Category Archives: Sauces And Dressings

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Dip

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Inspired by a beautiful jar of tomato powder from our fall harvest, we whipped up this dip to take to a friend’s party. While it is a mix of familiar flavors combining tomato and basil, it is unusual for a dip. We set some aside and gobbled it long before the party started. We used…

Rugged Garlic Dressing

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Are you looking for a salad dressing that will wake up your senses? That will turn the simplest dishes into gourmet fare? That will cause your dinner guests to never forget their meal? Here it is! Your own…rugged garlic dressing! This dressing has been a family favorite for almost 25 years. It comes from Julie…

Miso Peanut Sauce

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This delectable dipping sauce whips together in a jiffy. Try it once and you will find other uses — sauce for stir-fry, a base for an Asian salad dressing, or to baste for shish-kebab. We enjoy it as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables. It is a great food to enjoy around a table while…

Cream Cheese Citrus Spread

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This is one of those slam-dunk easy items that can add so much sparkle to simple foods. With two or three minutes work you produce a sweetened cream cheese spread that can be used as frosting on muffins, a filling in sweet quick bread sandwiches, or a dip for fresh pear slices. Spoon a generous…

Cilantro Salsa (Salsa de Aji)

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We first tried this cilantro salsa last year when we enjoyed a great variant of a Columbian potato soup, Ajiaco. We loved the soup but thought the salsa we garnished it with was the real sleeper of the meal. Each time we have blended up the sauce since, I have wondered why I don’t keep…

Cilantro Pesto

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When I realized that fresh cilantro could be frozen, keeping most of its earthy flavor intact, I was really stoked. You might want to read the post on that first excursion in saving one of my favorite seasonings, if you haven’t already (freezing cilantro). Freezing cilantro means no need to pay outrageous prices for cilantro…

Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Pepper Dip

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Spreads and dips are so quick and simple to put together, I’m not sure why I don’t do it more often. It is wonderful to have a container of spread in the refrigerator that will turn the plainest sandwich into a gourmet delight or to use it as a dip with veggies and chips. When…

Roasted Tomato Dip

Roasted Tomato Sauce Dip

You’ve probably noticed how much more creatively you cook when there is a bounty of garden produce on the kitchen counter. Some of our favorite family dishes came about this way. Our roasted tomato dipping sauce has such a history. I was garden-sitting for my brother and sister-in-law for a few days. Tomatoes abounded. Having…

Simple Citrus Vinaigrette Salad Dressing


When you have good produce, the flavors of your vegetables are bright and interesting. They don’t need much to pull them together to be meal-worthy. You may have a few fresh things to toss as a salad – baby greens, radishes, and green onions. If so, you already have superb flavor and texture. Toss the…

Homemade Ice Cream Fudge Sauce (A “Magic Shell”)


When I was a kid, one of my favorite dessert treats when we went “out” was a soft serve ice cream from Foster Freeze dipped in chocolate. The chocolate was liquid and hardened when it hit the cold ice cream. If I craned my neck, I could see the person at Foster Freeze dipping my…

Peach Salsa

Peach Salsa

Fruit salsas are becoming a real favorite in this home. The burst of sweet fruit freshness with the salty and hot undertones is a delightful surprise. We had this peach salsa with grilled salmon and brown rice pilaf, both of which are standouts on their own. However, when combined with the peach salsa, the salsa…

Cherry Salsa

Cherry Salsa

One of our culinary goals is to include more raw produce into each of our meals. If you are like me, you didn’t grow up with this kind of food on the table, so this has been an on-going adventure. Our adventure led this week to try a fresh cherry salsa on pork tenderloin chops….

Strawberry Salsa


You can hardly find a more delightful way to add fresh fruit or vegetables to your menus than with salsas. If you have not tried a fruit-based salsa before, strawberry salsa may strike you as being off the wall. Actually, it is a lovely mix of flavors. A splash of vinegar on freshly chopped strawberries…

Zaatar: Homemade Zaatar Spice Mix


For several years I have encountered a bright flavor in Middle Eastern food — in fattoush salad and in various breads at the Syrian grocery store. The oregano, thyme, and sesame seeds were recognizable but there was a distinct ingredient I had trouble placing. The ingredient turned out to be sumac in a spice mix…

Spicy Yogurt Dressing


One morning on the Traditional Foods Facebook page, Kandy Inglis listed the ingredients she uses in making a white sauce for fish tacos. I was intrigued. Jalepeños and capers together? A new one for me. Both of these with yogurt? Stretch! Stretch! I love all the ingredients singly. What would they taste like sitting together…

Homemade Garlic Mayonnaise


Since mayonnaise is a critical ingredient to any sandwich in this home, it behooves me to provide a good one. There is none better than one made from scratch. Of course it will not last for months in the refrigerator like the store-bought counterpart, but it doesn’t last here more than a week anyway. The…

Homemade Hot Sauce with Fresh Heirloom Tomatoes

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My brother carries small bottles of hot sauce with him when he travels. No one has sauce hot enough for him. This sauce can be made as hot as you can take it. I learned this technique from a man who kept his salsa a secret. When you select your tomatoes, use the dark red…

Tomatillo Sauce


If you are fortunate enough to grow your own tomatillos or have access to a Mexican grocery, here is a delectable sauce to make a staple in your menu planning. It can be used as a base for soups, salsas and sauces. Be creative. Watch our tomatillo sauce video below or follow the written instructions….

Bison White Sauce


This is a rich, full-flavored bison white sauce that is extremely versatile and makes use of fat that you might otherwise discard. This recipe comes from our bone broth experiments here in our own kitchen while filming our course on broth and soup (which you can still find for free on our Facebook page). We…

Salsa Fresca Recipe


For years we have enjoyed eating Mexican food in our hometown of Delano. One favorite is Lupe’s Restaurant, known for the homemade tortillas and the salsa fresca served with every dish. “Salsa fresca” is simply a fresh, raw, tomato salsa. As you make salas fresca, keep in mind two important points: Salsa fresca should be…