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Pico de Gallo (beak of the rooster)

Cilantro: One good-sized handful of leaves, thicker stems removed. Chop ’em fine!

Tomato: 10-12 medium-sized tomatoes, diced. (A meaty type like Roma works well.)

Jalapeño: 2 or 3 fresh, firm jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped. Like it hot? Add a small amount of the white pith, which holds far more heat than the seeds.

Onion: White or red onion works, but green onions aren’t as strong and blend in perfectly. Finely chop about 8 stalks.

Lime: Add the juice of 2-3 limes, to taste. Salt liberally. Allow the salsa to sit for a few hours before serving. Add some of the salsa juice to ripe avocado for guacamole perfection!

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