Salsa!

Thanks for all your comments yesterday about the restaurant job.  I am a firm believer that if one door closes, another one will open!  Not going to worry about a second job until after Mayo, so its all good.  Although I did have a dream last night that I was complaining about seating at the restaurant to the GM and she looked at me and said “If you don’t like it here, go work at Chili’s!”  Ha!

I had one last Chobani that needed to be used up.  For some reason Tony and I didn’t buy much fruit last weekend, but we have a big bag of frozen fruit, so I just defrosted 3/4 of a cup of it – its mango, peaches, strawberries and pineapple.  I made a mini fruit parfait for breakfast.

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Work yesterday was crazeballs.  I won’t go into details, but I was brought to tears at one point.  What I really wanted to do?  Order a deep dish pizza and eat the whole thing myself.  But, I didn’t.  I went to the gym and had an awesome workout.  Legs were on the strength menu – first on the list?  Box jumps!  Shelley, I couldn’t help but think of you and your fear of them!  (You can read her story about it here).

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Only one problem guys.  That box was HUGE!  That was the only one I could find at the gym.  I tried and there was no way I was going to jump that high.  So I ended up just stepping up, stepping down – 20 reps for THREE sets!  I was feeling the burn!  Another new to me exercise was the cable side leg exercise – after I took this video I realized I wasn’t standing far enough away, and stepped further away from the machine for a bigger range of motion – boy could I feel that on the outside of my quad!  Please disregard my bad videographer skillz!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axccx3hMI8Q&feature=youtu.be

]The leg exercises took me 35 minutes, so I only had time to run a mile before heading back to the office.

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Over the weekend my Mom and I had Mexican food.  I had chicken fajitas and there was a ton leftover, so I decided to make leftover chicken fajita nachos for lunch.  But the star of the show was a new “salsa” to me.  I put the “salsa” in quotes because it’s thick like ketchup – almost like a condiment more than a salsa.  I brought some for one of my work friends to taste.  He brought leftover skirt steak for lunch and told me he spread this sauce over the steak and it was “really ridiculous.”  Ridiculously good!  We both agreed we could eat this sauce with a spoon with nothing else on it, it’s so flavorful.  When I read this recipe in an old Bon Appetit magazine, I realized that I had everything at home to make it.  You know, doesn’t everyone have dried guajillo peppers in their pantry?

Grilled Guajillo Chile Salsa

4 ounces dried guajillo chiles
(about 18), stemmed
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more to taste
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder (I used 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic)
1 teaspoon onion powder (I left that out)

Heat your grill to a medium heat.  Working in batches, grill chiles until slightly puffed and fragrant, 15–20 seconds per side. Let cool.
Using kitchen scissors and working over a medium bowl, cut chiles into thin rings, reserving seeds. Cover with 2 cups very hot water and let soak for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook, turning often, until tender  lightly charred, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Peel; trim ends.
Transfer chiles with seeds and liquid to a blender; add roasted garlic, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining ingredients. Pulse until a thick, coarse purée forms. Season with salt.

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My store sells dried juajillo peppers for .99 a bag.  Look for them the next time you are at your store.  This is such an amazingly flavorful sauce, and even keeping all the dried seeds in the puree, it was flavorful spicy not knock your socks off spicy.

I also made more baja fresh salsa – you can’t have too much salsa in my book!  Although this time I grilled the garlic on the grill and it came out charred, yet soft.  I could definitely pick up the garlic flavor in this batch of salsa.

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And that cutting board?  It just shows what a mess I am in the kitchen when I cook!

Tony was nice and made me a drink after the work day I had yesterday – we sat and talked for 30 minutes or so before I got bizzy on making dinner.

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Dinner was so easy – grilled chicken thighs and corn on the cob.  I chopped up some hot giardinera for my corn – spicy goodness!

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I got all my steps in too, and then some!

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Today is a new day, just hope it’s better than yesterday!  Make it a great day!

16 thoughts on “Salsa!

  1. Gonna try that salsa/sauce – I’m host a nacho nite this weekend. Here’s to a better day. I know I don’t have to tell you, but just a reminder: ‘Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day’ :)

  2. Hi Biz…
    I am scared to death of box jumps.

    We had them in my High School weight room. I seldom participated in gym class but during one of my forays I attempted the box jumps (which looked like huge wooden steps).

    Needless to say being the klutz that I am I fell backwards and landed butt first on the edge of the chalk bin (big wooden bin that the weight lifters used to chalk their hands).

    Then to top it off I started hyperventilating…it’s something that you never forget…lol.

    I need to conquer my fear of the box jumps one day. :P

  3. It seems during the summer I am making salsa and guacamole nonstop. And you can never have too much of either one!

  4. I hate those kind of days at work. Good for you combating it with the gym instead of pizza! Hope today is better!

  5. Oh man, I’m so sorry to hear about the job. Hopefully the next one you’ll work with people who are more considerate! That salsa does sound really good! Was it similar to the ketchup salsa that you liked? I like your blue polish a lot. I haven’t painted my nails in a loooong time, but am thinking of starting again for Joshua b/c a cousin held him recently and she had bright orange nails – he was obsessed with them!

  6. Ooooh, I’d forgotten (or blocked out, more likely) how much those box jumps scared me. One thing that I can look on the bright side of my ankle injury is that I can’t do any kind of jumping exercise anymore…so no more box jumps, hurray! BTW, that box was super high! I’m relieved you didn’t try to jump it.

    Catching up on my blog reading, yeah – it was time for you to call it with that job. Your time is way too valuable to not get any customers/tables night after night. Hopefully something much more profitable is on the horizon. :)

  7. I tell ya, I want that salsa. It’s my birthday, want to mail me some? ;)

    I just caught up on your yesterday’s post. I am sorry about the second job, but you were really getting screwed there, and there’s no point tiring yourself out and working your butt off to get taken advantage of.

    I know you will find something else quickly. It’s totally their loss.

  8. Catching up on reading your blogs this week! So sorry about the job but it sounds like it was time to move on to bigger & better!
    I love salsa – any kind – and this one sounds wonderful plus it’s WW friendly. lol I just put the quajillo chiles on my grocery list so I can make a batch this weekend. :-D
    Seeing the gym pics reminds me that I need to get my arse back to the gym!

  9. That dinner looks yuuuumy! And your dream sounds awful. It’s funny how crap from our day seeps it’s way in.

  10. Step ups are a GREAT alternative to box jumps! Way to go!
    I had a weird/funny dream yesterday, too. Must be in the air!

  11. Sorry you had such a rough day :(. Hopefully today is a bajillion times better. Yes, a bajillion :). That dinner! Yum! Grilled meals are the best

  12. We do box jumps but use the exercise step…much easier for my short legs! I’m way behind so I’m going to go catch up on your other posts…looks like I’ve missed stuff!

  13. Sorry work wasn’t great – I hope that today was much better!!!
    You are killing your workouts!!

  14. You are one crazy lady to even consider doing box jumps. I see people at our gym do them. It looks like so much impact on the knees and ankles. I’m all about finding some less stressful way to work the same muscle. Glad you skipped the huge step. MMMM thick salsa looks yummy. My husband is addicted to your Baja salsa. I don’t know if I can get him to try any others.

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