Office birthday parties are a thing of beauty. Food is brought in, there’s usually cake, and it doesn’t even matter if you know whose birthday it is, or if you even know that person at all.

We had a birthday at the paper last week. And I did know the person this time, so I felt even less bad about helping myself to her birthday cake and a pile of chips and homemade salsa.

Then I had the joy of tracking down the maker of the salsa, because it was really good, and I had to have the recipe (so you could have the recipe, of course!).

Turns out it was made by Elly, a copy writer upstairs in advertising. She avoids spicy foods, so likes to make her own salsa so that she has something to enjoy at parties. She says you could probably put jalapenos in it, if you’re that kind of person, but I thought it was just great without.

She is no-such-thing-as-a-recipe cook, so here’s what she remembers putting in the batch: 1 can black beans, 1 can corn (both drained), probably about 10 Roma tomatoes, one bunch cilantro, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, juice from 2 limes, 2 cans mild roasted green chilies, lots of fresh garlic (probably about five cloves in this batch) and salt.

Mix it all together, let the flavors meld for a while and enjoy with a whole bunch of chips, or on top of stuff.

(And happy birthday, again, Missy).