Make your own spicy soy-vinegar dip at home by following my four-ingredient recipe. This easy to make dip perfectly match any fried or grilled foods.
Quick and Easy Avocado Recipes. Salads, salsa, guacamole and more. Enjoy avocado a variety of ways with these tempting and healthy avocado recipes. Includes, guacamole a la mexicana!
Avocados are miracle fruits that are very nutritious. For making avocado chutney, grind its flesh with onion, tomato, coriander leaves, salt, and lemon juice. Make this creamy chutney in 10 minutes!
This is an easy recipe that will deliver fantastically delicious results. It's perfect for parties, snack time, or to give as a gift. It looks pretty no matter when or where you use it!
Quinces are a delicious but under-used fruit. Somewhere between an apple and a pear, they are too hard to be eaten raw, but they make a delicious jelly that's perfect for a Christmas breakfast... or as an awesome homemade holiday gift!
Nothing beats the fresh taste of homemade beef jerky. Say goodbye to the massively preserved, store-bought bags and find true comfort with homemade beef jerky recipes.
One of my go-to cookbooks is "The Herald Tribune Home Institute Cookbook," published in 1947. I use it all the time because of its simplicity.
Homemade oil and vinegar salad dressing in less than 15 minutes. This recipe is simple and easy to customize to your tastes. You will never buy oil and vinegar dressing again.
Rowan jelly is a strong-tasting condiment once very popular in the UK and traditionally served with wild game or beef. This simple recipe shows how to make rowan-and-apple jelly from scratch.
My husband and I go a bit overboard when we see good sales. We capitalized on a pineapple sale we found. I want to show you how to take advantage of canning your own pineapple!
Make your own cooking spray saves money, reduces the chemical additives you're putting into your body, takes 5 minutes to make, and is better for the environment and better for your health.
This easy, raw pesto sauce uses fresh kale, garlic, herbs, and toasted sunflower seeds for a multi-purpose condiment!
Here is the world's best garlic lover's Caesar salad dressing recipe. Now you can make a delicious Caesar salad that will have everyone asking for more.
Olive & Vine is a Houston boutique that sells top-quality extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. Taste before you buy, and learn about health benefits for both.
I'll walk you through pressure canning your own black-eyed peas, including soaking them overnight ahead of time and raw pack canning in boiling water. I also share some of my tips and tricks for water-bath canning and pressure canning many other items.
The Guinness in this recipe adds another layer of boldness that's rather unexpected and quite delicious! You'll also find a vegetarian version of the dish here.
Pressure canning chicken is easy, and it gives you access to meat for quick meals, as well as cellar stock for emergencies and a DIY lifestyle.
How or why would you substitute one ingredient for another in a recipe? Perhaps you want a sauce for your meatballs, but you cannot eat tomatoes. Let me show you how!
Salsa verde is a green salsa made in Mexico. It is made with tomatillos, cilantro, onion, garlic, chile serrano, and lime. It can be boiled or broiled. Includes variations and serving suggestions.
Craving Mexican fajitas? Try my recipe for a gluten-free seasoning mix marinade. Since this is a dry mix, it can be stored for months inside your pantry.
Making pesto is easy—let me show you how to make a basic basil pesto; give you variations using different herbs, nuts, and cheeses; and (of course) recipes to showcase your freshly made pesto.
I am so happy to still have my grandmother's old food mill. Making homemade applesauce and choke cherry jelly is easy, fun, tasty, and satisfying. See videos in this post, then get busy!
Hummus—it's not just a dip for pita chips. Learn its origins, how to make the BEST in your own kitchen, and use it in many imaginative ways.
What is in a romesco sauce? Find out how to make an authentic version of this Catalonian salsa in your own home kitchen.
If someone sends you to the store for mayonnaise, don't buy Miracle Whip instead. There is a difference. In fact, there are big differences between the two.
Photos and text teach you step-by-step how to pressure can milk by sealing it in jars for long-term storage.
This recipe will help you with pressure canning sweet corn off the cob. Summertime is wonderful, if not just because corn is in season, and the best of it goes on sale at my local organic food store. We love everything about corn, like cream corn, corn broth, tamales, and especially corn on the cob.
