Archive | Dips/Sauces/Spreads

A Generational Thing: Cranberry Chutney

My aunt gave me this recipe. Many years ago, she cut it out of the New York Times Magazine and glued it to a recipe card, in strips, sort of (well, totally) hanging off the bottom. I love recipes like this. Tried and true, they’ve been around the family, and saved over the years so we won’t forget to use them again and again. I just made this chutney for the first time this year and it is holy-cow-delicious. Trust me. Fresh cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving…

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Black Bean Dip!

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  That was the case with this Black Bean Dip.  I wanted to have something healthy around for snacking and spreading on sandwiches – my mind went immediately to a bean dip – but I didn’t want to go to the grocery store.  I opened the pantry and […]

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Back to Basics: Grilled Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Our friends just returned from Alaska and brought over some wild caught silver salmon for dinner. Oh my! I wanted the flavor of the fish to really shine, so I simply brushed it with olive oil, salt and white pepper before grilling. I served it with a cool, herb-y yogurt sauce I made using the fresh herbs running rampant in our garden.

Grilling fish is a simple, healthy and delicious choice for meals at home. Some people are intimidated by the idea of grilling fish. Don’t be! This method of using direct and then indirect heat to cook fish on the grill works every time. I’ve written specific instructions for using both charcoal and gas grills. Enjoy!

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The Taste of Summer: Tomatoes

A visit from my parents-in-law yielded pounds of Roma, Early Girl and Purple Prince tomatoes. Organic, fresh and home grown, they don’t get better than this. In celebration, I wanted to make a light and summery sauce for pasta, so I turned to Pim’s Super Quick and Fantastic Tomato Sauce. I used fresh basil, red pepper flakes and sherry vinegar to boost the flavor of the tomatoes. It is indeed fantastic!

Read more for links to other great recipes featuring fresh tomatoes that will deliver the taste of summer to your table. Enjoy!

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The Meal Maker: Arugula

After harvesting the last of my arugula patch to make room for tomatoes, cucumbers, basil and whatnot, I found myself in wallowing in piles of fresh arugula. No hardship here. Colorful, crunchy but delicate, and peppery (or really peppery, depending on the variety), it’s so versatile. I used it to top pizza, made nice mixed green salads with vinaigrette, and made oodles of arugula pesto. By nature, arugula pesto tastes “grassier” than a traditional basil pesto. It’s a nice twist on an old standard. For menu ideas and links to recipes, read more…

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Lemon-Almond Pesto

Yield: 1 cup These days, the backyard basil patch lives only in my dreams. This “pesto” is a great way to brighten up winter and make the most of lemon season. Bright and tangy, it’s delicious on grilled chicken or fish and makes a lively topping for vegetables and pasta. Ingredients: 1 lemon 1/2 shallot, […]

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