipe for spicy three chile & carrot salsa

o.k....so you have to read to the end of this post to find out about the free cookbook. first, i must tell you that i am thrilled it is pepper week at summer fest 2010...i love spicy food...love salsa...love chiles!

coincidentally, i made a "csa salsa" this past weekend. my weekly organic vegetable box contained carrots, heirloom tomatoes, white onions and poblano chiles...along with a lot of other items. my jalapeño plant is full of peppers...i had a couple of limes on hand....and i always keep a few tins of chipotle peppers in the pantry as i am addicted to the hot, smoky taste. i had company all weekend and was craving mexican food...thought grilled fish tacos sounded nice...and wanted a new & different topping. in one of those "eureka" moments, i decided to add grated carrots to a salsa that would also use up some of the pepper bounty. guess what? it was delicious. we ate the salsa all weekend...with tortilla chips...on the fish tacos...spooned on top of a frittata i made for sunday brunch...

happily i received the update regarding summer fest 2010...btw, it is continuing until the end of november...soon to transition to "fall fest 2010". when i learned this week was pepper week i knew this would be a perfect choice...especially with the labor day weekend fast approaching. make this. make a lot of this...it keeps for a couple of days and can be used with everything. maybe as a topping for burgers? sandwiches? a side dish with grilled chicken? i think you will find many options. me? i am making another batch...hope there are more carrots in this week's csa box... happy labor day everyone!

csa spicy three chile & carrot salsa
3 large carrots, well scrubbed
1 med white onion, diced
1 fresh poblano chile, seeded and minced
2 fresh jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced
1 canned chipotle chile, seeded and minced
1 tsp to 1 tbsp adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 heirloom tomatoes, seeded and diced
juice 1/2 lime
sea salt
grate the carrots (i use my cuisinart, but a box grater works too). add all ingredients to a medium bowl. (the adobo sauce is very spicy...so start with the tsp measurement to keep it mild...use the full tbsp for a hotter version) stir to combine. refrigerate for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to blend. taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

now...about that free cookbook. remember when i told you that i had a recipe published in a new cookbook thinkfood, recipes for brain fitness? i was thrilled to receive a couple of copies in the mail yesterday. i am featured on page 47!! i have decided to give away a copy...my first ever contest. all you need to do to enter is leave a comment on one of my september 2010 blog posts. tell me in the comments that you would like to be entered in the drawing. i will announce the winner during the first week of october...so be sure to check us out to see if you win. if you absolutely can't wait...and want a copy now... the books will be available through amazon next week. for now, you can buy the cookbooks on the posit science website.

and remember, you can sign up for the free recipe of the week program at any time. click on this link to subscribe....you will get an email each week for 50 weeks highlighting one of the recipes. the recipe of the week pages give blogger tips, info about the blogger, and photos along with all of the recipes.

ok...a salsa recipe just in time for the labor day holiday and the chance to win a free cookbook...good post, right? now it is your turn to participate in summer fest. simply leave your pepper tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit the collaborators listed on the blog away to garden and do the same.

the cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. yes, copy and paste them everywhere! that way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

always...much thanks to margaret roach and deb puchalla for coordinating summer fest 2010. as always...its been a blast...

best and happy cooking!

diane padoven
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beth said...

Please enter me in the cookbook contest.

The salsa looks really good.

Janet said...

Carrots in salsa sounds interesting. The sweetness balanced with the HOT would be a nice taste. And I would like the cookbook too.

Napa Farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks beth, i will enter you in the contest...i am going to list all the commenters' names, put them in a bowl and conduct an old fashioned drawing the beginning of october. i will tweet, facebook and post the winner in a blogpost...so check then to see if you win cause i will need contact info at that time..

good luck!

Napa Farmhouse 1885 said...

thanks janet..i will add your name to the list...