This post will be brief, because I’m busy and so are you. This is about preparedness in the face of crisis, namely, how to present surprise guests with something tasty to nosh on when the cupboard is bare.
Here is a picture of the inside of my fridge. This rather austere state is not unusual. In fact, it’s the norm. I don’t keep things on hand that I’m not going to immediately use because I cannot stand to see anything go to waste.
You may think there is nothing here and feel that you would panic should people knock at your door with plans to stay the afternoon to watch the game. No need. A couple of refrigerator mainstays and you have the problem licked.
One of my new favorite products, recently sent to me by the good people at Melissa’s Produce is a container of their Tomatillo Sauce. I’m now on my fourth tub of this stuff and think it will join their Fire Roasted Sweet Red Bell Peppers as pantry/refrigerator “must haves.”
I have used the Tomatillo Sauce mixed with Ranch Dressing on salads (sooo delicious), on top of omelets, poached eggs, stirred into avocado soup, to garnish chili, and mixed with mayonnaise as a sandwich spread. I’m sure there are twice as many uses as these; I’m still discovering them all.
Today I needed something fast, so remembering this recipe that had been posted on their website, I grabbed a bag of tortilla chips from the freezer (yes, they freeze beautifully, do not need thawing, and keep forever, so the next time there is a sale, buy ten bags and freeze them. Preparedness!) and went to work.
I added chopped roasted red peppers, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice to the mix. It was inhaled by guests. Let this be a lesson to you, keep this delicious and versatile sauce on hand.
This post is linked to: Metamorphosis Monday