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Sauces, Condiments & Preservation


Sweet and Spicy Cilantro and Lime Dip Recipe

This sweet and spicy dip is made with cilantro, tomato, lime juice, and other healthy ingredients. It goes especially well with corn tortilla chips but can also be enjoyed with baby carrots, celery sticks, and other veggies.


Does Olive Oil Have Peanuts in It?

Does olive oil contain peanuts? The answer isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Here's why.


Powerful Mustard Seed: Types, Uses, and Trivia

This article gives the history of mustard, discusses various types and uses of mustard, plus it provides some recipes. Types of mustard plants are also reviewed, along with some trivia.


Easy Instant Pot Blueberry Lemon Jam Recipe

A tart twist on a classic favorite.


Store-Bought Hummus vs. Homemade: Vegan Taste Test

With hummus now widely available in supermarkets, is it better than what I used to make in my youth? I put it to the test.


How to Make Flaxseed Powder at Home

Flaxseeds need to be ground and consumed to be fully digested by our body. Learn the correct way to roast flaxseed, grind it to a powder and store it. Video included.


Goat Cheese and Habanero Guacamole Recipe

A decadent take on a classic favorite.


Homemade Strawberry Jam Recipe

Maria shares her experience in making strawberry jam, a few tips she learned along the way, and of course, the recipe.


Marmalade: The Bitter Truth

Almost inedible Seville oranges are turned into a preserve that many people claim to enjoy as part of their breakfast.


Fabulous Tasting Madeira Sauce Recipe (Plus Fun Facts)

In addition to a fabulous Madeira sauce recipe, you'll learn a bit about the Madeira Islands and its wine.


Lemon Honey Dressing

Lemons are in abundance in the garden, and so my motivation for making this lemon-based dressing stems from my desire to use lemons, along with the other green leafy vegetables growing in abundance.


Easy Homemade Guacamole Recipe Without Tomatoes

All you need is five ingredients and 15 minutes, and you'll never have to buy preservative-laden guacamole from the store again!


What Is Tahini? History, Uses, and Six Easy Recipes

Tahini is a savory sesame condiment that originated thousands of years ago in Indonesia. Let’s answer your tahini questions, learn how to make it, and discover how to use it in cooking and baking.


A History of Tomato Ketchup

Long, long before there was Henry John Heinz there was ketchup.


How to Can and Preserve Any Type of Food

Canning is easier than many people expect.


Soy Mango Sauce (With Two Bonus Recipes)

This quick and easy sauce can be used in multiple ways. Cook once and enjoy throughout the week without getting bored.


Easy Instant Pot Blueberry Jam Recipe (With No-Pectin Option)

This blueberry jam recipe provides the same traditional flavor with the ease of a pressure cooker. Two recipes included: one with pectin and one without.


The Story of Worcestershire Sauce: Origins, Uses, and Bonus Facts

Almost every kitchen has a bottle of this condiment in it waiting for its sweet and sour flavours to be released.


Quick Pickled Onion Recipe

Who doesn’t love fancy-schmancy avocado toast upwards of $7 from the local coffee shop? There’s no use denying it. But how about elevating your at-home avocado toast game for a fraction of the cost? This recipe is quick, simple, and can help you do just that!


Southern Tomato Gravy

Southerners understand that feeding a crowd at the last minute can make you frantic. This recipe is quick and easy to whip up—and it's delicious, too.


Peach Marmalade With Tsipouro

This tasty summer marmalade is prepared with peaches and Tsipouro, an unaged Greek brandy. Instead of spreading it on bread or toast, I like to use it as a topping on cake. It makes an absolutely delicious dessert!


Dragon Fruit Salsa

Try this delicious dragon fruit twist on the traditional salsa recipe. This recipe perfectly complements fried or grilled foods.


5 Best Gravy Recipes for Thanksgiving Turkey

Turkey can always use a little extra flavor. The good news? Gravy is supe easy!


How to Dehydrate Lettuce and Leafy Greens (and How to Use It Later)

Dehydrating lettuce and leafy greens may seem odd, but you can preserve great nutrition and add it to your dinners when you don't have time to eat salads, or if you have naturally picky eaters. Plus, you can preserve the goodness of your garden for later consumption.


Recipe for Creamy and Chunky Dry Marsala Sauce With Mushrooms

My flavorful Marsala sauce recipe makes a delicious topping for chicken, pork, beef, or even mixed with pasta and used as a main dish.


