Condiments

DIY: Crushed Red Pepper

September 3, 2012
Homemade Crushed Red Pepper

One of the biggest pains in the garden this year, besides fire ants and weeds, has been the Serrano plant. It’s a hold over from last year’s garden and the only reason it got a reprieve was because I got it mixed up with the jalapeno plant. Serrano peppers are hot. Really hot. Too hot [...]

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Balsamic Pickled Cherries

August 1, 2012
Balsamic Pickled Cherries

If we are what we eat, my stellar eating habits over the last two months would produce some sort of cherry-Sauza-Cool Ranch Doritos hybrid. But mostly cherries. We took advantage of cherries being so plentiful and affordable this summer. Was it like that everywhere else? I swear that this was the first summer they virtually [...]

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DIY: Homemade Garlic Chile Sauce

July 11, 2012
Homemade Garlic Chile Sauce

Oh, sriracha. I adore that stuff. At some point in the last year or so, it supplanted Tobasco as my favorite hot sauce. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, and with a nice dose of garlic, it’s far more flavorful than the little bottle with the red lid. And with only 5 ingredients, it’s so easy to [...]

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Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cherry Barbecue Sauce

June 25, 2012
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Cherry Barbecue Sauce

“UUUGHHH. I hope you’re not making brownies again.” Ugh? Brownies? I’ve know the man for 8+ years and I’m pretty sure those two words have never been uttered in the same sentence. Who says something like that? Other than someone who has seen a new pan of brownies on the counter every week for the [...]

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

April 24, 2012
Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Ranch Dressing

We have previously discussed my obsession love for homemade ranch dressing. Or straight-off-the-shelf-in-a-squeeze-bottle ranch dressing. And I know you guys love it, too – it’s consistently in the top 10 recipes visited here. And if you like the spicy, smokey flavors of chipotle peppers, you’re going to love this version, too. We’ve been keeping a [...]

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Pimento Cheese

April 5, 2012
Pimento Cheese

Growing up, my mom adored Pimento Cheese sandwiches. And as a kid who saw nothing more than a scary bowl of nuclear orange spread, I couldn’t get passed the word Pimento. Yet I could knock back a bag of dye- and preservative-laden fried chip-puff thingies, no questions asked. She’d slather a big spoonful on a [...]

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Grapefruit Marmalade

February 23, 2012
Ruby Red Grapefruit Marmalade

Happiness comes in a jar. I’ll also concede that it often comes in a corked bottle. And a salt-rimmed glass. But for today, it’s jarred. Last Christmas, my Secret Santa Megan sent me a jar of her homemade Pink Grapefruit Marmalade in my squee-inducing box of goodies. And it was gone in no-time (as was [...]

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Blood Orange Curd

February 10, 2012
Blood Orange Curd

When you whisk together a simple mixture of butter, eggs, sugar, lemon, and blood orange juices, what you get is a beautiful pink shade of spreadable happiness. And a stained white shirt. With the number of aprons I own, there’s really no excuse for that. We’ve whipped up a couple of batches of blood orange [...]

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