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Very Inspiring Blogger Award and a Killer Salsa Recipe

Posted on September 1st, 2012  |  12 Comments

I done got me an award :) Much thanks to Frank from Kraemer’s Culinary Blog for nominating The Talking Kitchen for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I feel totally honored and somewhat unworthy of such an award, but it also brings a huge smile to my face and has inspired me to step up my game even more and live up to the title.

Here’s the lowdown on passing on this award and sharing the love:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Post the award image to your page (the first image on the post).
3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know they’ve been nominated.
5. Post the rules in your blog post.

 Facts about me:

Grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, I don’t mind the crowds, the small isles or all the free samples.

My favorite color is blue, and I have no shame wearing 3 different shades of it at one time.

I think I’m an animal whisperer, especially with cats.

I’m a Michigan football FANatic, almost to an unhealthy level.

To me, there is no such thing as too much garlic.

My mom gave me a bob-cut when I was a kid and I’ve been growing out my hair ever since.

My Starbucks drink is a triple espresso con panna (with whipped cream), it’s amazing and so addicting.

15 Inspiring Blog Nominees:




Made in Sonoma

Make it Naked

My Little Celebration

Oatmeal After Spinning

Pickles and Honey


The Roasted Root

Running to the Kitchen

Sugar Spice and Bacon

The Actor’s Diet

The Vanilla Bean Blog

Wishful Chef

All beautiful blogs that have personally inspired me and many others.

AND since it’s Saturday, sorry, correction, since it’s Football Saturday, and I’ve been too lazy this week to post, and because it’s labor day weekend, I got a killer recipe for ya’lls.

Pico de gallo, salsa, toMAto, TOmato, it’s all the same to me. I like chunks in my food, texture, a little substance and sometimes even a little heat. This bad boy covers all the bases and even has a spicy kick to boot.

There’s not much else to say about this fresh, naturally fat free, hard to share, devourworthy side dish, except that it’s the perfect appetizer for pretty much any occasion.

You also get some great dicing practice in, though a food processor pulsed a few times would probably yield something similar, I like playing with knives.

And eating an entire bowl of this to myself.

Make your own.


Pico de Gallo Salsa

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients (2-3 cups)

  • 3 Roma tomatoes (med/lg), diced
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno (1/2 seeds removed, optional), finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped cilantro


Combine everything into a medium bowl and toss.

Serve with baked tortilla chips and enjoy!

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12 Responses

  1. that IS a killer salsa recipe – thanks for the award, hon. have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Thanks for the award! :)

    I LOVE pico de gallo. It’s seriously the best.

  3. Faith says:

    Thanks Lauren! So sweet! I’m quite flattered.

  4. I could definitely eat that whole bowl myself! Looks delish:) Thanks so much for the award-what a way to celebrate Labor Day weekend:)

  5. Thanks a bunch for the nomination, Lauren! Your salsa looks amazing and I love your site, delicious recipes and gorgeous photos!

  6. Thanks for the nomination, Lauren :)
    This salsa is right up my alley, so simple…and beautiful photos!

  7. sarah says:

    Thank you so much Lauren! So very kind. You have a lovely blog! It’s a good way to spend this Monday morning. :)

  8. Thanks for your nomination, doll! That means a lot coming from such a beautiful blogger like you!
    And YUM to this recipe- I make something very similar whenever we do taco night (which is almost every week). I sometimes add avocado or corn too. YUM.

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