When I visit my home country of the Philippines, I like to make coconut oil from the coconut trees behind my house. My grandmother taught me how to do it.
Text and photos teach you step-by-step how to preserve winter squashes or pumpkins by pressure canning.
Homemade custard may be safely preserved by pressure canning and is suitable for most uses. Chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, and coconut milk recipes are given here, along with a whole-egg variation. The entire canning process is shown.
"Curry" is a blanket term used to describe a vast range of Indian spicy stewed dishes. There are many different styles of curries. Not all are hot. Get tips and recipes for curries here.
Check out this fantastic recipe for freezing tomatoes. Use this recipe to save any excess tomatoes you may have. Use the frozen ones later to make fantastic sauces that are full of flavor.
Green beans are essential in a well-balanced diet. Fresh from the garden, they have higher levels of nutrients than ones bought at the store. Here's how to harvest, and freeze green beans.
Do you love KFC? Try my version of their famous gravy. You can prepare this delicious recipe in just 10 minutes.
Pesto—a great sauce for pasta, meat, or eggs. But some chefs have turned it into an amalgam of any veggie pulverized with olive oil. Let’s get back to basics.
January 24th is national peanut butter day. Get ready by preparing your own delicious, homemade peanut butter. Make it to your exact flavor specifications by following this easy recipe.
Mole, or Mexican BBQ sauce, has gained popularity due to the efforts of culinary genius Rick Bayless. This simplified recipe for red mole yields a silky, sweet, smoky sauce. A Scoville chart of dried chiles is included.
This recipe for oven-baked baby tomatoes is very easy and suitable for a beginner cook. Use as an appetizer, spread, sauce, covering for meat or fish, or an omelette filling.
Pakora dipping sauce as served in Indian restaurants and takeaways is incredibly easy to make at home, with everyday ingredients. This recipe for pakora sauce is quick, easy, authentic and delicious.
Ah, sesame butter! It's smooth, it's creamy, it's SWEET and it's absolutely delicious! Sesame seeds are tiny powerhouses bursting with health benefits. Learn how to make sesame butter at home. So easy!
White sauces—a simple idea with worldwide appeal. Each culture uses the produce of their garden to craft a condiment to accompany the foods they love. Let’s explore these sauces and how to make them.
Making a real Cajun-style roux is no mystery—it simply takes a little patience! With a couple of tools and three ingredients, you can have true, rich Cajun flavor for gumbo or étouffée for yourself!
What are the advantages of preserving food by canning, pickling, drying, and smoking? What are the disadvantages?
Follow just five easy steps to make your own delicious, homemade mayonnaise. Much cheaper and healthier than the regular mayonnaise available in the supermarkets.
Pecans (and almost any food) can be preserved in Mason jars. This method frees up your freezer space, and there is no freezer burn.
Bacon jam is almost impossible to describe—until you taste it. Sweet, spicy, smoky, salty, it's an amazing combination of delectable goodness. Check out how easy it is to make it for yourself!
Green peas are nutrient-dense. They are very delicious. This veggie is seasonal. Hence, buy them when they are abundant and preserve for the future. Here's an easy way to preserve them at home.
I use the water-bath canning method and classic Ball fruit pectin. The vanilla and anise add a flavorful surprise that really makes the jam come to life. This is a unique recipe, and I would highly recommend trying it out. Any skill level can make it.
This is a very easy but tasty recipe for pickling fresh jalapeños. They are so succulent that you will be putting them on everything you can—from sandwiches and homemade burgers to salads.
Save money and learn how to make your own kecap manis, the famous Indonesian condiment, which you can use in many dishes. Easy to make, and tasty, too.
Mango jam is one of the most delicious jams I have eaten or made. This jam is not only good for spreading on top of your bread and sandwiches, but it can also be used for a fruity and creamy cake filling.
Fresh salsa is easier than you think, and so worth it. We roast some of the ingredients in the oven for added flavor. A food processor makes this recipe a snap.
