Hot and spicy salsa doesn’t re­quire cooking


QDo you have a recipe for home­made salsa, and do I need to cook the salsa be­fore I serve it? I am grow­ing sev­eral tomato plants and hope to have a lovely crop this year. — An­gela, Win­kler AN­SWER: Salsa does not nec­es­sar­ily re­quire cooking, but cooked salsa has more of a bite. If you choose not to cook it, you may want to caramelize the onions be­fore adding them. In a blen­der, com­bine four chopped Roma toma­toes, one small onion, three sprigs of cilantro (op­tional), two jalapeno pep­pers, two gar­lic cloves, the juice of two limes and about five millil­itres of salt. Blend un­til the de­sired tex­ture is reached. If you choose to cook the salsa, al­low it to sim­mer for 15 to 30 min­utes, un­til the thick­ness ap­peals to you. Q: Last fall, we put our boat away. When we brought it home this week, we found we had left our sur­vival jack­ets in the stor­age com­part­ment. They are cov­ered with mould. Is there a way to re­move it, or will we have to dis­pose of the jack­ets? They are very ex­pen­sive. — Su­san, Win­nipeg A: Soak the jack­ets in 100 per cent white vine­gar or colour-safe laun­dry bleach. Leave them for 30 min­utes. In a ven­ti­lated area, brush the jack­ets with a stiff brush and heavy-duty laun­dry de­ter­gent. Rinse with a gar­den hose and air dry. Q: I washed out an empty can of mush­room pieces and left it up­side down on my stain­less steel sink. The can left a hor­ri­ble, round stain where I’d left it, and I don’t know how to get it off. I’ve tried com­mer­cial prod­ucts with bleach, rub­bing it vig­or­ously and other meth­ods. Noth­ing works. Can you please ad­vise me how to get the ring stain off? It’s very an­noy­ing and very vis­i­ble. Thank you. — Anne, Win­nipeg A: Thor­oughly clean the sink us­ing an abra­sive pad, wash­ing soda, dish soap and wa­ter. Wipe the in­side with vine­gar and dry. Pol­ish with olive oil to leave your sink look­ing like new. Or try Iron Out. Q: I use a fresh dish­cloth ev­ery day, and yet, by the end of the day, they stink. I have tried dif­fer­ent types of dish­cloths, with the same re­sult. I am hop­ing you can help me with this prob­lem. It would be very much ap­pre­ci­ated. Thank you. — Mar­garet, Win­nipeg A: Sounds like the odour is caused by a dye in the fab­ric. This is a com­mon oc­cur­rence for fab­rics that are im­ported. When dye is the cul­prit, there is of­ten noth­ing that can be done. How­ever, I rec­om­mend you soak the clothes in a so­lu­tion of wa­ter and tea tree oil (found at most gro­cery and health food stores). Also, is there a place in the kitchen where the dish­cloths are able to dry faster? Slow dry­ing time or a hu­mid home can cause dish­cloths to smell. Wash them on the hot wa­ter set­ting when­ever pos­si­ble, or boil them in a pot of wa­ter and a drop of dish soap. SMOOTH TIP OF THE WEEK On Sun­day evening, I make up smoothie packs for the en­tire week. Take seal­able bags and fill them with the con­tents of the smoothie for one serv­ing (for ex­am­ple, spinach, berries, yo­gurt, ground flax, milk or or­ange juice). In the morn­ing, pour the con­tents into the blen­der. Voila! In­stant healthy break­fast. — Kennedy Reena Nerbas en­joys your ques­tions and tips; keep them com­ing. Check out her

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