Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

Homemade Spicy Ranch Dressing

My hubs says this is the best ranch dressing he has ever had. I don’t know about that, but it’s good! I think it’s just because it’s homemade. You decide!

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Fresh Poteet Strawberry Jam

Every year, I make the 45 minute trek to Poteet, Texas, for a flat of strawberries. Poteet is just south of San Antonio and is known as the Strawberry Capital of Texas. They even host the annual Poteet Strawberry Festival celebrating the many strawberry farmers in the area. The soil in Poteet is sandy, making it perfect for growing these luscious berries. Here is my recipe for strawberry jam that only uses about 2 pints of berries.

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

Falafel Bowl w/Mediterranean Couscous Salad, Edamame & Green Tahini Sauce

This gorgeous bowl has all the goods! The Mediterranean Couscous Salad has tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, olive oil and mint from my garden. The falafel and edamame were the perfect toppers! What took it over the top? The Green Tahini Sauce! Now, don’t mind me, I’m going to sit on my back porch all by my lonesome & enjoy this bowl!

Hearty Red Sauce

Hearty Red Sauce

I made this one day after reading a fellow foodies Instagram post about this fab sauce. We just had a party and had a lot of left over veggies from a grazing platter and this was going to be perfect to use them up. It’s rich, flavorful and has a lovely texture. You can use this sauce as a base for a variety of Italian dishes. I’ve even used for a grilled halloumi cheese appetizer. It’s just super versatile.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Last year, I made thanksgiving dinner in NYC. We rented a townhome for our 3 kids, son-in-law, our 6 year old granddaughter, and us. We had big plans all week, so I ordered the turkey & pies. I prepared the sides – deviled eggs, dressing, CRANBERRY SAUCE, and more. We even went to the Macy’s Parade in freezing temperatures. It was awesome!

Shawarma White Sauce

Shawarma White Sauce

I’m in love with this flavorful Mediterranean sauce! I first heard about this sauce when I was watching the Today Show, one morning. It was shared by Ayesha Nurdjaja, the executive chef of Shuka in NYC. It’s awesome on chicken, as a dip, on falafel and as a salad dressing! It is addictive!

Parsley Salsa Verde (Crack Sauce)

Parsley Salsa Verde (Crack Sauce)

Just in time for your Father’s Day Prep, I present Crack Sauce. At least, that’s what my family calls this parsley based salsa verde. Hubs made this incredibly flavorful NY strip by grilling it to an internal temp of 148 degrees. He seasoned this puppy with olive oil & his favorite rub. We ate it sliced and drizzled it with Crack Sauce. This stuff is so awesome on beef, chicken, empanadas, you name it! It’s packed full of parsley, lemon, garlic & capers. Anytime I serve it, I get a ton of requests for the recipe. Enjoy!

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

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This entry is about the tartar sauce, although the smoked salmon, salad and baked potato wedges are certainly worthy of your curiosity. I was introduced to this tartar sauce by a work colleague many, many years ago. It has been my go-to condiment for fish and shrimp, ever since. It is so easy and tastes so much better than store bought. Try it and let me know what you think the next time you serve fried fish or shrimp. You’ll be hooked. Pun intended.

Vanilla & Thyme Roasted Strawberries

Vanilla & Thyme Roasted Strawberries

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This luscious pan of roasted strawberries was incredible.  It is so versatile – I put these strawberries on my French Toast, made a cocktail & used it for a yummy parfait. What would you make with these roasted strawberries?? I found this recipe on Instagram @gatherandfeast – I could not find the recipe on her blog, so I have attached a printed version with some tweaks from my own experience making these fabulous strawberries.

Tarragon Hollandaise Sauce or Dip

Tarragon Hollandaise Sauce or Dip

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I know, I know. There’s a lot going on here. But, this post is all about the dip. This has got to be one of my favorite all time sauces. It is so easy, yet everyone will think you are ultra talented! For real! I serve it mostly with beef tenderloin or when making Eggs Benedict. Following a meal at Antoine’s, in New Orleans, I discovered they make a dip from this sauce. Basically, just baking it for 15 minutes at 350. The secret to making a perfect Hollandaise is the blender and hot butter. Enjoy this recipe and your Sunday, y’all!

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