This onion chutney sauce can be made in a jiffy. It is spicy, aromatic, and tasty. Use it as a side dish for boiled rice, idli, pancakes, and snacks. You can also use it as a dip for snacks!
Learning how to make a quick pan sauce will give you superpowers in the kitchen. Three to four ingredients and five minutes will elevate a plain chicken breast or pork chop to a whole new level.
Real maple syrup is a treat that cannot be duplicated with artificial flavors. Let’s explore the history of this natural sweetener and how to use it in baking and cooking.
Mexican salsa recipe made with tomato, red onion, cucumber, chili pepper, oregano, cumin, lemon, and cilantro is a healthy treat. Enjoy salsa with crispy nachos in the evening!
Homemade mango chutney is better than any shop-bought chutney and a great go-to for any Indian curry or ingredient to other recipes. Here's a simple recipe!
Ready to take your pickles to the next level? Here in the South, we enjoy "wickles." Let me tell you about these spicy little flavor bombs.
Knowing how to make a white sauce can be invaluable cooking skill. You can use a white sauce in so many dishes either as a topping or a creamy filling.
This 5 star restaurant-style salsa, reviewed over 2,000 times, is easy to make and bursting with garden-fresh flavor. We guarantee you'll be back for more! Also included: tips for making mild, low sodium or smoky salsa.
Freezer strawberry jam is a great treat you can put on your ice cream or your toast. By packaging it, you can turn it into a nice gift. It's yummy too!
Hollandaise sauce is a pain to make. But if you can get it right, it's a wonderfully rewarding treat. Let me show you how to make, and some new, delicious ways to use it!
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 how you can make your own.
Chili oil is a popular condiment commonly used in Asian countries. Some places add a twist on this condiment by adding garlic on it. Learn my version on how to make homemade chili garlic oil.
Marmite is a strong, savory, slightly salty-tasting spread. Learn all you need to know about Marmite, which seems to bring out strong reactions. Most people either love it or hate it, nothing in between.
Green sauces—a simple idea with world-wide appeal. Each culture uses the herbs of their garden to craft a condiment to accompany the foods they love. Let’s explore the origins of ten of these sauces, how to make them, and how to use them in dishes for your friends and family.
This hearty, rustic tomato pasta sauce takes less than 15 minutes to prep and produces a bold tomato and garlic flavor. Pairs well with a variety of pastas and is an excellent spread for appetizers.
A delicious, four-ingredient, recipe for strawberry and raspberry jam that will leave people begging for your secret.
Pickles from zucchini? Yes, crisp and full of flavor! You'll be amazed at how delicious these pickles are.
This recipe is about pressure canning green beans. By preserving my own food, not only do I get to control the ingredients that go into the food we're eating, but I get to provide my family with delicious, nutritious food all year round.
Almond butter has seen its popularity rise as a delicious and healthy alternative to peanut butter. Its wonderful taste, numerous health benefits and versatility has placed it on the mainstream food map as a choice with many possibilities. A...
Step-by-step instructions on making a delicious and pretty syrup. These instructions can be used for just about any edible flower.
Many mason jar canning lids contain BPA which acts like estrogen in the body, disrupting normal hormone regulation. BPA-free claims may not be enough. Find out how to find healthy canning jars.
This recipe is focused on pressure canning black beans. By preserving your own food, not only can you control the ingredients in the food you make, providing your family with more nutritious food, but you also get the satisfaction of making food for your family.
This article is about water bath canning peach salsa. This process is really quick and easy. We get an amazing end product that we can enjoy all year round. This salsa is slightly spicy and really sweet—filled with all kinds of wonderful fruit and vegetables. I highly recommend it!
Cook easy, homemade guava jam in six simple steps. Now, you no longer have torely on supermarkets because the sweet and preservative-free fruit jam is easy to make.
Here's how to decrystallize honey fast in small and medium batches- no pan or microwave needed. This method is great if you have crystallized honey, but don't want to decrystallize an entire jar, or are dealing with honey in a plastic container.
Homemade apple jelly is easy to make out of simple apple juice, pectin and sugar. By following this easy recipe, you can have a great apple jelly to enjoy in less than an hour's time.
