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Oven Roasted Tomato Salsa

Got tomatoes? Pop some in the oven and whip up this Oven Roasted Tomato Salsa to snack on during the big game or poolside!

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Shopping with kids is always a challenge. Shopping with three kids is simply awful. When they were babies, it was a horrendous experience. I used to wait for the mornings where at least one child was in preschool so I could shop with one less kid. Then the kids got older. Instead of the experience getting better, shopping with my kids got worse. Eventually, I had all three in school and I was able to shop in peace. Until summertime. Then I had no choice but to shop with them for the two months they were home.

Yesterday I dragged them to the grocery store to get a couple of things. As we passed by the greeting cards, Princess and Middle-Child decided it was time to read as many cards as they could get their sticky hands on.

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The Professor followed me and reported to me everything his siblings were doing wrong. While in the dairy section, the kids pointed out which yogurts they wanted me to get. “I’m just getting eggs,” I told them and hurried on.

Frozen foods found me saying no to ice cream, popsicles and taquitos. I quickly grabbed the crackers I needed and dodged buying oreos, milanos and some other cookie I don’t remember the name of. At check out, the three fought over who could help me scan at self-checkout.

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In one week, they will be back at school and shopping will return to be a productive and serene experience. But it certainly will not be as fun!

In other news, we are still happily buried in tomatoes. For every two we eat, it seems that 5 more are waiting to be picked. I roasted some with onions, garlic and poblano peppers. Put it all together with some lemon/lime juice and cilantro and made some heavenly salsa. The roasting heightens the flavor of the vegetables and makes this a little sweeter salsa. This is also a milder salsa, so feel free to add a few jalapeño chiles to roasting party, as well.

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Summer hasn’t completely gone to waste. The Professor started his own blog last week: Boyasaurus.com. He has been a dinosaur buff since he was 4-years old, when we took him to The Natural History Museum in Houston. The giant bones really impressed him! He’s now 10 and hopes to be a paleontologist. His blog will focus on what he loves: dinosaurs, science and crafts. Plus, from a mom’s perspective, it helps him type, write and become tech savvy. So check it out and say hi to my Boyasaurus.

NOTE: The Professor found blogging too difficult to keep up. “No one is reading it, so why should I write on it?” Aint’ that the truth!

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Oven Roasted Tomato Salsa


Laura Bashar

Oven roasted tomatoes bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes. Matched with roasted garlic and poblano peppers and you have one easy and amazing salsa. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 lb tomatoes
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 onion, peeled & quartered
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled & left whole
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup lime juice


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Arrange in one layer in a broiler pan:
    • 2 lb tomatoes
    • 1 poblano pepper
    • 1 onion , peeled & quartered
  3. Set the pan 4-6 inches below the broiler and broil until browned, even lightly blackened, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Using tongs, flip vegetables over and roast other side until browned.
  5. Add to the vegetables:
    • 10 garlic cloves , peeled & left whole
  6. Continue roasting the vegetables and flipping them over until browned all over.
  7. Remove from the oven and let vegetables cool to room temperature.
  8. Remove the stem of the pepper only and add it and the onions to a food processor.
  9. Pulse until coarsely chopped, scraping down with a spatula as needed. Spoon into a mixing bowl.
  10. Remove the core from the tomatoes and place in the food processor.
  11. Pulse again and coarsely puree the tomatoes. Add everything, including the juice, into the mixing bowl.
  12. Stir in until fully incorporated:
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh , chopped, packed
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
  13. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Salsa will keep in the refrigerator, covered for up to 7 days.


Serving Suggestions: Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or spoon over fish, pork or chicken.

Cooking Tips: This recipe yields a mild salsa. For a spicier salsa add 3 jalapeño chiles and roast with the tomatoes and poblano pepper.

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Yield: 12 servings

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