Home Again, Salsa, and Upcoming Book Events

quick homemade salsa

I landed in Philadelphia right around 12 noon on Tuesday afternoon. It was almost exactly two weeks to the minute since I’d left and while the book tour was gloriously fun, returning home is always the best thing of all.

I’ve spent the last day and a half reacquainting myself with home, unpacking bags and folding laundry. I also have done quite a lot of cooking in the last 48 hours. I made a goodly amount of jam and pickles while on the road and helped assemble a meal or two in the company of friends, but there was little true cooking and I missed it.

overhead salsa

And so, I’ve made several rounds of breakfast eggs. I roasted every sad bit of vegetable in the fridge and made soup for dinner last night. I prepped a batch of whole wheat chocolate chip cookie dough for the freezer (we bake them a couple at a time in the toaster oven as an after dinner treat). And I peeled two wrinkly tomatoes that I’d left to ripen several weeks ago and made a little batch of salsa.

For lunch today, I toasted a couple of corn tortillas and folded into them black beans, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and generous scoops of the salsa. If a batch of spring salsa sounds good to you (Cinco de Mayo is Monday, after all), the batch I made is essentially the same as this one, only with shallots in place of the onions, and some red chili flakes instead of jalapeño (we didn’t have any). Remember, homemade salsa always tastes better if you make it at least an hour or two before you plan on serving it.

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Just because I’m home doesn’t mean that the book tour is over. Truly, things are only just picking up. Here’s where I’ll be over the course of the week and a half!

  • May 3 – Philadelphia: Demo and book signing at Fante’s Kitchen Shop, 1-3 pm.
  • May 4 – Philadelphia: Tasting and book signing at Headhouse Square Farmers Market, 10 am – 2 pm.
  • May 6 – Broomall, PA: Demo and book signing at the Marple Township Library, 7:30-9 pm.
  • May 10 – Philadelphia: Demo and book signing at Greensgrow, 10 am – 1 pm. Demo and book signing at Occasionette, 5-8 pm.
  • May 13 – Manhattan: Strawberry jam class at The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Manhattan location. 6:30-8:30 pm. $65.

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6 Responses to Home Again, Salsa, and Upcoming Book Events

  1. 1
    Kelby says:

    I’ll see you at the Farmers Market this weekend!!!! Xo Kelby

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    ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    Wherein the world do you get all your energy from and what kind of vitamins are you taking? :} I’m wore out just reading what all you have done since you arrived back home not counting the hours you are on the road. OK, I’m ready for a nap :}
    Enjoy the rest of your book tour and have a wonderful weekend

  3. 3
    Pamela says:

    Marisa…I just received both of your books and simply love them!!! I have a box of meyer lemons and going to make the curd, candied and caramelized syrup. One question I have after reading the recipe for the syrup it states to take it to 350F which is beyond the hard crack stage….it seemed kind of high. Was just checking as I haven’t made too many syrup but the few I have went to 250F. By the way I love your blog too!!! Very inspiring :-)

    • 3.1
      Marisa says:

      Oh yikes, it should say 250 degrees, not 350. Crud. I will add that to the list of typos. Thank you so much for catching that!

  4. 4
    Katrina says:

    Hi there, I adore you and was wondering if you will be coming to the four-corners (I’m in Colorado) area at any point for your book tour.

  5. 5
    Zoe says:

    Oh, I love to travel, but I agree that coming home is really an excellent feeling :)

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