Cooking Matters Mango Salsa

My new friend, Dorothy Hernandez, is the social media coordinator for Cooking Matters Michigan. It’s a cooking based nutrition education program operated locally by Gleaners Community Food Bank. She found my blog when she was looking for local bloggers who have a passion for food and cooking. That’s me.

Dorothy and Cooking Matters Michigan invited me to participate in a special event created for Detroit’s food blogging community. Dorothy wants to encourage local food bloggers to share their strengths with one another and learn a wealth of valuable food tips from professional chefs and dietitians in the process.

On Monday, July 16th we were invited to join other Detroit food bloggers for a Cooking Matters for Bloggers mock class. Cooking Matters is an interactive, hands-on six-week cooking based nutrition education program that aims to empower low-income families with the skills, confidence and knowledge to prepare delicious and nutritious meals at home. These courses are taught by volunteer chefs and dietitians who teach food safety, culinary skills and nutrition information. This national program is part of Share Our Strength‘s campaign to end childhood hunger in America, began in 1993. It has grown to serve more than 12,000 families a year. In southeast Michigan, the program has grown to serve more than 1,000 adults, teens and kids every year.

We talked to Dorothy before the class. Here’s a video of part of our discussion.

Dorothy shared this great mango salsa recipe with all the bloggers.  It’s delicious! So, now I’ll share it with you.

2 large ripe mangoes ( I used 3.)
1 small cucumber
2 medium green onions
1 medium jalapeño pepper
2 medium limes
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro ( I used mint.)

1. Rinse mangoes, cucumber, green onions, jalapeño pepper and limes.
2. Peel mangoes. Cut mango flesh from the pits.

3. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise.

Diced cucumbers
4. Remove seeds.  ( I used a English cucumber and skipped the seeding but I did peel it.)
5. Dice mangoes and cucumber. Finely chop green onions.

Diced mangos

Green onions
6. Cut jalapeño pepper in half lengthwise. Remove stems and seeds and dice.


Diced jalapeno
7. Rinse and chop cilantro. (Or in my recipe, mint.)


Chopped mint
8. Cut limes in half. Squeeze juice from each half into a medium bowl. Discard seeds.

9. Add mangoes, cucumber, green onions, jalapeño and salt to bowl with juice. Add mint. Mix well.

Mango Salsa
10. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

I used this mango salsa as a side dish for grilled skinless chicken breasts. Yianni loved it.

Grilled chicken breast & mango salsa

You can follow Cooking Matters Michigan on Twitter and on Facebook. Thanks Dorothy. I’m looking forward to more events with Cooking Matters Michigan.

Tweetea & Detroit Moxie go to Ford House

My friends Hubert Sawyers III of Tweetea and Becks Davis of Detroit Moxie organized a wonderful event last night for a group of us social media devotees to tour The Edsel  & Eleanor Ford House.

Photography is only allowed on the grounds, not inside the house that was designed by Albert Kahn to resemble a cluster of Cotswold village cottages. Here’s me doing my best to pretend for the camera that I live there! Jens Jensen designed this, at the time, modern landscape. I tried to capture the incredible beauty with my camera. 

the grounds in front of the entrance…

the entrance to Ford House…

the lagoon that once was connected to Lake St. Clair…

slate roof with stone shingles and leaded glass windows…

the lake shore view…
You can see more photos of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in my Flickr set.


Haggis!We had some delicious haggis at Robert Burns Night at the Kilgour Scottish Centre. My photo got a bit of attention. I have had two requests for permission to reprint it. One was from the Haggis group on Flickr and the other was from the Kilgour Scottish Centre’s monthly newsletter.

I have tasted haggis several times. The first time was on a visit to Scotland. The haggis served at the Robert Burns Night at the Kilgour Scottish Centre was very good.