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How I came to know salsa

I had already met salsa. It was there in a little dish on the table at La Plata Grande, the first Mexican restaurant I remember visiting. Later I learned that you could buy it in jars at the Giant right across the parking lot. Much later, I saw a fellow guest at a book lunch make some right before our eyes--but this guy is big on presentation and the salsa experience with him involved flashing knives and some kind of Mayan artwork and a healthy swig of culinary intimidation. It was good salsa, no question, but too scary to try at home.

This past week I decided that in honor of el Cuarto de Mayo, which happened to be the first Wednesday of the month, I would make a bunch of different salsas. I ended up with four and learned some things about salsa. Before then, I thought salsa was a tomato thing. It's not a tomato thing, although tomatoes definitely make good salsa. I made one tomatoless salsa and it was also good. The only ingredient common to all four was cilantro. I'm not sure the cilantro is a rule, but I think it's a nice touchstone and I plan to keep it for my future salsa endeavors. The epiphany for me came as I chopped and chopped and chopped ... salsa is chopped stuff together in a bowl. I am having a lot of fun making salsa this week.

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lavidamd
May. 9th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
The Plata Grande was probably my first Mexican restaurant visit, too. Interestingly enough, now it is a banquet hall that is used quite a bit by Spanish speaking customers. The marquee advertises, "Fiestas de quince anos!" (aka Quinceanera)

The salsa sounds yummy!
ednoria
May. 9th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
I too was surprised when I first discovered salsa did not equal tomatoes. But it is definitely a lot of chopping! And having tons of ingredients doesn't hurt either.
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