Why this blog??

Why this blog?? I often find myself stressing over what to make for my family for dinner. We live a busy life and some meals need time to prep, cook and let's not forget shopping for everything you need. I love cookbooks and websites, but there are so many recipe's at times it is overwhelming. The recipe's I will be posting are things I actually made. I will tell you if they are easy or more time consuming. I will also tell you if they are good. Most of these are recipe's I have made for years and continue to make because they are easy or quick and my family loves them and i know yours will too! I will also try to at least once in a whlie try a new recipe I've found on line or in a book and honestly rate it. I always encourage others to send me their favorite recipe's as well! I am a mom... not a chef. But I am a mom who enjoys cooking for her family and making a somewhat healthy meal (some days more healthy than others:) ) In each recipe I will share how I recommend serving it, any substitutions I can think of that are also good, or ways to prepare ahead of time to make the cooking part seem quicker! I am not a photographer, as you can see... most of these pictures are taken from my phone camera, so may not be the best! I love to hear from others who have made these recipes and what they have done to change the recipe... please post comments! Thank you! To "like" me on facebook, go to this link... It's What's Cookin

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Salsa for a Crowd

I've made this a few time for parties and it's pretty good! It makes a TON so either bring it to a big party or cut the recipe in half! I love the beans, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno in it... creates some GREAT flavor! Everyone seems to really enjoy it and it's not to hard to make! Just serve it with a side of tortilla chips!

2 cans (14-1/2 oz each) diced tomatoes
4-5 large fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
2 T cider vinegar
2 T hot pepper sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 T coriander seeds, crushed
1 T ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coarsely ground pepper
1 medium jalapeno pepper, chopped (optional)
corn or tortilla chips

*place one UNdrained can of tomatoes in large bowl. Drain the remaining can and add tomatoes to bowl.
*stir in the rest of the ingredients
*cover and refrigerate until serving. (I don't like to make this TOO much in advance... a couple hours is fine.)
Add all your ingredients in a large bowl

Mix and taste... season more if needed. Cover with plastic wrap and put in fridge till ready to serve. 

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