Pico de gallo

The fresh ingredients in pico de gallo combine to make a tasty topping for a number of dishes. Serve with tacos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, or anything you like. This is one of the most versatile dishes you can make. Pico de gallo can be used to spice up guacamole or rice, or it can be served as a salsa with tortilla chips. It is a basic complement to any Mexican meal, or you can get creative and serve it with something unexpected. 

Pico de gallo

4 to 6 Roma tomatoes (about 2 cups diced)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely diced onion (about half of a medium onion)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 to 2 jalapeƱo peppers, finely diced

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, roughly chopped

Juice of one lime

Place diced tomatoes in small bowl, sprinkle with salt, and set aside while chopping other ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine onions, garlic, jalapeno, and lime juice. Drain liquid from tomatoes and add to onion mixture. Cover and refrigerate one hour before serving.



Deep Fried Yellow Squash

Summer gardens are the best. Yellow squash is easy to grow and is usually readily available at farmers' markets during this season. One way to prepare it is to deep-fry it to a crispy texture. This summer, I have been frying mine skewered, and I'm not looking back. Each slice came out crisp and brown, and not a single piece slipped off the skewer during frying.

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Deep Fried Yellow Squash

3 medium yellow squash, washed and sliced.

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

Wooden skewers

Combine cornmeal and flour. Season squash as desired, and roll each slice in cornmeal mixture until coated. Check skewers to be sure they fit in the pan and trim to size if needed. Skewer the squash slices. Heat oil to 350 degrees (oil should be deep enough to cover squash). Fry until squash is crispy and is a light golden brown. Remove from hot oil and drain on a pan lined with paper towels.



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Savory Tomato Pie

One of the best things about summer is the arrival of fresh tomato season. An abundant crop calls for a savory tomato pie. This delicious side dish is super easy to prepare and everyone at your table is bound to like it.

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Savory Tomato Pie

4 peeled and sliced tomatoes

1 cup mayonnaise 

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 cup cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped green onions

10 fresh basil leaves, torn

1 9-inch prebaked pie shell 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blanche the tomatoes, then peel and slice. Place sliced tomatoes in a colander. Salt the tomatoes and allow to drain. In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese. Layer the sliced tomatoes, basil, and onion in the pie shell. Season with black pepper. Spread the mayonnaise and cheese mixture over the top, sealing to the edges. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned. Cut into slices and serve warm.