How-to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

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How-to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

As summer’s end nears, we are left with the last few bites of the season to savor.  I feel like a bit of a hoarder whenever I go to the markets this time of year and I see the beautiful heirloom tomatoes, the beautiful Hatch chiles, fresh herbs and all the other goodness. I can’t help myself. I want it all.

How-to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

What better way to enjoy the final tastes of summer than a perfect fresh homemade salsa. For me, though I love a chunky, classic-style pico de gallo, what I don’t love is the amount of time all of the chopping takes. This restaurant-style salsa is a smoother, classic salsa and it is a cinch to whip up.

How-to Make Restaurant Style Salsa

When Blendtec offered to send me one of their beautiful high-powered blenders, I immediately became excited about all of the possibilities. The middle of the road KitchenAid blender we got for our wedding 7 years ago, was nearing the end of it’s life and though it’s made literally hundreds and hundreds of smoothies, it also never overly impressed me, it was no powerhouse and it definitely couldn’t handle anything too thick.

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Greek-Style Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes with Feta

Each week, when our farmer Tony drops off our CSA box, besides gabbing about all the luscious, seasonal produce he has for me and his perfectly perfect fresh eggs, maybe talking about the weather and how business has been, we always spend a few moments sharing our stories of growing up Greek. We chat about our favorite foods and our fondest memories of the traditions and I try to impress him with the 3 or 4 Greek words that I know. I love it!

Greek-Style Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes with Feta

Greek-Style Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes with Feta

This past week when Tony dropped off the box and I saw that I got some of his beautiful green beans, we spent a good couple of minutes talking about one of my favorite Greek dishes, Fasolia (aka Fasolakia Fresca), a traditional Greek Green Bean Stew. As much as I wanted to make a large pot of that with these beans, the idea of cooking a hot steamy stew on the stovetop all day, it just wasn’t appealing to me, with this crazy heat.

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(My loyal email readers, I realize you are not all in the So Cal area, so I apologize if this doesn’t apply to you. Feel free to delete this or pass along to anyone in the area it pertains to. Look for new recipes on Monday! Thanks!)

Yoga Class and Gluten-free Potluck Meet-up

Yoga and Yummies

Yoga Class and Gluten-free Potluck Monthly Meet-up

Next Event: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11am 

LOCATION: Will Rogers Mini Park – Appian Way and Nieto near Marine Stadium, Long Beach, CA 90814

There is an area of grass just before Marine Stadium, near the corner of Appian Way and Nieto Ave across the street from Will Rogers Middle School. Turn into Paoli Way from Nieto and you will see us set up there to your right, with the white pop-up tent by the big tree in the center.

Address for GPS purposes - 333 Nieto Ave, Long Beach, CA 90814

Park on any of the streets or pull into Marine Stadium through the gates and park in the lot there.

Yoga and Yummies - Yoga Class and Gluten-free Potluck Meet-up

11am – 12pm

The yoga class will be tailored to beginners, but with a strong focus on proper alignment in these fundamental asanas, it will be an amazing refresher for you seasoned yogis, too.

Have you always wanted to try yoga but been too intimidated to walk into a studio as a beginner? This is a beginner’s level practice built on the fundamentals. This class has a strong focus on alignment and breath and will give you the confidence you need to see that absolutely anyone can practice yoga. If you have an existing yoga practice, please join us and deepen your personal practice, exploring the subtleties and foundations of the fundamental poses. All levels welcome, no prior yoga experience required.  

  • please arrive a few minutes early to give yourself time to set up and not be rushing
  • please bring your own yoga mat and a water bottle
  • wear comfortable clothing that you can easily move in, you’ll want to be barefoot on your mat, so plan accordingly
  • the class is sliding scale donation-based. Please pay what you can, the suggested donation is $10
  • ages 16 and up, please


Savor the Summer: Gluten-free 4th of July Picnic Recipes plus a Picnic Giveaway from MightyNest

G L U T E N – F R E E  P O T L U C K
12:15pm – ?

  • please bring one gluten-free dish to share.
  • I will email everyone a final head count just before, so we know about how much food to make
  • please be mindful of cross-contamination and be aware of ALL ingredients being used, some of those attending do have celiac disease and could easily be affected.
  • if you’d like please consider making a small card to go along side your dish telling folks what it is and if there are any other common allergens in it: nuts, dairy, egg, soy, corn, etc.
  • please remember if you are doing yoga first, your food will be sitting for the 60 minutes we are practicing. If it needs to be kept warm or chilled, bring a small insulated bag or cooler. Obviously picnic foods, salads, snacks, etc – will work best.
  • please bring your own plate and silverware – preferably something eco-friendly that you can take back home with you. I am opting out of buying disposable plasticware for everyone, to avoid the waste. I will try to remember a few additional plates in case anyone forgets again
  • if possible, bring a chair or a picnic blanket for yourself.
  • please note - if you are only joining us for the potluck and you see the yoga class is still going on, please be respectful and quiet until we are finished. no one likes a loud savasana.


** R S V P Required **

please use the form below or email me at tastyyummies {at} to RSVP.
we need an accurate head count so we know how many to expect for food and yoga props.
if anything changes or I need to get a hold of you, I will email.

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Meet Our Sponsor: KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks

Refreshments will be provided by KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks 


Gluten-Free Non-GMO Cantina Style Tortilla Chips will be provided by Cabo Chips

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats {gluten-free & vegan}

This post is part of my restricted diet series on the Free People Blog BLDG 25

Since my daily yoga practice is as important to me as the food I eat, I try to plan ahead with my meals, to make getting to the studio as easy as possible. Lately I have been enjoying daily 6am vinyasa flow classes, so that means getting to bed at a reasonable time and being up at 5am. I don’t eat before I practice yoga, but the minute I come home and walk through the front door I am starving – so I love easy, simple, quick, and healthy breakfast options.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats {gluten-free & vegan}

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