Wild plum jam is easy to make, sweet-tart, and pretty. If you don't grow your own wild plums, perhaps you can forage some.
Perfect Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue sauce! This sauce has a vinegar base with the right amount of spice that blends seamlessly with pulled pork BBQ.
Sample five smoky BBQ sauce recipes from the main barbecue regions of the United States. Also included, the origin of barbecue sauce and BBQ cooking methods.
Salsa—Not just a Tex-Mex dip. Salsa is a heart-healthy mix of fruits and vegetables with so many flavor combinations. I'll show you how to make a salsa you will love.
Making cherry and black grape jam in the crockpot is going to be so easy, you'll be surprised that you didn't think to do this for yourself before now. Juicy cherries and crispy grapes made into a sweet, smooth, yummy concoction that you can enjoy with toast or biscuits.
Is your jam thin and runny? Here are all the ways you can make great jam using low-pectin fruit, with example recipes.
Homemade salsa that can be used all year round. Step-by-step instructions that include tips on how to handle jalapeno peppers to keep them from burning your hands.
This sauce is a fresher version of the jalapeño ranch dip from the Chuy's restaurant chain. I got rid of the ranch packet and made this from scratch.
Peruvian ají sauce transforms chicken and French fries into something special! Learn how to make this spicy, addictive sauce.
Home made mayo is awesome! But making it can be kind of tricky. Read this to find 3 tips that will help you make perfect homemade mayo every time.
Preparing foods for storage, canning or freezing. What I do to prepare my food and why I choose to can or freeze.
This article is about the the easiest way to make sweet, crunchy pickles, featuring a secret shortcut. Includes recipe, complete instructions, and lots of photos. You will love these pickles.
This article offers step-by-step directions and photos for making nasturtium jelly. You'll be an expert jelly-maker in no time with this clear and helpful guide!
Fish can be preserved by drying, salting, and freezing. These methods are effective ways to store bumper catches for times of scarcity.
Worcestershire sauce is a delicious fermented product used to flavour meat, fish, Welsh rarebit, and cocktails. It’s made from a secret recipe by Lea and Perrins.
If you're lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy, you're may be wondering which foods contain dairy products. Let's find out if one of our favorite condiments, mayo, has dairy in it.
This tangy, homemade French dressing recipe is better than any store-bought version. It's also cheaper and healthier, and the ingredients are commonly found in your pantry.
Two authentic Southern chow chow relish recipes (cooked and no-cook versions). Bonus recipes: peach relish and jalapeño jelly.
This is part one of a two part article on the advantages and disadvantages of home food preservation. In this article we explore food that is fresh, root cellared, and frozen.
Did you know that you can make a fantastic gravy from canned, condensed mushroom soup? It's true, and it's absolutely delicious too.
This is my grandmother's tried and tested plum jam recipe that I have been enjoying since I was a child.
Quick and rustic spaghetti alla puttanesca can transform your weeknight dinner into a mini mental-vacation in Naples! Perfect for just the family or when hosting guests.
By learning how to make vegetable scrap broth in the pressure canner, you can reduce the waste in your home, save money on groceries, and provide healthy food for your family for pennies on the dollar. I get a lot of satisfaction out of making most of our food.
As someone with chronic tomato-inspired heartburn, and the wife of a picky eater, I found a solution to my desire to eat tomato sauce without the burn, and sneak vegetables onto my husband's plate!
Finding a succulent fresh mint sauce can be a tall order. Fortunately, I know of an easy, delicious recipe you can use in a curry, on lamb, on potatoes, or anything that suits your fancy!
A simple recipe, with photos, to make the popular Israeli spicy condiment, zhug (skhug). Originally from Yemen, this Mediterranean hot sauce is easy to prepare, has a vivid green color, and has a garlic/cilantro aroma that is entrancing.
Hollandaise sauce doesn't need to be a daunting culinary endeavor. This simple recipe requires just a few ingredients to whip up a delicious sauce. Try it for yourself!
Of all the vegetables I can each year, tomatoes have to be my favorite. My instructions are easy to follow, and the photos will help you, too. You're going to love having jars of tomatoes you canned yourself.
