This week we offer a super easy step by step recipe for fresh spicy Pico de Gallo which is perfect with chips or as a topping for BBQ meals. The recipe may be a little spicy for some, so you may want to reduce the amount of chili peppers called for and try it.  You can always add more chili peppers if you want to bring the heat up.


2 medium tomatoes – seeded and diced

1/2 red onion – diced

3.5 oz can pitted black olives – drained and chopped

1/2 C chopped hot chili peppers (yellow)

1/2 C cilantro – chopped

1 fresh lime – juice

1/4 C virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp Tequila

1 tsp sugar

salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir and chop larger pieces with spoon.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

It is impossible to make an easier better Pico de Gallo than this one.  Enjoy it with chips, or use it to spice up your BBQ chicken, steak, or fish!


She Who Must be Obeyed and  I took our youngest son and his buddy to Mammoth Ski Resort for spring break.  The snow gods rewarded us for our choice by dumping around 3 feet of powder for  our enjoyment! I have been skiing for ever, and the boys have been boarding for a number of seasons themselves, so the powder didn’t go to waste.

On Friday we choose some runs that were a little out of the way, and found virtually untracked runs for the three of us to carve up.  This was a classic Mammoth day made all the better  by the fact that the weekenders hadn’t arrived yet. We could ski the powder right up to the chair and get on with no wait.  A day to remember for sure.

Next day we hooked up with our friend Mike. The boys and I had a great morning looking for fun runs top to bottom.  I had a noon lunch date with Sue, so knowing how safety oriented Mike is I left the boys in his care.  I knew they would find some fun day old powder to tear up, while keeping it safe.  Mike assured me all would be well, and with that I started down for lunch with the prettiest girl on the mountain.

Sue and I were eating chips, sipping drinks and waiting for our lunch when I got a text from Mike.  Seems Mike thought I would get a kick out the photo of the run they were dropping into. 

Yup, no problem.  Signs read “experts only”, “obstacles below” and other lukewarm warnings.  Good to see the boys were staying out of trouble. Only one thing for me to do, savor  my lunch as much as they were savoring the mountain.

Great trip.  Mammoth is ah …… Mammoth!

Good Eating and Table Talk,


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