Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cooking with Jack: M-A-N-G-O, and Salsa Is It's Name-O

Welcome to another installment of the internet's least popular culinary show, "Cooking with Jack." As Julia Child once noted, "Got more time for misbehavin’….since I started microwaving…!!" Keeping that spirit in mind (and deciding it was too hot to turn on the oven), I've decided to share a quick and easy salsa recipe.

Take a mango. Did you know that mangoes are members of the Anachardiaceae family? You did? Then you're a bigger nerd than I thought. Well then, I guess you know that they're also distant relatives of the cashew, pistachio, Jamaica plum and (no kidding) poison ivy/poison oak. Ayyyyy! I got some on me!


This recipe is so freakin' quick and easy that I'm going to waste some time teaching you the coolest trick you can do with a mango. I'm serious! Cut each side as close to the core as possible, so that you have two big slices.

Now take your knife and slice a grid all the way to (but not through) the outer skin.

If it doesn't look like this, go back to the beginning of this post (do NOT collect $200!) and start over.

Apply gentle pressure from the back of the mango skin, and get ready...


Amaze your kids! Impress your guests! Get off to a really bad start at a job interview! 

Okay, enough fun and games. It's salsa time! Cut the mango up and put it in your own fiery salsa bowl.


Now take a cucumber. Hey, that reminds me of a joke: What's green and has wheels? A cucumber with wheels. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Okay, peel, seed and cut up the cucumber, being careful not to cut yourself from laughing so hard you shake.

You say "to-may-to", I say "luscious piece of summer deliciousity"...

Choppity, chop, chop.

(singing) It's beginning to look a lot like Salsa-mas.

Add a dash of lime and the juice from one salt container...

Si, El Diablo... I almost forgot to add the japaleƱo pepper. (Note: ever since I went to the Fair a dozen or so years ago and heard a vendor hawking "Fresh cornbread with jap-aleno peppers, " I've been calling them "japalenos". It's just more fun to say!

You can add cilantro if you (a) have cilantro and (b) don't hate cilantro.


Next on "Cooking with Jack"
What do you do with leftover mouse?


  1. "Deliciousity" is my new favorite word. And once, a White Castle near my house was advertising "Jajapeno Cheeseburgers", and I've called them that ever since.

  2. That looks delish!!!!!!!!!!! Could you cut up everything for me??? ;-) I love your picture posts - a natural comedian with learning behind it all!

  3. Yumm-o. And I would add cilantro. I love cilantro. Lot's of it!

  4. I thought you were about to add the mouse to the salsa. The missus has joined me in re-dedicating. I'll be showing her this recipe. It looks tasty...and different. Which is so helpful considering food choices can get stale.

  5. Doesn't everyone say tom-ah-toe? Jel-ap-enos are a fav here, too. Love mahn-gos. Never considered throwing them all together. Good lookin' out!

  6. Please tell me the mouse was not injured in the making of this post.

  7. Mouse Mousse?
    LoCarb, of course!

  8. I think if you have a left over mouse, your problems are a lot bigger than you think they are. looks tasty.

    The salsa. Not the mouse.

  9. uh DANG.
    And here I thought I needed me a WIFE.
    I need me a JackSh*t.

  10. needed cilantro....

  11. Looks yummy Jack, well up until the mouse part -Syl hates mice!

  12. Appropriate usage of your "Cerveza Por Favor" Corona shirt. Well done sir.

  13. Dang - you're good with that mango! When i do it it looks like mush.....

  14. That was awesome, glad I looked you up! SO funny. And looks pretty good, i ll have to try the recipe!
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  15. Another great post...looks delicious :)



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