Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pico de gallo (salsa)

Colin had been holding out on me. Just recently (in the last couple months) he made this amazing pico de gallo and I was so impressed! I made it myself today for the first time and I felt obligated to share the recipe.

I also thought I’d share how affordable this is for nice, fresh salsa. Much better than what you can buy at the grocery store! This recipe makes *almost* 4 cups of pico de gallo, which is a lot!

Ingredients:

4 cloves of garlic (33 cents)
Juice from one lime (25 cents)
1/2 bunch of cilantro ($1.19)
2 poblano peppers (96 cents)
1 jalapeño pepper (16 cents)
3 plum tomatoes ($1.13)
1/2 red onion ($1.15) = $5.17 with enough leftover garlic, cilantro, and red onion for another batch. Plus you could shop somewhere cheaper than Publix (say, Walmart, not that I’m advocating that) and possibly make it even cheaper
Optional: salt and pepper if desired, to taste

Recipe:

1. Finely dice your tomatoes.

2. Cut up your poblano peppers in the same way.

3. Cut up your jalapeño (you can leave the seeds in or take them out.)

5. Chop about half of your red onion.

6. Chop your garlic. Add onion and garlic.

7. Wash, shred, and add your cilantro.

8. Cut and juice your lime over your pico de gallo.

9. Complete!

Now, just enjoy your fresh pico de gallo with some chips, with practically any Mexican dish, or straight from the container. Whatever you want. 🙂
This is one of my favorite ways to eat vegetables.

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Tallahassee: Natural Bridge Battlefield

One of the things I did around Tallahassee with my mom was to visit the Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park. It was a $3 fee for parking there and we were the only ones, though it might’ve been because other people have important things to do during the week while they aren’t on vacation. There is a very nice picnic area and then there is the actual park.

The battle fought at Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park was during the final weeks of the Civil War, and helped preserve Tallahassee as the only Confederate Capital(capitol?) east of the Mississippi River to never fall into Union hands. (Getting this off of the pamphlet that can be found at the park, all credit goes to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection – division of recreation and parks.) It occurred on March 6th, 1865. Union losses totaled 21 killed, 89 wounded and 38 captured. On the Confederate side, 3 were killed and 22 wounded. There is a battle reenactment every March.

Also, there were lots of little frogs around in the grass! I didn’t manage to take a picture of them, but I did get a picture of a super tiny one that I cornered over on the cement near the entryway to the park. Here he is:

I really enjoy that there are frogs all over the place in Florida. And squirrels.

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Visiting Wewahitchka/Mexico Beach & Fish House Restaurant

My mom and I left Tallahassee to visit a relative in the Wewahitchka area. (I also learned it’s not whey-wah-hitch-kuh, it’s WE-wah-hitch-ka.) Anyway, she has two adorable dogs and I could not help myself with taking pictures, and we also visited the beach and a nice seafood restaurant in the Mexico Beach area. It was really cool being more out in the country like that, and we saw lots of frogs and such and less bugs than I would have imagined to be in the area, except on the road (and subsequently on my car) and then there were WAY too many lovebugs in the Mexico Beach area, especially by the gas station. Eww.

Then we went out to the Fish House.

I got the grilled scallops with cajun seasoning and alfredo sauce over angel hair pasta and it was delicious but just SO MUCH FOOD that I couldn’t finish it. My meal also came with some crispy, perfect garlic butter bread. Two others in our party including my mom got the special which was the grouper stuffed with crab. My other relative got 2 appetizers, one which involved crab and I don’t recall the other.

Before we leave this excursion, I must take the opportunity to show you a lovely flower from my relative’s house, more of her amazing dogs, and the adorable frog we spotted (the only one I managed to capture in a photograph, though there were so so many frogs around croaking all night.)

And lastly, the frog! So tiny.

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Tallahassee: Wells Brothers (Monks) Restaurant

I took my mom here while she was visiting in order to have her try the sweet potato fries. She agreed it was a great idea, as we both loved them. She said they were the best ones she had ever tried! We were there during happy hour which was great, because it was $2 off appetizers so we got the pita pizza and there was some sort of beer special, but we were not drinking.

Here’s our appetizer: the pita pizza! Delicious.

I got the Panhandle burger, but with the bbq sauce on the side. AMAZING, just like last time. We could also each only finish about half our burgers so we had substantial portions to bring home, along with some of the fries and pasta salad.

I’m almost positive my mom got the “Gator Hater” but I really have no idea at this point. It looked delicious too.

However, beware, if you order your burgers “medium” they will be this pink. I would’ve done “medium well” if I had known, but I’m not one to complain about good food. 🙂

post by: Melissa
photos by: Melissa