Funk-Busting Tomatillo Salsa


| 5/10/2017 3:24:00 PM


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Man...I have been in a funk...an “I don’t want to see or talk to anyone” kind of funk...the when-you-are-really-busy-but-do-not-seem-to-get-anything-done type of funk. I have not posted anything since November, not because I do not have anything to write about rather because I have just been in a funk. Then it hit me, November...what happened in November? While there were a few minor disasters over the Holidays, they were not significant enough to cause this funk. Aaaahh, I am suffering from PESD, Post-Election Stress Disorder. It is apparently a real thing that broke up families over the holidays. While I did not have a severe case of it, I was suffering from some sort of post-election malaise…a funk, if you will. I needed to get my groove back.

I was feeling better in early April as we prepared to celebrate my birthday and my wife’s birthday when, BAM, my dad had a stroke and a dear friend that had been ill for a long time passed away. I could feel the funk coming back. My dad should make a full recovery and my dear friend, a second mom to me, always enjoyed seeing the pictures of our garden on Facebook. She was never in a funk even as she died. So it was time to put this funk behind me and get moving.

As it turns out, good food can help you out of a funk, and good food made from stuff in your garden is even better funk-busting medicine.

One early afternoon after a long morning of working in the garden, I took a break and wanted a snack. One of my favorite things to do is make a dip by mixing salsa with yogurt and dig in with some chips. In our vast collection of canned goods, I came across a pint of tomatillo salsa I had made last summer. The tomatillo was one of last year’s gardening experiments. It looks like a green tomato covered with a papery husk and is a mainstay of Mexican cooking, and the key component to the classic salsa verde (if you use green tomatoes, you are just a poser). While readily available in the Mexican markets in town, I wanted to try growing it in our garden. I ended up with about three pounds of golf ball sized, beautiful green, tart fruit from a containerized plant that later succumbed to the mid-summer heat as it sat on the back porch.



Tomatillo Plant in Bloom



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