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Bruce Jenner's Salsa

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

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Olympic gold-medal champion Bruce Jenner enjoys cooking and entertaining with his wife Kris and loves spicy dishes.

Jenner, who has co-starred in the popular E! TV reality show that debuted in 2007, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is married to Kris, former wife of the late O.J. Simpson attorney, Robert Kardashian. Jenner's famous stepchildren (and darlings of the paparazzi) include Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Robert Jr. He and Kris married in 1991 and have had two children of their own during their marriage together: Kendall and Kylie Jenner — all six children, Kris, and Bruce play themselves on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Jenner also has two children, Casey and Burt, from his first marriage to Chrystie Crownover, and two sons, Brandon and Brody, by his second wife Linda Thompson, the crowned Miss Tennessee-Universe of 1972 and former live-in girlfriend (from July 1972 to December 1976) of rock 'n roll king Elvis Presley.

Jenner, born on October 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York, placed third in the decathlon at the 1972 U.S. Olympic trials and finished in an impressive tenth place at the 1972 Munich games. He became an American champion in the event and won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He was the 1976 recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Jenner was also the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. He was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Bay Area Hall of Fame and Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Jenner is also a sports commentator and motivational speaker.

 

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Here is Bruce Jenner's recipe for fresh, homemade salsa. Below the recipe is a note about Spike vegetable seasoning, one of the ingredients listed for the salsa.

Bruce Jenner's Salsa

 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, red pepper flakes, Tabasco, lime juice, salt to taste, and Spike vegetable seasoning. Stir well to blend. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Salsa will keep, refrigerated, for several days.

Makes about 1 cup.

 


Spike Info: I've not ever seen Spike vegetable seasoning in my grocery store, so I looked it up to find out what it is. This seasoning blend was created by Gaylord Hauser, the late internationally acclaimed gourmet nutritionist. It's manufactured by Modern Products, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The lengthy list of ingredients in Spike are overwhelming, so making an exact duplicate at home would be difficult. However, if you can't locate Spike or would rather use a DIY spice concoction of your own, I've added Spike's list of ingredients below to give you a starting point.

From what I've learned, Spike seasoning is very popular as it is highly flavorful. However, it claims to contain no MSG (some sources I located said it does contain a small amount), and it does contain hydrolyzed vegetable protein. For those with allergies, this is important to know.

Also note that the first ingredients listed for Spike are salt and sea salt crystals. Jenner's salsa recipe also calls for an unspecified amount of salt, in addition to the teaspoon of Spike seasoning. Seems like an awful lot of salt to me. If you are on a salt-restricted diet, be sure to make the necessary omissions or adjustments.

Since only a teaspoon of it is used in Jenner's salsa recipe, I'm sure you can pick and choose from the list of ingredients below used in Spike to make your own cheaper version of the vegetable seasoning with satisfactory (maybe even better) results:

Salt and sea salt crystals, special high flavor yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, mellow toasted onion, onion powder, orange powder, soy flour, celery leaf powder, celery root powder, garlic powder, dill, kelp, Indian curry, horseradish, ripe white pepper, orange and lemon peel, summer savory, mustard flower, sweet green and red peppers, parsley flakes, tarragon, rosehips, saffron, mushroom powder, parsley powder, spinach powder, tomato powder, sweet Hungarian paprika, celery powder, cayenne pepper, plus a delightful herbal bouquet of the best Greek oregano, French sweet basil, French marjoram, French rosemary, and Spanish thyme.

 

 

 

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Sources:
Biography.com, "Bruce Jenner" (http://www.biography.com/articles/Bruce-Jenner-307180).
Internet Movie Database, "Bruce Jenner," (www.imdb.com).
Leach, Robin, The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Cookbook, Viking Studio Books, NY, 1992.
Wikipedia website, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Jenner).
What's Cooking America website, (http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/AccentSpike.htm).