Taste of Summer: Fresh Salsa Recipe


A Taste of Summer Camp

Aah, summer. It has finally arrived, and with it comes the feast of the senses.

The touch of grass, a cool and lush carpet beneath bare feet, its sprigs tickling between the toes.

The sounds of dogs barking as they chase screeching kids high on the abandon of summer vacation. Screen doors slap, lawn mowers drone like flies.

The sight of tanned, bare chested men. Hands down the best part of summer.

The smell of warmth and lazy flowers, cut lawns and salty oceans, caressed aloft upon breezes that kiss the skin.

Finally, the taste. The tantalizing paramour to smell, who delivered to our taste buds the appetizing aroma of the backyard grill, watering our mouths for the dishes only summer can provide. Corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad.

And fresh salsa, with bits of sun-kissed tomato, sharp onion, and cilantro stretching from the baked earth of the backyard garden to the vast blue of a cloudless sky. An explosion of flavors worthy of being served on the Fourth of July.

Fresh Salsa

8-10 tomatoes

1 medium onion

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded

½ bunch of cilantro

2 garlic cloves

¼ cup white vinegar

Juice squeezed from one lime

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste.

Dice, dice, dice your butt off. Don’t cheat and grind the veggies up in a food processor. You want this salsa chunky. Let it sit overnight in the fridge, and stir it on occasion to get those veggies besotted with the vinegar and citrus.

Speaking of besotted, ahem. Summer is also the season of Romance. Strolls on the beach with your summer fling, and warm nights perfect for skinny dipping.

Which makes it the ideal time to give thanks to the gals at MFRW (Marketing For Romance Writers). Like a mini Amazonian army, they have recruited and led many a writing soldier onto the battlefield of marketing and swept them on to victory. They’ve done so with grace, humor that still leaves me smiling, and a loyalty to their fellow authors that makes me proud to be a comrade in arms.

Thank you. Not only have you provided the leadership, but also the forum with which we romance writers can compare and console and commiserate with our peers. You’ve given us shoulders to cry on and ears to gripe to, and oh yes! the steps from which to launch our passions.

They’ve also given me a place to promote by books No Little Thing (a great summer read btw) and Luna: Book One of The Luna Chronicle, AND roast my virtual marshmallows during this Summer Camp fun. Visit tinyurl.com/mfrwgroup to follow The Taste of Summer July 12-14th,  and, because I know you want to, croon out your rendition of Kumbaya. We’ll all join in (okay, we’ll laugh and point), but it’s still good times!

See you ‘round the campfire.

~S.C. Dane


2 responses to “Taste of Summer: Fresh Salsa Recipe

  1. I do love chunky salsa, not only to eat but also for cooking. Once my tomatoes and cilantro and jalapeno fruit I’m going to be trying this. Yummmmmmyyyy. It will be great for snacking during MFRW’s summer camp, don’t you think?

    • Waiting, waiting, waiting…Yes, this recipe makes me think of all those fresh ingredients, too; but they’re not garden ready yet. Very sad. But soon!

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