Condiments

Artichoke Pesto

Some condiments just go with everything. Like ranch dressing. Or, if you ask The Foodie Groom, barbecue sauce. Then there’s artichoke pesto. The Foodie Groom is a huge artichoke fan so I started making an artichoke pesto to go with our sandwiches on soup & panini night. We liked the pesto so much that we [...]

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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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