New Local Mexican Salsa is Already a Mild, Medium and Hot Buy

It’s not every day in the Mohawk Valley that someone launches a new food product, and when it does happen, it’s almost never Mexican. That all changes with New Hartford’s Becky Martyniuk as she debuts her new Chica Celita’s restaurant style salsa.

Becky, a local massage therapist is of Mexican descent and she has an amazing recipe for restaurant style salsa that has everybody talking.

“It’s delicious,” said WIBX’s Andrew Derminio who tried the product during a tasting at Townsquare Media, just days after it hit local store shelves.

The recipe comes from Becky’s grandmother Celita and it is amazingly delicious.

We are happy to share our family tradition with you. Open a jar and start your party.

Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

“Celita believed that great food should be shared with friends and family,” said Martyniuk of her grandmother. “Growing up in Puebla, Mexico, this salsa recipe was front and center at the best parties for many generations. We are happy to share our family tradition with you. Open a jar and start your party,” she said.

The salsa comes in mild, medium and hot, is gluten-free, and is all-natural. The ingredients are simply tomatoes, jalapeƱo, pepper, spices, garlic, and salt, and there’s no added sugar.

Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

Photo courtesy of Becky Martyniuk for TSM

Chica Celita’s salsa is now available in stores at Chanatry’s, Utica Bread (all 3 locations),
Street Corner Market, Peter’s Cornucopia, Nelson Farms (in store and online), DeSantis Meat Market in Barneveld, and The Lowville Cheese Store.

Martyniuk bottles and produces the salsa using the services of Nelson Farms in Casanovia, which is a New York State FDA-inspected food processing incubator. They are also “used as an experimental laboratory for SUNY Morrisville students in several programs of study, allowing them to gain real-world experience in agritourism, marketing, entrepreneurship, dietetics/nutrition, and value-added agriculture and development,” according to their website.

Utica’s Chicken Riggies Dish Wasn’t Invented in Utica? Say It Isn’t So.

The now-famous Utica Chicken Riggies recipe has taken on a life of its own. The dish is now found well outside the Utica-Rome area and it’s getting more and more popular as word spreads around the northeast. While there are many variations of the dish today, there’s still only one original recipe. So, who created the first “Riggies” recipe and where did it really originate.

25 Simple Additions to Make Your Back Yard More Like a Resort Vacation

The pandemic and shutdown of 2020 had people stuck in their homes and nobody was traveling. Many people took the extra time to turn their own back yards into a summer oasis, even though in the northeast, summer weather only lasts 3 months.

Here are some fairly easy ways to make your back yard feel like you’re on vacation.

9 New Favorites from the New Menu at Utica’s 72 Tavern and Grill

The 72 Tavern and Grill, a Utica, NY sports bar and restaurant connected to the Adirondack Bank Center, has now re-opened after an 18-month COVID-19 shutdown. The grand reopening has featured previous favorites from the previous menu, and some new updated menu items. Here are photos taken by photographer Nancy L. Ford of some of our favorites tasted during the restaurant’s soft opening.

Utica, NY Police Department’s Top Ten Most Wanted

The City of Utica Police Department in Utica, New York has released its Top Ten Most Wanted List for the month of February 2022.

Several of those listed have previously been featured in separate posts about individual crimes, on a previous wanted list, or as the Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers Wanted Person of the Week.

The reader is reminded that all persons, either of suspected or arrested in connection to, a crime, are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the individuals listed is asked to call police or the local Crime Stoppers.

The Utica Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division can be reached at: (315) 223.3510.

Calls, e-mail, and messages may also be left anonymously with Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers by calling: 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS)by visiting www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips mobile app. All information received by Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers is 100% confidential.

Chef’s Express Bakery Opens In Downtown Utica

The grand opening of Chef’s Express on Genesee Street in Utica recently took place.The bakery provides raining for people supported by the ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter.

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