Hot, Spicy Salsa–Brienne Cross’s Secret Passion

Note: this article appeared a couple of months before Brienne Cross’s death.

By Trent Chilcott, March 27, 2009, The Malibu Dawn Patrol, “Your Weekly Entertainment Magazine”

MALIBU, CA. How much do you love salsa? Brienne Cross loves her cousin Lindy Spencer’s Sassy Salsa so much she has containers of it sent to her when she’s on the road and to her home in Malibu when she isn’t.

She even makes it a requirement that the salsa, along with her favorite baked blue corn tortilla chips, be provided in her dressing room for each concert.

The cousins first met six years ago when Brienne Cross was starting up her country music career and briefly lived in Nashville.

“We have a lot of fun,” said Lindy when I caught up with her last week at her home near Oklahoma City. “I go to her concerts and even spent a week on the bus when she was on tour.”

Lindy knows a thing or two about the musician’s life. She’s married to John Spencer, who plays drums every week with the classic rock/red dirt country band, “Mitch Cason and the Big Idea.”

Having been to one of Brienne’s parties, I know firsthand what great salsa this is. Lindy gave me permission to share the recipe, below:


6 Roma Tomatoes, top ends cut off
1 slice medium onion
6 rounds sliced jarred jalapenos, or 4 rounds fresh sliced jalapeno
1/3 cup chopped Cilantro
Salt to taste
1 pinch Garlic Powder

Chop by hand or use an electric chopper. By hand, chop all the ingredients very small and toss together in bowl.

If using an electric chopper, toss in the onion, jalapeno slices, cilantro, salt, and garlic powder. Chop until it’s fine and mixed well, and pour into bowl.

Cut tomatoes into chunks separately, toss in and chop, then add to onion mixture in bowl.

Lindy says, “Dip a chip in for a taste test. Add more salt and garlic powder if necessary. Do this taste test until you’re not hungry anymore!”

It’s easy to see why Brienne Cross spends two hours every day in the gym.

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  1. Lindy Spencer says:

    Brienne was definitely a fan of my salsa. I can’t even tell you how many states I shipped it to for her so she’d have it in her dressing room. That girl was so bubbly and full of life, I couldn’t have told her no if I’d wanted to. I’m glad we got to know each other and became friends; she was beautiful inside and out. An amazing person gone too soon from this world. I hope the police are able to solve the mystery soon of what happened up there.

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