Conroe Saturday AM market

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First Blog and new SamM salsa

 Today was a day where we had enough leftovers in the fridge to eat all day and not have to prepare anything new. As I reviewed the first blog I wrote two months ago I noticed the recipe for SamM salsa has one changed ingredient. A month ago I found Rice vinegar Balsamic blend in the grocery store for $0.59 cents a bottle. I have a few bottles still in the cupboard and I have grown fond of using this product with the diced Fresh Tomatoes and White onions.

Here is the description of my latest Balsamic vinegar:

The light and tangy taste of Nakano's family of seasoned rice vinegars can add zest and flavor to your favorite meals. And seasoned vinegars are fat free and gluten free! Usage tips: Mix with olive oil as salad dressing; drizzle over strawberries or tomatoes; sprinkle on vegetables. Deposit found in bottles is a natural occurrence and does not deter quality.

Ingredients

Rice Vinegar, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Balsamic Vinegar, Salt, Brown Sugar, Diluted with Water to 4% Acidity (40 Grain).

 

Here is First Blog re-submitted

Now that my wife and I are empty-nesters I have returned to a passion of mine. 'Preparing affordable delicious meals for the two of us.' I shop Conroe Saturday am Market{SamM} looking for the freshest ingredients to please our tastes that have evolved during our child rearing years.

Let me share a few basics that I use regularly when creating our daily menu items.

1) I have learned to use meat first bases instead of salt to flavor our dishes.   {with the newest craze for Sea Salt I do experiment with this product}

2) I scour the grocery stores for the best price on Balsamic vinegar and buy fresh tomatoes, onions and different varieties of peppers from SamM for another flavor enhancer that I create.

 Recipe is as follows: 2cups diced fresh tomatoes

                                  1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar

                                   1/4 cup diced onion

                                    {Spanish, red, green, or white onions--you decide}

It is good to experiment and with this mixture I get creative. I may add diced apples,peppers, or Mango. Once I even added burnt bacon.

3) I fry rice , add liquid from containers in the fridge, cook until the liquid is absorbed and save it for a dish later in the week.Normally the rice is purposely undercooked. When the rice is reheated in a dish a few days later it is fully cooked and has full flavor from marinating.

My wife at this time is my only critic.So when she says,"Fabulous meal" I am happy and feel I have accomplished what i set out to do. Make her happy so she can say one day, " I have enjoyed our time together"

 

Fred
 
 
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