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Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe


A colorful dish of delightful flavors – ideal with summer cocktails
on the patio, beach or boat!

4 large ripe mangos* sliced and chopped to 1/4 inch chunks (plus mushy parts)
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped to 1/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger root
1-2 small, but fiery red jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber (sking and seeds removed)

optional: 2 or 3 large ripe peaches – also finely chopped
whole cilantro leaves without stems for garnish

Chia Head Shrek & Mango 16 x 12 open edition printChia Head Shrek & Mango

TOOLS
a good peeling and chopping knife
a large glass bowl for mixing – you may want to serve in this as well
bowl or container for peelings (makes great compost for your garden)

*4 good sized, ready-to-be-eaten Mangos (from your favorite tree or market). Here in Miami, the Florida ‘Haden’ is usually readily available and I believe these are one of the most popular varieties sold in supermarkets. If you can fine “Nam Doc Mai” Thailand mangos, these would make an exceptionally sweet and aromatic salsa. Good to use all of the same kind, but mixing 2 different kinds of mangos can create a unique flavor to this dish.

Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of serving time. Serve at room temperature with scoop shaped corn chips. Salsa is also an excellent marinade/condiment to fish or chicken dishes.

Recipe makes about 3 cups (4 if you add the peaches)
Yum… just typing this out has my mouth watering. ENJOY!  

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17th Annual International Mango Festival this weekend!

JULY 11 and 12, 2009 – time for one of my favorite events of the summer. The annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Just writing about it brings visions of all kinds of colorful and delicious, mangos from around the world. There are mango tastings, mango brunch (already sold out!), mango smoothies, cream puffs, wonderful new recipes and the delightfully entertaining, Mango auction  hosted by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit. All guaranteed to make you forget how hot and humid Miami can be at this time of year and remember how amazing it is to experience this incredibly magical 83 acre tropical garden!
I’ll be there Sunday morning, helping out in Mango Tree Sales (unless they sell out on Saturday!)

To further celebrate my favorite festival, MANGO BLUE Tote Bag is on SALE for the rest of JULY! Order yours today and save 30% off the regular price. 

photo: Paul Andre Photography. model: Diane Mooney

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BAG OF THE WEEK SALE June 17-23

This week’s featured bag is on Sale for 25% off retail price.
 

Fuschia Orchid Cascade Reflections
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This Classic Tote Bag is a must-have style with plenty of space for all
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The interior fabric lining is vibrant pink, chosen to
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Weight: approx: 1 lb, Dimensions: 12.5?W x 10?H x 5?D

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This sale ends at midnight on June 23, 2009

BAG OF THE WEEK SALE – June 10-16

This week’s featured bag is on Sale for 25% off retail price.
 

Dracena II Reflections
shares the energy of
passion . vitality . fertility . sexuality

This Classic Tote Bag is a must-have style with plenty of space for all
your necessities. A top zipper closure and multiple interior
pockets keep your personal items safe and secure. The bag
is accented with black canvas trim, handles, and stitching.
The interior fabric lining is vibrant pink, chosen to
complement this Nature’s Energy Design


CLASSIC TOTE BAG FEATURES:
A Unique Nature’s Energy design on both sideselegant and
durable microfiber material, interior zipper pocket, interior
attached key fob, protective metal feet, cell phone and
mirror pockets, 24″ handles stitched to sides
Weight: approx: 1 lb, Dimensions: 12.5″W x 10″H x 5″D

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO ORDER
YOUR NEW CORTESE DESIGN BAG TODAY!

This sale ends at midnight on June 16, 2009

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