One pot, 15 minutes active time, and you are barely heating up the kitchen - a great summer condiment. Boycott the plastic bottle BBQ sauce! This is rich, thick, and smoky. Fabulous with veggie dogs or roasted/grilled portobello caps.
June 17, 2012
This is a favorite condiment in my house and at Michael's softball team barbeques. It's the perfect thing to make when you have a glut of zucchini in your garden transforming pounds of veggies into a zesty, slightly sweet topping for burgers and hot dogs.
Cranberry BBQ Sauce
November 25, 2012
Sunday...you've eaten those yummy Thanksgiving leftovers for several days now. I always find the item that lingers is cranberry sauce. The can or recipe quantity is huge and a dollop here on your stuffing or sweet potatoes just doesn't make a big enough dent. If this describes your fridge today, here is an in-season condiment that's a great topping for veggie burgers and hot dogs.
Roasted Poblano Aioli
October 23, 2011
My beau's younger brother, Patrick - the newlywed, and I ad libbed this lovely condiment for a casual family dinner at the beach after the wedding. It's great on veggie dogs, with roasted veggies and probably even fish and chicken. To tone down the heat, sub a roasted red pepper for the poblano. For vegan, use only canola oil-based mayo.
February 22, 2009
Patatas Bravas is a very traditional and simple little tapa with crunchy fried potatoes smothered in a creamy tomato sauce. It's a bit high on the calories, fat and carbohydrates contents, but worth the splurge. Michael and I were introduced to this dish in NYC at a tapas restaurant in our neighborhood called 1492. They actually served it with three sauces and many restaurants in Spain do serve these patatas with multiple dips, but I just did the traditional tomato. Other sauces may include a garlic aioli or sweet barbecue. Salud!
March 4, 2012
Even though it's a bit more expensive, I make mustard at home. I can add all sorts of herbs and spices, make it smooth or seeded, or turn up the heat with ingredients like horseradish. This recipe is a basic, lovely version to use as a foundation - take it in any of those directions or enjoy as is. This will be spicy at first, but will mellow over a day or so.
June 23, 2013
Kirby cucumbers, the pickling ones, are in full season so I thought I'd try my hand at homemade pickles. They are twice 'dill-ed' with both dill seed and fresh dill, and packed with a mild vinegar-garlic-pepper brine. Perfect for snacking out of the jar or sliced on your favorite sandwich. These take a week in the fridge, but if you want faster pickles, slice them before they go in the jar. I found that the fridge was far superior to processing the jars in a hot bath. The pickles were brighter and crisper.
Mushroom Onion Rillettes
November 3, 2013
I've been seeing rillettes on a lot of menus lately - perhaps I'm noticing because I'm taking an intro French class! Rillettes is traditionally made by cooking pork over a low temperature for a long time. The fat renders out of the meat and it's packed in jars for winter storage. Here I use the same technique with beautiful portobello and shiitake mushrooms and onions. In place of the natural pork fat, I packed some in butter and some in olive oil. This would be a fantastic Thanksgiving appetizer.
Hot Pepper Jelly
March 17, 2013
I was inspired to turn my Pickled Hot Peppers into jelly after a 15 mile bike ride to Winters, CA ended at a bar where I drank a cocktail with tequila, lime and jalapeño jelly. All the hot pepper jelly recipes I found added cider vinegar - exactly what pickled my peppers. I strained and pureed the hot peppers with some mild peppers, added a bit of sugar and pectin - and tequila cocktail here I come! My recipe is 2 oz tequila, 1 Tbsp jelly and 1/2 lime.
“Meatballs” in Spicy Tomato Sauce
February 8, 2009
This is one of the recipes I made yesterday at my first cooking class, Vegetarian Spanish Tapas. I adopted it from a meat recipe in a book my step-mom gave me that I would assume she bought in Spain because all the measurements were metric. Skillfully overcoming that challenge with the internet, I managed to create a simple, yet tasty dish with vegetarian meatballs that actually held together well. I have seen vegetarian meatballs in the freezer section and I wouldn't hold it against you if you cheated with these, but I have to say these are pretty easy to make as long as you don't mind a bit of a mess in handling the meatball mixture and rolling them into balls. Salud!
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