My mother makes Salsa Verde ~ Cooking and Preserving the Harvest

My parents are back in Nova Scotia and so we're ditching morning school for the rest of the week to adjust to life without Nana & Papa. Our days are filled instead with lots of sewing and lego play; in case you're wondering where that next homeschool post is... it's coming.

I love having my parents visit. I love sharing my life with both my parents but mom is my best friend (next to Damien) and having her around the house is such a pleasure. She is a busy bee and most of my inspiration for home making, mothering, and hospitality comes from her. When she visits she does laundry (4 loads washed, hung and folded in one day!), plays with the kiddos and even cooks in my kitchen.

This woman, my mom (sporting my proud, beaming face) is THE best. And I haven't even mentioned that she's a writer, supports her local farms, is getting certified in nutrition, mows the lawn, grows beautiful flower gardens, sews, swims, cycles, kayaks and runs (she does this competitively and wins). Yes, she is all that and more. She's MY Mom!

But, this post is supposed to be about the salsa verde she cooked up while visiting. I'm a one-pot wonder kind of cook. I prepare a pot of soup for supper and call it good. My mom is a gourmet cook (Christmas at their house is spectacular), she has both the resources and time to do so, and prepares some of the most amazing food. Appetizers, desserts, main course, soup and the wine to match - she knows it all.

All of that to say this; I wouldn't normally make a salsa to eat with supper. I'm too busy cooking supper! But my mom would and she did during her visit.

green bowl on left is mild version for kiddos - sans chipotle peppers

So without further ado here are the general directions for making Dry-Roasted Garlic Salsa Verde (I made that name up, mom called it tomatillo salsa).

Salsa Verde Recipe

1. Gather lots of tomatillos and garlic, one or two chipotle peppers (in adobo sauce or re-constitute dried ones), one lime & bit of salt.

2. Remove tomatillo husks and broil in oven till soft, watch so they don't burn too much. Peel the broiled skin & discard, chop and put in large bowl.

3. Remove most of the outer skins of the garlic but not too much. Dry roast on a skillet till they look like this. My mom notes that she took too much skin off. Remove skins and chop the garlic. Add to the tomatillos.

roasted garlic

4. Add chopped chipotle peppers, juice from one lime and salt to taste.

(Recipe adapted from a version my parents were served while visiting friends on Cape Breton Island.)

Preserving and Cooking the Harvest


I bought 25 lbs of local tomatoes this week ($10 at Blackies for all you locals) and I froze most of them but today I'm making a damn fine spaghetti sauce from Simple Savvy. The smell of it simmering, while I sit here and eat my three sisters soup for lunch, IS the smell of the fall harvest! I added a bit of red wine (care of my parent's visit) and italian seasoning to mine. I plan to jar and freeze whatever we don't eat tonight for supper. 


While the tomato sauce simmers, my dehydrator is humming away making peach-pear fruit bark for my guys' huge hike this weekend. I LOVE my dehydrator. I use it for preserving but we mostly use it to prepare camp and trail food and to use up fruit and veggies that are past prime - still edible but not fresh. I highly recommend one and even if you don't have a dehydrator here's a couple dehydrating posts that I think you'll find useful.

For more harvest talk check out today's edition of Food Roots at Shannon's lovely Nourishing Days.

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  • Kika

    Kika on Oct. 1, 2009, 6:37 p.m.

    That's wonderful that your mom is, next to your husband, your best friend. What a talented lady she is. I'm sure she is super proud of you too!


  • 5 orange potatoes

    5 orange potatoes on Oct. 1, 2009, 10:35 p.m.

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom. She sounds soooo lovely and I have a feeling her daughter takes after her in a lot of ways! lisa

    5 orange potatoes's last blog post... perfect autumn day!


  • pennie

    pennie on Oct. 2, 2009, 2:08 a.m.

    yeah for moms! i loved reading about your mom and how much you admire and love her. i bet this post floored her! i would love to see a post about me (from my kiddos) like this some day...!

    pennie's last blog post... Kreativ Blogger Award


  • Karen

    Karen on Oct. 2, 2009, 9:32 a.m.

    I am quite speechless - and so honored. If you only knew how inspired I am after our (too infrequent) times of being from my happy heart, Mom.


  • Jody

    Jody on Oct. 2, 2009, 12:21 p.m.

    Ok ~ you guys are gonna make me cry..... You do have an awesome mom, and take after her in many ways ~ Something to be proud of. Heritage & Roots. The Salsa sounds like a fantastic recipe! I will have to bookmark it and try it out. :>)


  • Jenn

    Jenn on Oct. 2, 2009, 2:55 p.m.

    your mom sounds lovely...a real super-hero!! and you are so proud of her. i hope to leave that legacy for my children. i really do. i can't wait to try that recipe...we eat a lot of salsa around here!


  • nicola

    nicola on Oct. 2, 2009, 3:44 p.m.

    your mom sounds amazing! i think having a good relationship with our mothers is a gift and i hope for the same with my kids. salsa verde is delicious. it is one of the ways we use the last of the tomatoes! nicola

    nicola's last blog post... harvesting sunflowers


  • Nicole

    Nicole on Oct. 4, 2009, 5:19 a.m.

    I love to hear you talk about your awsome Mom...I can totally relate, because I have the same kind of Mom! I have told many people that she is like an angel to me! Thanks God for the wonderful blessing of awsome Moms, and may our children someday be able to say the same of us! Nicole


  • Sue

    Sue on May 31, 2012, 2:25 a.m.

    I love your blog. My sister-in-law sent me your way. I'd love to have the spaghetti sauce recipe, but Christine is no longer blogging, and I am having trouble finding the recipe. Would you mind emailing it to me? I'm becoming a fan of "Eat to Live" by Dr Fuhrman..good stuff! The more I read, the more I realize how the body will heal itself with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. I have started to put together my own little cookbook of recipes that I find. I'd love to add this recipe to my book! thanks! Sue ps...I added some of your wonderful recipes also! :)


    • renee

      renee on May 31, 2012, 2:31 a.m.

      Welcome to FIMBY, glad to have you! Sorry, can't help you with the recipe. I just followed her recipe online. 


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