This isn't a complaint singular to Sauver though. Most food magazines these days have ingredients that are unavailable in NNY. Taste of Home and Cooks Country magazines and even Pioneer Woman used to be pretty good about keeping to basic ingredients, but even they have strayed over to the Vietnamese grocery store. Maybe a lot of grocery stores in America carry exotic items, but I had a hard time finding arugula around here. Let alone various fish sauces and miso. I have always thought someone should make a cookbook with basic ingredients. There are old cookbooks of course, but they sometimes call for things that don't exist anymore. (Oleo any one?) And tastes change. Modern tastes are much more intense than years ago when spices, sugar, and seasonings were more expensive or less available. Whoever wrote this cookbook would have to live in Podunk, Nowhere, just to be sure to get the most basic ingredients in the book. That would be a useful book. I am not at all against exotic food and would shop at the Vietnamese grocery as much as the next amateur global chef, mispronouncing every ingredient I asked for, but that is not my reality. And I think there is a large portion of America that shares that reality. Maybe not a large portion population wise, but land wise. There are a lot of very rural parts of America. Northern New York is practically metropolitan compared to parts of Montana or Nevada. Let alone Alaska.
So someone, write that cookbook!
In the meantime, I am going to give you my salsa recipe. I wrote about one years ago, from a canning website, but since that was intended to use tomatoes by the bushel, it isn't an all the year around recipe. This particular recipe I got from Tricia O'Neil in Alaska. I adored her salsa. And now that I have her recipe, people like my salsa.
1/2 bunch of cilantro, stems removed, or not
14 oz Italian Stewed Tomatoes
3-5 jalepenos, depending on how hot they are
3 cloves garlic
1/2 of an onion
a dash or two of salt
Juice of half a lime
Pulse in food processor (blender can work, but not as well) or chop it all by hand (a lot of work).
Ta-da! Joy in a bowl.
These are terrible pictures. I didn't want to take off my zoom lens, so it was a little tricky getting these pictures.
Dad considers cilantro to be a travesty perpetrated on an innocent populous, but I adore it. I never had it until I went to Alaska, and now it is one of my pantry staples. I almost always have it in my fridge. Since it is only 78 cents a bunch at Walmart, I consider it an allowable extravagance. (Does anyone else love buying things that are less than a dollar? Jalepenos are like that too. Buying a jalepeno or two is generally about 20 cents, which delights me. It is so hard to find things that are less than a dollar nowadays. Besides baking soda and salt.) Cilantro is easy as pie to grow too, dumping seeds in the ground when it warms up a little.