Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts

During the Christmas season I like to make finger foods and snacks for my guests instead of a full heavy meal. This makes it easier for me to socialize and I don’t spend the entire party in the kitchen cooking. I like to start the evening off with something crunchy that goes well with holiday cocktails. This […]

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. […]

Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway

Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway

As a thank you for participating in the Frugal Cook-Off, I received a $100 Food Lion gift card to giveaway to a lucky Queen City Kitchen reader. Since this is my first giveaway, I’ll keep it simple.  All you have to do is ‘Like’ Queen City Kitchen on Facebook and answer a question on my blog. […]

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup aka sugar syrup is a common sweetener used in various cocktail and drink recipes. As the name implies, it is very simple to make with equal parts water and sugar. You can easily prepare a small batch as well as a large batch that can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. […]

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is so easy to make and it only requires 3 ingredients: heavy cream, sugar and a bit of vanilla extract.  It has a better taste than any whipped topping you could buy in the store. There are a few things to keep in mind when making your own whipped cream.  1) Chill […]

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce

There is nothing like homemade caramel sauce. It has a rich lusciousness that is absent in most store-bought caramel sauces.  Believe it or not, it’s quite simple to make it from scratch. However, you need to pay attention to what you’re doing when you make this sauce.  This is not the time to multitask and I […]

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 […]