Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish

I have to admit, I’m a cranberry sauce snob and I scoff at the idea of eating cranberry sauce out of a can. My skin crawls just thinking about the sound of that deep red blob plopping into a dish.  Every year despite my distain for the gelatinous relic, my mother insists on serving it for Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Homemade Sour Cream

Homemade Sour Cream

I watch a local community college cooking show  on PBS called Charlotte Cooks.  In a tailgating episode, Chef Pamela Roberts mentioned that she made her own sour cream. Even though I make 95% of my food from scratch there are certain food items that I don’t feel the need to attempt at home, like ketchup, biscuits, and sour cream. […]

Avocado Cream Sauce

Avocado Cream Sauce

This cool and refreshing sauce is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican-inspired dishes.  It’s easy to make and lasts for about two weeks in the refrigerator. Avocado Cream Makes about 1 1/2 cups For a thinner sauce, stir in addtional milk until desired consistency. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and […]

Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Vinaigrette

This is my go-to vinaigrette for the summer when tomatoes are at their peak.   It’s quick and simple, and packs a lot of flavor. Tomato Vinaigrette, adapted from Cuisine at Home Makes about 1 cup 1 small vine-ripe tomato, seeded and chopped 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 6 tablespoons light olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons […]

Peach Cocktail Sauce

Peach Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce is a seafood sauce that’s traditionally served with cold cooked shrimp. It’s a simple sauce to prepare,  and it has a freshness that you can’t find in a bottle. Ketchup and prepared horseradish are key ingredients, but the addition of chili sauce adds a zesty tomato flavor. This recipe was inspired by a slightly bruised peach in […]

Apricot Orange Marmalade

Apricot Orange Marmalade

Whernever I’m in New York I love to visit Sarabeth’s Bakery in Chelsae Market. This quaint specialty foods shop offers some of the best food in the city from apple cinnamon french toast to grilled smoked mozzarella sandwiches. However, my favorite food find at Sarabeth’s is the orange-apricot marmalade. I wasn’t a fan of orange marmalade […]

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Summer is my favorite time to make barbecue sauce.  I know I can make it any time during the year but it’s not the same as slathering a homemade sauce on charcoal grilled spareribs or a piece of crispy, juicy grilled chicken at a cook-out with family and friends. This ketchup-based sauce is thick, rich and […]

Chimichurri

Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a popular Argentinean condiment traditionally served with grilled steak. It’s also excellent with chicken and fish.  This versatile sauce is similar to pesto and can be used as a marinade. Chimichurri is typically made from finely chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, white or red vinegar and red pepper flakes. I like a mixture of herbs […]

Mango Chutney

Mango Chutney

Recently, I have become interested in learning more about Indian food.  My experience with Indian cusine was basically limited to the mango chutney I would buy to use in a spiral ham glaze. Since I was familiar with this condiment I thought it would be  a good place for me to start my Indian food study. Mango chutney […]

Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Garam masala (aka Indian spice mix) is probably the most commonly used spice mix in Northern Indian cuisine.  And it would seem that every family has their own special recipe for this ground spice blend.  Garam masala is not spicy hot. Instead, it has a lingering warmth with an earthy flavor.  Typically, it’s made from whole spices and […]