Condiments

Homemade Red Wine Vinegar

Ever end up with leftover red wine? Yeah, me neither. We’re hobbyist home vintners. Over the last 4 or 5 years, we’ve bottled (and drank!) several varietals. We started a merlot that promised to be outstanding. And then life got in the way… and I pushed that outstanding merlot too far. We were left with [...]

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12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

The difference between the Day 2 goodie and the Day 8 goodie is only a few degrees but I felt that even that smallest difference deserved its own mention. When cooked to the appropriate temperature, this rich, buttery sauce will produce perfect caramel candies. When cooked for only a few minutes, you end up with [...]

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Cranberry-Apple Sauce, Two ways

One of my favorite bloggers, Josie of Pink Parsley Catering, blogged a homemade applesauce a little while back that stopped me dead in my tracks. Once I recovered, I headed straight to the kitchen. The Foodie Baby, boy, was she in for a treat! I temporarily retired last fall, so I had “plenty” (ha!) of [...]

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Whole berry Cranberry Sauce

One of my most favorite holiday sides growing up was Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. You know the kind – the ruby-red cylinder of solid jelly that came pre-marked with it’s “just slice here” ridges from the can. It made a distinct noise as it wiggled free and slid from the can. A jiggly wedge [...]

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Steaks with Cilantro-Corn Gremolata

I haven’t always been steak savvy. Proof? I once cooked a T-bone in the crockpot. I wanted a barbecue beef sandwich and figured that a T-bone + barbecue sauce would cut it. The horror on a friend’s face when I told them my plans for dinner! When you buy a slab of steak at the [...]

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Crab Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

Crab Cakes with Spicy Avocado Sauce

The seafood counter at my grocery store makes a killer Maryland crab cake. I just happened to walk by as they were setting up the demo area to showcase on-sale crab. I could buy crab… or I could just buy the crab cakes they were making fresh right in front of me, behind the seafood [...]

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Blackberry Spread

Blackberry Spread

Blackberry love is a cycle. It starts with excitement over seeing the juicy black jewels in the grocery store. Love sets in with the first bite of a bursty, baked berry. It can quickly get ugly, though. If cooler heads don’t prevail (as in, The Foodie Groom stays behind while I head to the grocery [...]

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

I like to give The Foodie Groom grief about some of his eating habits. Because I’m mean. And it’s fun Back in the day, the only green food he would even consider eating was guacamole. And regardless of the restaurant, if they had chicken quesadillas on the menu, he ordered them. When we went out [...]

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