I'm Drinking Stars




Yesterday I actually had some peppers coming in so I hurried and harvested the jalapenos to make some salsa to take to my girl's outing. Nothing in the store can come close to homemade salsa. I used shallots instead of onions on a whim and it worked. We like a little heat in our salsa, so if you like it milder, seed the jalapenos before adding them or just use one. My recipe is below. At least the peppers are coming to their senses and giving it another go with the tomatoes. If they can just last a couple more months I won't make them suffer together any more.
Salsa
6-8 Roma or 3 Larger tomatoes chopped with skins
2 small or 1 large shallot, minced
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, chopped with seeds
1/3-1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Juice from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1 tsp coarse ground pepper
Chop it up and mix it up. Serve with whatever you want to dip.







I'd also like to introduce you to a couple of friends of mine. Spaniards, actually, that tend to brighten any gathering they grace, make weekday dinners a little more special, are comfortable staying over through breakfast, and are generally two of my favorites. Poema Cava Brut and Segura Viudos Reserva are currently my house champagnes/sparkling wines here on Payne Street. I was introduced to Segura at Corbett's restaurant here in Louisville. Corbett's is a fabulous local place that is housed in a 100+ year old farmhouse just on the northern county line and has an amazing menu. They pour a complimentary glass of champagne with an amuse-bouche at the beginning of the meal and this is their house brand. At $8.99 a bottle, it is a home run and I have stocked the fridge in the basement with cases of it since we met. Corbett's wine menu in general is pretty amazing and my very favorite thing to do is put myself in the hands of the sommelier to pair each course when we go. We don't go that often, but when we do it is worth any penny pinching we have done to get there.


The Poema Cava was introduced to me at my favorite local wine shop just up the block from me. The Wine Rack opened a few years ago. My sis introduced me to it and I love it. The proprietor does a great job of recommending good wines within whatever budget I give him. The Poema was featured there this week for $10.99 a bottle and I am smitten. That 10% case discount haunts me with champagne and I am sure I will be back next week. Those Spaniards are producing some amazing sparkling wines. I would highly recommend you go on a tasting of your own. We do that frequently here. Two or three bottles of something that are inexpensive and rate them accordingly. Such an important task to have at dinner:)
Today we are off to celebrate one of my grandmother's birthdays at my mom's. More summer food is on the menu. Maybe I should take a bottle of champagne to celebrate...

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