If your New Year’s resolutions included being more open to new things, as mine did, don’t forget new recipes, new kitchen products or even a different grocery store.

Perhaps it’s a previously untried vegetable or a new sauce or seasoning, something relatively simple. It’s that something new that can make all the difference in food tastes and the grocery stores or produce markets are full of them.

In this case, it was a salsa that fit the bill. Take a look at all the new varieties on the market and they often vary from store to store and region to region. I perused through shelves filled with items, including a store-brand garlic and lime salsa before settling on a taste of the Southwest, “Sweet Corn Salsa,” a chunky mix of corn, tomatoes, red bell peppers and jalapeños.

Yes, it was labeled “Hot.”

Pair it with beef tips, serve it over rice, or use as filling for pita pockets for a really tasty dinner and keep on the lookout for new and exciting products in your dinner quest. It’s sure to be a great year.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay1@cox.net.