Fresh salsa

Nothing is better with a nice light beer sitting on the patio.  This makes a good batch of salsa.

2 cups diced tomatoes (I use roma)
1 small onion (diced)
3 cloves minced garlic
1 jalapeño pepper de-seeded and finely diced
1 tbsp diced fresh cilantro
juice from 1 lemon
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper

combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for about 10 minutes.  Taste it and adjust salt and lemon as desired.  Mix well one more time and serve with some blue corn chips (just because I like to be fancy.  It works great with any tortilla chips).  Goes great with some homemade guacamole!

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Brad’s Guacamole

I started making this a few years ago.  It is slightly chunky and really tasty.  It is perfect for using on my California Club Chicken Burgers or served with chips as an appy.

2 lrg avocados
1 jalapeno pepper
1 lrg roma tomato
½ med. onion
Juice of 3 limes
Juice of ½ lemon
3 cloves of garlic
2 tsp salt

Finely dice the onion and place it in a bowl.  Finely dice the tomato and put it in the bowl.  Finely dice the pepper and put it in the bowl.  If you are worried about heat, slice the pepper lengthwise in half and, using a spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane.  This removes most of the heat but still gives you the flavour.  When preparing the guac this way I would call it mild to very mild.  The more seeds you leave behind the hotter it will get.  If you want it really hot, add a more spicy pepper like a habanero.  Add the avocados.  The following video will help if you are an avocado rookie.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAAMx_R523o.  Juice the limes and lemon into the bowl.  Mince the garlic and throw it into the bowl.  Add the salt.  Mash and mix everything with a fork.  Taste it!  It may need more salt or a little more juice.  It is that simple to make great tasting and fresh guac!