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Holland America Line's Culinary Arts Center program, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, is a groundbreaking program that integrates guests' love for fine food and wine with a unique and entertaining experience. Immerse yourself in the unique traditions and tastes of the ports of call you will visit. Sample fine wines from around the world or learn to make a new gourmet dish in a hands-on cooking class taught by our own Master Chefs or Culinary Guests.

Spicy Pear & Tropical Fruit Salsas

(from A Taste of Elegance, Rudi Sodamin)
Yield: 1 Serving

A salsa is comprised of raw, cooked, or partially cooked ingredients brought together in such a way so that the overall flavor is harmonious even though each component can be tasted distinctly. Flavors and textures are meant to stand out in salsas, unlike in traditional sauces where cooking produces a more homogenous experience. Because of their fresh nature, salsas are best eaten the same day they're made.

Ingredients for Spicy Pear Salsa

Ingredients for Tropical Fruit Salsa

Yield: Approximately 3 cups

  • 2 firm but ripe Anjou or Bosc pears (about 1 ¼ pounds total), peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup (about 2 medium) jalapeno, deseeded, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Yield: Approximately 2 ½ cups

  • ¼ cup peeled, chopped pineapple
  • ¼ cup finely chopped mango
  • ¼ cup seeded and finely diced papaya
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 medium jalapeno, deseeded, deveined, and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Cut the preparation time by substituting drained canned pears for fresh.

In a medium glass or ceramic bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the cilantro and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Season with sea salt and pepper. Stir in the cilantro and serve immediately.

Any leftover salsa makes a terrific marinade for grilled shrimp.

In a medium glass or ceramic bowl, combine all the ingredients except the cilantro and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Stir in the cilantro and serve immediately.

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Articles by Susan Milne

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Vol. 4, Issue 12