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Katherine's Labor Day Recipe - Fresh Summer Salsa with Watermelon

August 30, 2012

My Aunt Betse has been making fresh salsa since the 1960s when she and her engineer husband lived in South America. So I have been exposed to fresh salsa long before its popularity took off in the United States. In fact, I suppose I could have been a multi-gazillionaire by now if my college roommate and I decided to go ahead with our plans of packaging and selling my fresh salsa in the early 1980s. Oh well... 

Salsa is traditionally made with tomatoes, onions, hot pepper, cilantro, lime juice and salt. But I like to add seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep it interesting. In the spring, I add strawberries, in the summer, it's watermelon, which is especially sweet this year. You could also add chopped mango, carrot, celery, greens. In the winter, use canned Italian plum tomatoes. Really, anything goes!

Today is the 6th of  "Katherine's Weekly Market Recipes," in The Georgetown Dish, all of which are designed to be delicious, easy, quick, family-friendly, nutritious (heart-healthy & diabetes-friendly), and to highlight produce found at our local Farmers Markets this week. At your Farmers Market, you'll find produce picked at peak ripeness, which means maximum flavor, texture and nutrition. You're also helping save the environment when you buy at your Farmers Market. Here's how...

So that your salsa is enjoyed  for Labor Day festivities, I recommend you buy the tomatoes, watermelon, onion and peppers at the Glover Park - Burleith Farmers Market on Saturday,  Dupont Circle's Fresh Farm Market on Sunday, or Georgetown's own Rose Park on Wednesday. 

 

Katherine’s Spicy Salsa with Watermelon
excerpted from "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press, 2011)


I usually use vine-ripe tomatoes for my fresh salsa, excerpted from my book, Diet Simple. But watermelon is a surprising and exotically delicious substitute for all the tomatoes, or just half of them - as in this version. Serve this salsa with grilled salmon, chicken or beef... even tortilla chips... whatever you may traditionally use salsa with. My friend, Marc Marzullo, said this salsa was "refreshing, light, and delicious, and I especially like the vegetables chopped in larger chunks." I didn't bother using the lime juice today as it was going to be eaten up in a few hours...

22 servings

Ingredients:

1 lb vine-ripe, fresh tomatoes, core removed, coarsely chopped (start with about 1-1/2 lbs)
1 lb chopped watermelon, seeds removed
1 large candy onion, peeled and chopped (about ½ pound)


3 – 4 jalapeno peppers (1 – 2 ounces) - or other hot seasonal peppers -  to taste

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ tsp salt, or to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste

3 – 4 Tbsp fresh lime juice (1 – 2 limes), optional (use vinegar if you'd like to keep this for several days in the frig)

Add the onion to the tomatoes and watermelon. Finely chop 2 of the jalapeno peppers to start with. Taste. If you desire more heat, add 1 – 2 more jalapenos. Mix in the cilantro. Add the salt and pepper, depending on your taste. Mix in the lime juice, if you wish.


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Katherine's Weekly Market Recipe: Kjerstin's Chicken Salad with Grapes, Peaches and Walnuts

August 28, 2012

"I didn't know grapes tasted this sweet!" says client after client, after I offer them a taste of locally-grown grapes from Quaker Valley Farm. They are sweet as can be, and so delicate, they could never be found in a store - they're not the hard, sour, traveling variety which passes for grapes these days.

Today is the 5th of  "Katherine's Weekly Market Recipes," in The Georgetown Dish, all of which are designed to be delicious, easy, quick, family-friendly, nutritious (heart-healthy & diabetes-friendly), and to highlight produce found at our local Farmers Markets this week. At your Farmers Market, you'll find produce picked at peak ripeness, which means maximum flavor, texture and nutrition. You're also helping save the environment when you buy at your Farmers Market. Here's how...

For this week's "Kjerstin's Chicken Salad with Summer Grapes, Peaches and Toasted Walnuts," buy your grapes, peaches and sweet "candy" onions at Wednesday's Rose Park Farmers Market or Sunday's Dupont Circle Farmers Market.
 

Kjerstin’s Chicken Salad with Summer Grapes, Peaches and Toasted Walnuts
excerpted from "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations" (LifeLine Press, 2011)

This recipe, developed by my Swedish mother, would make a very nice luncheon offering. Top on a bagette or stuff in a tomato or half an avacado. Serve with pickles, carrot and celery sticks, radishes. Instead of the grapes or mandarine orances, you can use other seasonal fruits such as strawberries, peaches, or anything ripe and in season.

Serves 4

 

2 cups chicken breast meat, cooked, chopped (about 2 half breasts or 9 ounces)

1 pint Low sodium, nonfat chicken stock

1/3 cup small mild onion, chopped

1-1/2 cup celery, chopped

1 c seedless grapes, halved

2 ripe peaches, chopped

3 Tbsp Fresh Dill, Chopped

3 Tbsp Chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp or more to taste curry powder

1 ounce almonds or walnuts, toasted and chopped

1/4 cup any low fat ranch-style dressing 

 

Poach the chicken breasts in low sodium, nonfat chicken stock until breasts are covered. Let cool and chop in bite-size pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients and chill. Serve chilled.


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My Sunrise Walk Along the Potomac

August 23, 2012

I feel grateful to live in one of the most beautiful walking cities in the world, and the most wonderful neighborhood in that city: Georgetown. If I can take my mind off my worries, thoughts, and plans, and focus on being in the moment, I notice the most inspiring sights and - for that moment - all is well with the world! 

I especially enjoy walking along the Potomac. It's comforting to see familiar people, nodding "Good Morning!" and familiar scenes, such as these rowers ...

Rowers on the Potomac at Sunrise (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Rowers on the Potomac at Sunrise

This lone rower was quite impressive. I'd love to learn how to do that...

Rower (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Rower

I noticed mulberry bushes along the Potomac ...

Mulberries along the Potomac (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Mulberries along the Potomac

The memorials are particularly striking at sunrise ...

Washington and Jefferson Memorials at Sunrise (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Washington and Jefferson Memorials at Sunrise

Ahhhh... With such a serene start, I think I'll have a lovely day. And I hope you do too ...


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