May is National Salsa Month, really, so I thought a book about salsa would be appropriate this Tuesday.
Chicks and Salsa written by Aaron Reynolds is a fun, colorful book that makes you laugh and makes you hungry.
According to the School Journal:
"Farmer Nuthatcher's chickens are tired of their regular feed, and it just so happens that the rooster has been watching cooking shows over the farmer's wife's shoulder. He has some ideas, beginning with chips and salsa. Soon the ducks are inspired and give up fish for guacamole, and the pigs go for beans and chiles. With all of this southwestern cuisine, it's time for a fiesta. It turns out, though, that Mrs. Nuthatcher is making tamales, and all of the ingredients the animals need are gone, so it's time for a new cuisine–from a French cookbook."
The book is even more fun than it sounds and the pictures are wonderful. There are also three recipes at the end of the book...Hog Wild Nachos, Quackamole and Rooster's Roasted Salsa. All three sound delicious.
Here's a Super Simple Salsa Recipe for you to start cooking right now:
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 green onions
- 28 oz can chopped tomatoes, drained (reserve 1 Tbsp of the juice)
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or squeeze 1/2 a fresh lemon)
- chopped fresh cilantro leaves (the amount depends on you taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mince together by hand or in a food processor , the garlic and the onions.
- Add the tomatoes, the Tbsp of tomato juice, the Tbsp of fresh lemon juice, the cilantro leaves and the salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix together or pulse lightly in the food processor. Do not over process.
- Serve cold