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Cooking With Kids
by EA Staff

Ripe Tomatoes
Fresh Tomatoes on the Vine.

September is a perfect time to use fresh tomatoes from the garden, and salsa is a perfect way to introduce your kids to preparing foods at home. Depending on the age of the youngster, you can do the chopping, and they can measure, stir and taste-test. No cooking required!

The recipe below is from The Secrets of Salsa: A Bilingual Cookbook. See Book Reviews for more information.

Fresh Fruit Salsa
By Carmela Valdivia

5 Roma tomatoes

2-3 Serrano chilies

1/4 large onion

1 avocado

1/2 bunch fresh cilantro

1-2 limes

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. sugar (optional)

1 cup any fresh fruit in season

1/2 tsp. fresh mint leaves, chopped (optional)

1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger (optional)

Finely chop onion and chilies, and place in a medium bowl. Add lime juice, and set aside for at least five minutes. Add salt, sugar (optional), finely chopped cilantro and avocado to mixture. Add diced fruit: peach, nectarine, mango, pear or pineapple. If pineapple is used add 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger. Add diced tomatoes. In fresh salsas, tomatoes should always be added last as the salt draws out the juice. Serve immediately. Delicious served with fish tacos!



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