Monday, August 24, 2009

Salsa a la Jane Brody

There's so much talk about Julia Child right now with the release of the movie, "Julie and Julia" surrounding a blogger that prepared each of the meals in Julia Child's cookbook.

For me, Jane Brody is the person to emulate. My favorite book is "Jane Brody's Good Food Book." It features wonderful tips on kitchen essentials, hints for wholesome cooking and recipes. Her work is a lifestyle that embraces recipes from a wide variety of cultures combined with nutritional principles. Brody preached the virtues of whole grains long before the Food Network was created. My copy of her book is held together with clear packing tape. I wouldn't want a brand new version. This is a book that is loved, sort of like the velveteen rabbit, it's the real deal.

Here's her recipe for Salsa Dip with one slight modification - the addition of a clove of garlic.

Makes about 1-3/4 cups

2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 1/2 cup chopped scallions 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons very finely chopped hot pepper or jalapeno pepper 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and chill for 30 minutes or longer before serving.

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