Now that you've got the tomatoes, what will you do with all of them?
How about making some salsa!? That's what I'm going to do when I get a bunch ripe at once. This recipe comes from the original Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. Oh, and if you're in NY and haven't been to the Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, what are you waiting for? Their food is incredible!!
On with the recipe...
Tomato Salsa Fresca
3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
2 scallions, finely minced
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
a handful of parsley, finely minced
a handful of cilantro, finely minced
1 tsp. lightly toasted cumin seeds
3/4 to 1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
crushed red pepper, to taste
Drop the tomatoes into a potful of simmering water for 10 seconds. Take them out, pull off the skins, and squeeze out the seeds. Dice the remaining pulp. Combine everything in a small bowl or container. Cover tightly and chill.
Note: To toast the cumin seeds, use a small skillet over a low flame or a toaster oven. With either method, watch them carefully so they won't scorch.
Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 cups
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