Studies have shown negative impacts of refined vegetable oils and there are many alternatives that won't break the budget, provide benefits rather than harm and taste much better.
People seem to have a love/hate thing for French food - which I can understand. It's somewhat intimidating, involves approximately 476 steps for something as simple as a scrambled egg, and no one understands what the names of dishes are. They are in...
Did you know that extra virgin olive oil, when used for high temperature cooking, transforms into a poisonous pool of free radicals that ravage the human body? Learn how choosing the right cooking oil can protect your health.
This clean eating homemade cream gravy recipe is super simple to pull together, cheap and quick, and can be used in so many different ways. You can use it with biscuits for a filling breakfast, as a topping for fried chicken or chicken fried steak, or even on some creamy mashed potatoes.
You can make and can your own robust pasta sauce that's free of preservatives, additives, and chemicals—and costs under $3 per jar. If you grow the ingredients yourself in your own backyard, the cost is even less!
Do you love McDonald's? Try my version of their famous tartar sauce. You can prepare this delicious recipe in just five minutes.
I freeze greens from my garden every year -- they taste as delicious as fresh-from-the-garden. It's an easy process to learn. Read on for all the details.
Learn how to prepare Indian-style tomato ketchup/sauce that is free of artificial preservatives, color, and flavor. I have included a recipe video, as well.
Get flavor and fire with this hot sauce that utilizes fruits and vegetables for a deliciously complex flavor.
If you love hot peppers and banana peppers, you will love these recipes for pickled peppers. Can them at the peak of freshness for delicious peppers year round.
Duke’s Mayonnaise is a staple in the American Southeast. Duke’s just makes sandwiches and salads taste better! Here are some of my favorite recipes that highlight the great taste of this mayonnaise.
Russian dressing was the hot salad condiment of the 1960s. Sadly, the bottled versions seem to have gone missing in recent years. You can find my family recipe here!
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!
This is the best tomato sauce for flavour and nutrition. When you make homemade tomato sauce, you can control what goes into it. It's easy to make and my family loves it.
76-year-old Mamma Mia is in prime health. Perhaps her penchant for salads is the key to her perpetual peppiness. Perhaps her salad dressing brings zest to her spirit as well as her greens.
Fenugreek leaf is a known source of fiber, iron, protein, and minerals. It has few calories. This leaf has a unique aroma and flavor when cooked. Hence, it is a popular culinary ingredient.
Freezing corn is a great way to preserve all of that summer goodness, and it's easy to do! Here are some simple instructions so you can enjoy fresh corn all year.
This great cancer and inflammation fighter may not look like much, but it is full of great Omega-3 fatty acids—and it is a great source of protein, calcium, and iron. Plus, it's easy to make!
Use this recipe for the Secret to making great cranberry sauce loaded with vitamin C. If you always reached for the can on the shelf, STOP! This is the cranberry sauce recipe for you.
Rhubarb is a large leafed plant with edible stalks that grows like a bad weed any where that it gets the opportunity to be planted. It is a very hardy perennial yet rather than being harvested with...
An easy storage method for your garden (or Farmer's Market) root vegetables. Suitable for carrots, beets, and many others. Potatoes and similar tubers, too.
Learn how to dehydrate foods and save money. Dehydrating foods takes none of the nutrients out and helps you use food at their prime.
What does “French cooking” mean to you? Fancy, fussy, complicated? Mother sauces, the foundation of French cuisine are easy to prepare. I'll tell you how, and you'll never buy packaged sauce again.
A gooey, dark brown, and salty spread has been marketed under the slogan “Love Me or Hate Me, I’m Yours.”
Recently, I learned to make sun-dried fritters. In the summer, we make these flakes and store them in containers. Fry them in oil or in the oven and use as a condiment for meals. They are so yummy!
Bored of spreading jam on toast or biscuits? Here are some other uses for jams, jellies, and marmalades that are creative, fun, and delicious.
This buffalo chicken dip is easy to throw together, and it's an excellent choice for tailgate parties, potlucks, family get-togethers, and just about any occasion you can think of.
