Sunday, July 5, 2009

Salsa is Sexy!

True story, WI dreamt about salsa last night.

This was not some hormone-imbalance induced fantasy. This was the result of the sweet burn that lingered on my lips as I drifted off to sleep, belly full of everything that is right with the world on the Fourth of July.

Have I mentioned what a fun street I live on? 'Good people that love their families, God, and the old-fashion American block party.

I happen to live next door to the self-declared mayor of our street. Maybe
we declared him the mayor; I can't remember. (My other next-door-neighbor.) His main responsibility is to organize everything fun that happens on our block. (That he stays on top of community business is just an added bonus.) And he serves us so dutifully, there will never be an election.

For the Fourth of July the Mayor organized a Kid's parade, cook out, and Salsa Contest! How fun is that?

I had to come out swinging because some have commented that my winning chili at Halloween was not really a "chili" but more of a soup in the eyes of the men.

This time around the Mayor declared that there would be two categories for our block party Salsa contest: traditional red and "other" for green, mango, pineapple, etc. (No, not the dance kind, sadly.)

If I may have lingered longer than necessary at the salsa table and if I sampled each salsas two or even three times, you know, to catch all the nuances, it was only out of respect for the game. And my fine opponents.

I have to admit, there was not a salsa I didn't enjoy! And in fact, there were a couple that were so incredible, I couldn't help but indulge in more than my fair share.

"Can't stop, won't stop" was my mantra last night.
Might have played the pregnancy card as I was helping myself to obscene amounts of food.

There was the Chueys inspired creamy cilantro one. Wow!

There was a smooth green avacado-y sour creamy one that I could have sipped with a straw. (I never found out who brought that one.)

There was a delightfully fresh micro-hand chopped winner that came out of my neighbor's garden.

There was the smokin' hot chipotle one that taunted me to see how much I could take.

I wanted to take them all home with me. (At least the recipes.) No wonder I had such sweet dreams!
I present to you, humbly, my first place entry in the "other" category. I did a ton of research and found this recipe at a favorite site. It's called Fire & Ice Salsa. Yes, that's watermelon, not tomato...

It's strange and delicious and just like the name implies. Luckily, the watermelon I bought was not the sweetest I've ever had, which made it perfect for this concoction. I also doubled (at least) the other ingredients and left out the garlic. I have one suggestion, salt just before serving, or the watermelon will weep and seep all the juice out.

I think this would be a nice light accompaniment to fish tacos or grilled chicken. Or to eat with a spoon when no one is looking.

Hope you had a fun 'Fourth!


Girly Stuff said...

It all sounds so yummy! I would have picked the Chuy's concoction because that is what I dream about from time to time, but your watermelon salsa would have been the runner-up in the event that anything had happened to the cilantro.

You are quite the Rachel Ray of the block WI!

Tooj said...

Okay, can you send your address? Or at least the nearest intersection? I think I'm finally feeling a connection with TX. I admit, I've been known to be one of those "I can't stand TX and the way they think they're so GREAT" type of persons....HOWEVER....
I want warmth.
I want fun.
I want a block like this here one. (had to throw in a poem for ya) You are in Texas, right? I'm not dreaming? Lord help me if I'm confused. But seriously, I want to live on your block. Can you hook me up with a job and baby-sitter?

Aggie2percenter said...

Congrats babe! 1st and 3rd place. You rock my world!

Jill said...

Your block sounds so fun. A salsa contest??? What a great idea!

chacha said...

Baby the little one will have a hot-tooth (that sounds wrong - what is the equivalent to "Sweet-tooth" for hot food?).

We have block parties too - I think there may have been one July 4th, I saw a flyer, but we were holed up smoking chicken and drinking copious amounts of cheap beer. I think you're neighbors may be cooler than mine. Some are nice but there are some off-balls that I'm not sure I'd really enjoy hanging out with.