Homemade Flavored Oils

By flavored oils, I mean for salad, bread dipping, or for cooking.  I make some with extra-virgin olive oil so you can just sprinkle it over your tossed salad and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice or lime over top.  Add salt and pepper, if you like.  For cooking, it is better to use regular…

Homemade Sazon Seasoning

This is like the dry seasoning that comes in the orange packets. This version has a lot more flavor and can stand alone as the seasoning

10 Salsa Recipes

A good salsa is welcome at any meal or occasion.  Here I’ve gathered a variety of a few different ideas to get you started.

Classic Turkey Pan Gravy with Variations

Everyone needs turkey gravy for Thanksgiving.  This is a recipe for classic turkey gravy (works for chicken, beef, pork, etc. too) along with some variations if you like to jazz up your meal now and then. 

Blackberry Ginger Preserves

Last year I bought one of those little blackberry bushes (really a stick) that we can find outside our grocery stores.  I usually have pretty good luck buying plants from the grocery store.  Seems funny, but whatever.  So last year it actually bore fruit.  It was great!  However, this year, the dang thing has exploded! …

Texas Barbecue Sauce

This sauce is meant to be served alongside a smoked beef brisket, but you do whatever you like. Hey!  You’re the cook here!

BBQ Rub

This barbecue rub is out of this world! Now, would I lie to you? This recipe makes a lot, but you will want to use it on just about everything. It is also easy to measure out because everything is in tablespoons. This is meant to be rubbed into your meat before dry roasting or…

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole

I have never really understood guacamole. I know lots of people love it, but isn’t mashed up avocados just as good? Just a little lime juice, salt, and pepper? I don’t know, I just thought it weird to add tomatoes and whatnot. Sooooo, lets really get weird and add mango and pomegranate to our guacamole….

Cilantro Pesto

Pesto is a quick and easy way to add flavor to your foods. It is similar to chimichurri or salsa. Originally pesto is an Italian condiment made from fresh basil leaves, cheese, and pine nuts. This pesto is made with fresh cilantro and pumpkin seeds or pepitas. I find that cilantro deteriorates very quickly in…

Grilled Shallots

  Grilling shallots makes a simple, yet sweet, side dish that pairs with anything grilled. Leftovers are terrific chopped and added to salads,  soups, and other recipes.

Aji is Everything

Aji is a kind of salsa made in Colombia and other countries. It is much more watery than a typical Mexican or Caribbean salsa. It is a condiment, offered at most meals, made up of chilies, citrus, garlic, cilantro, tomato and other ingredients. The word “aji” actually means “chile,” as in chile pepper. You can…