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Live Life To The Fullest

 

Life is short,

break the rules,

forgive quickly,

kiss slowly,

love truly,

laugh uncontrollably,

and never regret anything that made you smile. 

1 fullestTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore.

Dream.

Discover.

Often attributed to Mark Twain

I am pretty sure the middle portion of the above is Mr. Twains. I have not been able to completely ascertain if the rest of the quote is his. The only place I could find the entire poem or quote attributed to Mark Twain was Yahoo Answers.

But in any event, I think it is a superb philosophy and summary of the way to live life to the fullest as I have ever seen; and in light of the events of the past week I wanted to share it with you.

Featured Recipe    Fruit Salsas

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Another way to live life to the fullest is to eat and fully and completely enjoy the many pleasures of eating delicious food.

Today’s recipes fit that bill to a “T” and then some.

Earlier this week I had some friends I had not seen for a while come visit as they were driving through Ohio on their way to Cleveland. We had plans to eat out at our favorite steak place.

But we had a few hours to kill at my house catching up, laughing, and reminiscing. So I wanted to serve something really cool to nosh on. Not too filling, just something to take the edge off before dinner.

Fruit salsas are easy and delicious. They are eminently flexible for almost any occasion. They can be used at parties, graduations, picnics, and any get together where you want something with WOW Factor!

Fruit salsas are a great after school snack for the kids too, especially if you use cinnamon tortillas. Have to take care of children’s sweet tooth, you know!

Fruit salsas are also good as a side dish with any meat entrée.

You can use anything you want and like in your fruit salsas.

For instance, I do not like cilantro.

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Julia Child, when asked if she would ever eat cilantro answered:

 “Never. I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.”

I like a woman of few words!!! If cilantro was good enough for Julia to hate, then it is good enough for me to hate too. You will never see cilantro in my fruit salsas.

 

A Basic Fruit Salsa recipe would look something like this:

Fruit + onion + Olive oil + Vinegar + parsley + Seasonings + Tortilla chips = Heaven on Earth

By the way, I don’t have real recipes for these. I do not measure anything out. I guess or eyeball it by what it looks like and if it tastes good. I also throw in stuff that I have on hand in my pantry.

Further, what I am giving you today is a technique more than a recipe.

Have Fun. Be creative.
This is what you will need:

 For Mango Blueberry Salsa

Mango

Some blueberries

Shallot

Lime

Olive oil

Champagne vinegar

Pistachios

Parsley

Salt and pepper

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Here is what you do:

Pour about a teaspoon of vinegar in a small bowl. Add some salt and pepper and whisk till emulsified.

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Clean and prep the fruit. Make a small dice since the fruit will be scooped onto a tortilla chip. I do not dice the blueberries.

Dice the shallot and parsley. Set parsley aside.

Chop some pistachios. Set aside.

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Place the fruit and the diced shallot in a bowl. Add the vinegar dressing too the fruit and gently mix.

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Cover with plastic foil and place in the fridge till ready to eat.

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When ready to eat add some lime juice and parsley and mix again. I just squirt the lime, mix, taste till I get the taste I want.

Then top the salsa with the chopped pistachios.

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For Strawberry Salsa

Some strawberries

Shallot

Lime

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Parsley

Salt and pepper

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Here is what you do:

Pour about a teaspoon of Balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Add some salt and LOTS and LOTS pepper and whisk till emulsified. Believe it or not, strawberries, Balsamic vinegar, and pepper were made for each other.

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Clean and prep the fruit. Make a small dice since the fruit will be scooped onto a tortilla chip.

Dice the shallot and parsley. Set parsley.

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Place the fruit and the diced shallot in a bowl. Add the vinegar dressing and the chopped parsley to the fruit and gently mix.

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Cover with plastic foil and place in the fridge till ready to eat.

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When ready to eat add some lime juice and mix again. I just squirt the lime, mix, taste till I get the taste I want.

You will also need:

Tortilla chips of your choice. I like to layer on the flavors  of salsas with some distinctive chips.

Today I served 3 different varieties of chips, including a pita chip. I used regular chips, and for the sweet toothed I had cinnamon chips, and for those who like a bit of heat I used chili lemon chips.

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See. Isn’t that even easier than I said it would be.

Delicious. Tempting.

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Savory. Appetizing.

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Mouthwatering.

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Enticing.

 

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 Nifty Noshing !!!

Cost

It would be very difficult to cost out fruit salsas as each one would be so different.

The Mango Salsa cost me $3.77 for 4 people NOT including the chips. The Strawberry Salsa cost me $2.19 for 4 people NOT including the chips. We did not eat a full bag of chips. The strawberries were on sale.

Quote of the Day

A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.

Chinese Proverb

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10 comments to Live Life To The Fullest

  • I’ll happily eat your cilantro. 🙂 oh heck, I’ll eat Julia’s too. I love fruit salsas!

  • Both look equally enticing.

    I have only seen the middle bit of the quotation attributed to Mark Twain, but it is so true. That’s why I started playing Polo at 50, skating at 55 and learning to play the guitar at 62. Life really is too short to wait.

    • Roberta

      You are so right. I like your attitude. Every day is gift. Make the most of it. Learn and do something new everyday. Attitude is a very important factor to living a long life. Maybe the most important factor.

      As for the quote, that middle part is definitely Twain’s. But a lot of sites have the whole thing attribued to Twain.

  • Love this and love fruit salsas! The interesting thing about cilantro? Some people are genetically programmed to hate it. It’s not a dislike they can override.
    When I first tasted cilantro I thought it tasted like chlorine gas and I hated it. Now I can eat small amounts – but it still tastes like chlorine gas! I simply accept the fact I’m eating chlorine!

    • Roberta

      Interesting about the genetic link and cilantro.

      There is another genetic link not just with cilantro but with all foods, especially spicy hot foods. Have you ever heard of super tasters? Super tasters have more taste buds on their tongue, so that every tatse is stronger tasting than for non-super tasters.

      Glad you like the salsas, Julia. 🙂

  • Yes. My kids tell me I have a super sensitive palate. Intense likes and dislikes. It’s very tough for a restaurant to please me. I’m so incredibly picky I feel bad. But I can’t help it.

  • I will. My dad is picky picky picky. Hates cilantro with a passion.