Condiments

12 Days of Homemade Christmas: Salted Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce

December 9, 2010
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

November 23, 2010

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

November 11, 2010
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

September 22, 2010

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

July 14, 2010
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

July 4, 2010
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

June 16, 2010

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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Chipotle Mayo and Margarita Slaw

April 15, 2009
Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw and Chipotle Mayo

I plan our menu for the week on Sundays. For 5 months out of the year, this is usually an annoying task that I rush to complete in the few minutes between finalizing my fantasy football line-up and kickoff of the Texans game. Tacos three times in 9 days? Sure! And God Bless that gallon [...]

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