Cucumber Strawberry Salsa

When cucumbers and strawberries are growing crazily in your garden, mix the two together into a fresh salsa that is crisp, tangy, a tiny bit sweet, and versatile.


Rustic Eggplant Prosciutto Sauce Recipe: Perfect With Pasta or Polenta

The rich flavors of Italian-inspired ingredients meld together perfectly when slowly simmered on the stovetop, providing a flavorful sauce for plates of pasta or polenta.


Easy Creamy Chicken Gravy Without Drippings

Do you love homemade chicken gravy but don't have drippings? Try this easy gravy recipe. It's easy to make, creamy, and delicious.


How to Make the Very Best Taco Salsa

I haven't bought salsa or picante sauce from the store for more than 18 years. This recipe from my Uncle Bert is the reason why.


Quick Homemade Curry Sauce

This quick and easy homemade curry sauce packs much more flavour than any store-bought sauce.


Super Simple Homemade Tomato Sauce!

Hi everyone! I know a lot of people might use some form of store-bought pre-made pasta sauce like Prego or Ragu when they make their pasta dishes. Nothing against those brands; they can be great. But if you're looking to throw in a homemade spin, here's a super simple way to do it!


Exploring Balsamic Vinegar: History and Recipes

Once a tonic to prevent pests and plague, balsamic vinegar is now used in all manner of cooking and baking. Let’s learn its history, how it's made, and three innovative recipes.


Recipe for the Best Homemade Strawberry Jam and Topping

These recipes for strawberry jam and strawberry topping are so delicious. I have included step-by-step instructions with my own photos so you can make these recipes easily.


The Best Guacamole Recipe of All Time

Guacamole is hands down a crowd-pleaser and sure to spruce up just about any meal. This recipe has been my go-to for over 15 years and has never been beat. It's super easy and quick to prepare, and it will disappear just about as fast as you can make it!


Tiny Tomato Sauce

This sauce is made with tiny tomatoes, garlic, and fresh and dried basil. It's an easy sauce that goes well with any type of pasta.


How to Make Easy and Guilt-Free Dips and Dressings

Whether you are on a diet or just looking for simple and easy dips to make, this article will give you some useful ideas on how to make some healthy dips for your appetizers.


How to Make Fruit Preserves for a Simple Fruit Cobbler

Learn how to make your own fruit preserves and then use them to make a simple fruit cobbler.


How to Make Maple Syrup the Old-Fashioned Way

How a nostalgic New England experience became a new tradition in Indiana.


How to Make Tomato Sauce Using an Outdoor Evaporator

How do you turn 400 pounds of tomatoes into 92 quarts of wonderful smoky sauce in one day? With an outdoor evaporator and the help of several friends, of course.


Momma's Golden Glow Pickles: Easy Homemade Recipe

In my family, we have always loved homemade pickles. My momma's recipe is the best!


Fig Jam With Lime and Chilli

This article explains how to make a tasty, spicy jam to warm autumn and winter meals.


How to Make Pineapple Salsa

Try this tasty pineapple twist on a traditional Mexican condiment.


Sardine Spread Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious sardine spread to enjoy with your favorite crackers or breads.


How to Make Pickled Cucumbers for Burgers

Pickled cucumber is a popular condiment in dishes such as burgers. Let me show a quick recipe for making pickled cucumbers at home.


Pickled Jalapeño Recipe

What started out as a brine for pickled okra ended up as an experiment for pickling some jalapeño peppers from my garden. The outcome was quite successful.


How to Make Corn Salsa: A Mexican-Inspired Recipe

Mexican salsa is a tasty and versatile condiment that can be added to all kinds of dishes. This corn salsa is a delicious variation to the traditional tomato-based recipe.


Exploring Ranch Dressing

Endlessly versatile, ranch dressing is used on salads, as a dip, a sauce for chicken, a drizzle on pizza, and countless other foods. Here's the story of how it was created and links to various recipes so you can make your own.


How to Make Aioli Sauce With Just 5 Ingredients

Would you like to prepare a simple and affordable sauce for your favorite fried food? Try my easy-to-make aioli recipe that calls for just five ingredients!


How to Make KFC Gravy

Do you love KFC? Try my version of their famous gravy. You can prepare this delicious recipe in just 10 minutes.


How to Make the Best Ever Homemade Blueberry Jam

Blueberry jam is the perfect thing to make in the middle of summer, when the blueberries are at their peak of ripeness. With just a few cups of berries and a little sugar, you'll capture the perfect summertime flavor to enjoy all year-round.