Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sweet and Spicy Peach Salsa

This sweet and spicy peach salsa is notable for its gorgeous maize hue and is a perfect compliment to blue corn chips. Maize and Blue much? Here's to my favorite time of year — Michigan football season! 

It’s a different sort of football season for me this year. For the first time in a long time, I have an obligation on just about every game day Saturday. For the last several weeks, I’ve been adjusting to a new job at a restaurant, working evening and weekend shifts, that (as expected) has interfered with many social and personal plans.

Gone are the days of last minute evening plans. Grab dinner tonight? Nope, I have to work. Gone are the days of quiet early nights to myself. Instead I’m working until late in the evening, walking home famished and chowing down on a quick snack before crawling into bed.

But, there are definite perks to this new schedule. I’m busy – working more hours than ever and enjoying this demanding new lifestyle, as I’ve never been one who enjoys having nothing to do all the time. When I have a totally open schedule, I fill it up with books, projects, shows to devour and activities with friends. A totally busy work schedule just means I no longer have to work to challenge myself. That challenge is built in and it’s on me to learn how to work with it.

I’m also really enjoying this new job. I love the hustle and bustle of working in a top new restaurant with a very well known and respected chef, and a zero-tolerance attitude for slacking or error. Demands are high and I’m working hard to live up to them.

It’s sadly no question that once again (as so often seems to be the case) I have less and less time to write and blog. I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a few weeks, waiting for some free time to write it up and share it with you. I’ve actually had this idea for a few years, but poorly executed it in the past. Remember the Maize and Blue Chips and Dip that weren’t?

This is the long awaited Maize salsa recipe to pair with your favorite blue chips this Saturday and every Saturday to follow. A sprig of fresh cilantro, lime juice and Sriracha sauce give the otherwise sweet mixture of fresh peaches, yellow cherry tomatoes and corn kernels some edge for a sweet and spicy salsa to pair with salty blue corn chips.

Sweet and Spicy Peach Salsa (Young Idealistic Baker Original Recipe)
Easily adaptable to fit your taste preferences and quantity needs
  • 3-4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup diced onion (red or white)
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1 large sprig fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • chili powder
  • cumin powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl, adding spices according to taste

I’ll be cheering on my boys during my shift this Saturday and probably each one to follow. Forever and always, GO BLUE!

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