There is something inspiring and exciting about opening a new cookbook. It makes me feel like a little kid on Christmas morning who is trying to decide what to play with first – only my dilemma is what to make first. I love how it can mix up a routine week of meals, make me try new ingredients or new ways of using those that are familiar to me. It just fun to watch someone’s creativity spark some of my own.
This is exactly what happened when I flipped through The New Southwest from Scarletta Bakes. When I think “southwest,” I think tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas . . . nothing all that shocking or surprising. A quick look at this cookbook though, made me throw all those ordinary ideas out the window. It is packed with creative, unique combinations of flavors and ingredients with a twist and influence from the American Southwest.
The Food Snob has been begging me for months to make our own salsa rather than buying it from the store (we go through a LOT of salsa and chips here). I had an odd burst of energy/nesting/trying to do anything but think about how I haven’t had a baby yet on Saturday morning and decided to make the Sunday Salsa recipe.
This involved sweating peppers, which was a new process to me. Meagan does an excellent job of explaining exactly how this process works and a few options of how to roast and then sweat the peppers. I appreciated this so much. Had she just put “sweat the peppers” in the instructions, I would of been one lost chef. I left out the jalapenos since I wanted a milder salsa, and it turned out fantastic. I can see why she makes a huge batch each Sunday.
I have about 20 pages flagged for immediate additions to our weekly menus. I can’t wait to dive in more! How would you like your own copy of The New Southwest? Just enter the Rafflecopter entry below. Please not this contest is open to U.S. residents only. One winner will be chosen on November 15th!