Entries Tagged 'Sauces and Dressings'



Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Creamy Coleslaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Several years ago, while finishing college in Eugene and living with my then new (but now ex) in-laws, I ran across a recipe online for a coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese.  The finished salad was decorated with cherry tomatoes and called Red, White, and Blue Slaw Salad.  I loved the idea of coleslaw with bacon and blue cheese and it turned out to work very well with my standard sweet, tart, and creamy coleslaw dressing.  The salad was a huge hit with the family, who took to calling the salad Nicoleslaw and requested it whenever we’d barbecue. Continue reading →

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Make Your Own Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

If you’re participating in October Unprocessed this month or are just looking to cut some processed foods out of your diet, you might be wondering how to replace some of your favorite store-bought condiments.  One condiment that I had never made myself was ketchup, so I decided to give it a try with a little help from a fellow food blogger. Continue reading →

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Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream

Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream

In honor of the Real Women of Philadelphia cooking video competition, I decided to test out a recipe by one of the finalists.  These Coconut Shrimp Poppers with Chili Mango Cream by finalist Carmell Childs sounded so good, I just had to give them a try.  Amazingly, I managed to stop after just one (told you I was serious about my diet), but the rest were devoured in about five minutes by my friend Phil.  They were delicious! Continue reading →

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Basil Mint Pesto with Walnuts

Zucchini Ribbons with Basil Mint Pesto

I had some bunches of fresh basil and mint in the fridge that needed to be used up, so I combined them with olive oil and walnuts for a bit of a different take on my usual pesto.  The resulting sauce was beautiful and when I tossed it with some sauteed zucchini ribbons, I ended up with a quick, bright, and refreshing lunch. Continue reading →

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Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

I follow lots of great chefs, home cooks, and food enthusiasts on twitter, and find it a constant source of kitchen inspiration.  This recipe was inspired by one of my favorites, Patricia Jinich, also known as Pati of Pati’s Mexican Table.

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Silent Sunday: Quince Season

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pepita Pesto, Pomegranate Arils, and Cotija Cheese

I don’t always love pumpkin soup.  So many winter squash soup recipes out there are very sweet and seasoned with either pumpkin pie spices or store-bought curry powder.  I do love pumpkin pie, but I prefer to eat it after dinner.  I know there’s a reason these flavor combinations are so prevalent – winter squash is absolutely delicious mixed with warm spices and sugar.  I just prefer something a little different in my soup bowl.

This spicy, smoky, and creamy soup is exactly what I was hoping for.  Brightened with a dollop of cilantro-pepita pesto and a generous squeeze of lime juice, it was really hard to stop after one bowl (so I didn’t).  I had some pomegranate arils in the fridge so I added a handful to my bowl along with a sprinkling of crumbled Cotija cheese.  The sweet crunch of the pomegranate seeds and the salty cheese were perfect with the soup and pesto.  And the more lime juice I squeezed on top, the better it tasted. Continue reading →

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Food Blog Friday: Spicy Tomato Jam from Divina Cucina

Spicy Tomato Jam with Goat Cheese

There are tons of tomato jam recipes floating around right now, but the first time I remember reading about it was last summer at Over a Tuscan Stove.  Although Judy cooks, teaches, and blogs from Tuscany, the recipe for tomato jam came from a brochure that a friend mailed her from Sicily.  Like all of my favorite Sicilian recipes, the jam recipe is very simple – just tomatoes, sugar, lemon juice, and a bit of fresh basil.  I bookmarked it back then, but didn’t get around to trying it until recently. Continue reading →

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