I’m Growing Salsa on Our Back Patio

April 3, 2012

As I mentioned yesterday, we have been eating like crap all winter long in this house. So dumb. We had a mild winter across the country, but you wouldn’t know it the way we were pounding macaroni and cheese around here. Like we were storing up for God knows what. But now that the weather is awesome and we’re wearing less clothes, it’s pretty clear the time has come to transform the diets.

So I’m going to be talking a lot about this over the next weeks. For starters, we’re growing some things. A few months ago, I ordered seeds, then we planted them, and now…

We have the tomatos. We also have tons of cilantro, onions, garlic, and jalapeños.

And now, limes. Yep. They’re coming soon to a back porch near me. I’ve never been able to grow limes before, ever, and it’s so interesting to watch them grow. I had no idea.

A few weeks ago my back porch smelled like orange blossoms and lime blossoms…which is basically like a clean, fresh version of heaven. Not like the perfume Heaven at all. Sort of the opposite of that actually.

And now, just a few weeks later, fetus limes! (The oranges didn’t do anything. Maybe next year.) But I’ll keep you posted on the limes. And I will attack any animal that tries to get them. Try me, animals.

And so I realized the other day that I now have almost all the ingredients for a party.

Or a healthy snack.

Whatever I might be in the mood for that day.

Because as you can see below, cute Curtis Stone makes a case for why salsa is healthy. And he makes his a bit differently than I do (I’ve never grilled the tomatos before. I’m going to try that.) Frankly, his way looks even easier than mine. And it has less beer in it. For the sake of our health and all that’s good in the world, I’m going to try it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

As soon as my limes grow up a bit.

This post is part of a partnership between myself and the Vicks brand as it launches Vick’s Nature Fusion, a new line of over-the-counter cold, cough and flu relief products. The alcohol- and gluten-free line bodyslams symptoms with a sweet and natural kick. As evidenced above, Vick’s has partnered with Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone to produce a series of videos featuring bloggers asking questions about the challenges of serving up healthy foods. And let’s keep it real, Curtis is pretty easy on the eyes and ears, so it makes YouTube completely tolerable. 


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  • Reply Barchbo April 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

    WOW! I am really envious. Are you going to have enough fetus limes to make homemade Hop & Skips? Yum.

    I have made my own salsa before but not with things I have grown. Right now, I only have ingredients for oak pollen salsa. Bleh.

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  • Reply Gina aka Slappy April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    If Curtis Stone is at your house making salsa …. I’ll bring the tequila !!!

  • Reply elz April 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    We grow limes too! My husband INSISTS on using them for our beers and ritas. We haven’t started a salsa garden yet, but it sounds like a damn fine idea.

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