Simple Garden Fresh Salsa

salsa fresh-5BLOGO Tomato season used to mean sliced tomato sandwiches on white bread, with mayonnaise and a little pepper.  Thankfully I've become a little more daring with my summer veggie creations. After visiting my parents over the weekend, I came home with a bag of vine ripened beauties. There is never a shortage of mexican spices and ingredients in my house. If we run out of tortilla chips, its an emergency!

Grabing some fresh cilantro and a few limes, it's salsa making time baby:)

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped garden tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1 cup chopped white onion

1/4 chopped green chiles or jalepeno

juice of one lime

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients together, can add a little tomato sauce for thickness if your heart desires. I dip with black bean chips and wash it down with an ice cold Corona Light.

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Brunch at Pinewood Social Nashville

breakfast-1BLOGO I've been super busy over the last week, but don't worry I was still eating! One of my favorite cities to visit and dine is Nashville, TN. I'm pretty confident I could gain twenty pounds in one weekend. Nashville is overflowing with amazing restaurants, its a must stop for any foodie!

Brunch on Sunday with friends is something to never miss. Especially when you are going to Pinewood Social. Coffee to cocktails, delicious meals, bowling and a trendy atmosphere...HELLO..what is there not to love:)

Mocha Lattes are completely irresistible, so I never turn them down. Paired with a salmon toast, including goat cheese and tomatoes, brunch is served. I waited all morning on an empty stomach, just so I had room for everything. Seriously, you must plan these things!

 

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Ok, so I may have shared a bite or two of toast with my boyfriend. Mostly because then I could try his Reuben Benedict..score! Corned beef, hollandaise, and a poached egg with potato wedges. He is such a sucker for Benedict and potatoes.

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The problem with all this delicious food is that I want everything on the menu. So, next visit it will be chicken & biscuits with gravy and a little bowling:)

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Lemon Zucchini Bread

So..I have awesome neighbors with an adorable box garden:) Living next to like minded foodies is a major plus. Why?..because we share! Anytime I make sweets or a hefty serving too big for two...I mail it to my neighbors. I know you are thinking I'm crazy, but... We all have wild schedules, so in the evening I will leave a tupperware in their mailbox.  Keeps me from pigging out number one, but I also find cooking to be more satisfying when you give it to your friends. Yesterday I received a huge beautiful zucchini ready for culinary creations. With fresh lemons already in the kitchen, their fate was sealed. Lemon Zucchini bread for the win!

**Warning- this is super moist and addictive- do not bake on an empty stomach or you will eat the entire loaf**

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 cup organic cane sugar

1 egg

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 cup shredded zuchini

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp lemon zest

Make:

Mix all ingredients in large bowl, folding shredded zucchini in batter last

Bake at 325 for 50 min or until cooked in center

Add a glaze drizzle of lemon juice and powdered sugar with a sprinkle of lemon zest

*Eat a couple of slices and then pass it around to your friends*

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