One of the best parts of the summer harvest is that we get to make one of our favorite additions to Mexican food from ingredients out of our own garden. Pico de gallo is made from tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. We've been making it for years, but last night was the first time we've ever made it with all of our own ingredients: fresh Healthkick roma tomatoes, fresh jalapenos, fresh cilantro, and the juice from fresh picked limes out of the greenhouse. The Copra onions were keepers from last year's garden and still good; the onions in the garden aren't quite ready yet.
We use a lot of our own ingredients for another favorite of ours, basil pesto, which we add to not only Italian food, but sandwiches, grilled food (like salmon and chicken), and just about everything. The basil leaves are always out of our garden, along with our own garlic. However, unlike pico de gallo, I don't think it'll ever be all our own. The olive oil is problematic, and also the parmesan cheese (although my sister makes great cheeses and might be able to help us out). We have a couple almond trees in the orchard that we hope to eventually provide us nuts that we could use (we switched from pignolias, ie. pine nuts, to blanched almonds last year as the pine nuts just got too expensive, and we couldn't tell the difference in a taste test.)
I can't wait for our avocado trees to start producing avocados for our guacamole.
One of the joys of gardening/farming: getting to use your own fresh ingredients in cooking!