A step-by-step illustrated guide showing you how to prepare and can wild plums in a sweet-spicy syrup—a wonderful treat.
10 ways to use up your leftover cranberry sauce. You might even be inspired to make some cranberry sauce just to try some of these ideas.
Italian pesto is loved the world over. But have you ever tasted Tallarin Verde, or green noodles, the pesto of Peru? Creamy and mild, it is the favorite dish of many Peruvian children.
A simple white gravy recipe with no bacon or sausage grease or drippings. It tastes great with biscuits!
Pickled cucumber is a popular condiment in dishes such as burgers. Let me show a quick recipe for making pickled cucumbers at home.
Experience the following delicious dressings: Austrian, French vinaigrette, balsamic and honey, sage and fennel, lemon and honey, ginger and balsamic, and lime and honey.
With this recipe, making and canning fresh homemade cranberry sauce will be a breeze for your holiday meals this year! And you don't have to worry about what to do with all of the leftover sauce, if you have any. You can simply store it away for a mid-year craving or even for next year.
Why go to an expensive Japanese restaurant? Now you can prepare a classic Japanese sauce at home without worrying about your budget. Follow my easy recipe for galicky sweet soy glaze.
You're going to love this delicious homemade mixed berry jam for water bath canning. Filled with deliciously fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (and just a hint of honey), the burst of flavor you are going to experience when eating this jam is going to blow your mind.
You can use those end-of-season, unripe tomatoes you picked from your garden or greenhouse to make an excellent chutney. I also include recipe tips for using the chutney in a ploughman’s lunch.
Making sesame flax-butter is a good way to include healthful foods in your daily diet. This is a quick guide to add a new, delicious seed butter into your diet.
This is quite possibly the best beetroot chutney recipe I have made. It is easy to make and results in a delicious, chunky and vibrantly coloured chutney. Ideal for Christmas.
Extra virgin olive oil is much better than regular olive oil for your health due to the cold process during extraction. This article reviews the health benefits and includes several recipes.
Before the written word, there was honey; offering to the gods, source of potent drink and peasant currency, and even a love potion; honey is as old as time. Enjoy the history and the recipes.
Chutney is a regular side dish served with South Indian breakfast. Though use of coconut for making chutney is common, this tomato lentil chutney does not contain coconut. I have used lentils and tomatoes in this yummy side dish.
Celebrate the grand garden season finale. Here are some faster, space-saving methods to harvest and store garden produce at its best.
Are you wondering what to do with your bounty of beautiful chilies? Why not freeze them so that they are be available to use whenever you want to add a bit of spice to your life.
Our humble little tomato plant grew beyond expectation and produced a bumper crop. I made a delicious green tomato chutney with garlic.
If you've never tasted a gooseberry, June is the perfect time. Make a tasty jam from these green berries, and surprise your friends with the fresh, sweet, tart flavor, as well as the unusual color.
I purchased my packages of gizzards and hearts at our local Walmart. I planned to pickle them. In Dallas, Texas, apparently, they deep fry them and are fondly remembered as the people go north!
This recipe for Seville orange marmalade includes step-by-step instructions, photos and videos. Once you have tasted homemade marmalade, you will never want to buy the commercially made variety again.
Today the Apple Goddess is in a whimsical mood. She has inspired me to experiment with some tart green apples instead of sweet red ones. Unlike the typical version, my homemade apple jam will be very lemony and boldly flavored.
Home canning your own chicken can save you money—and you will know there aren't any preservatives added. I'll teach you how to do it yourself.
Hot green pepper jelly! This is great old recipe for this famous and fantastic tasting jelly that everyone loves. It is a simple recipe and easy to make.
Many people are afraid to try to preserve vegetables because they think it is difficult or for fear of making someone ill with botulism. But if you follow sound canning procedures, you can succeed!
I've made a lot of baby food in the past year. I prefer to make it at home because I know exactly what goes into it. I'd love to share my experiences with you.
When your chickens produce too many eggs to use fresh, or you find a good sale on eggs, preserve some for later consumption using an old-fashioned method. Store eggs in your basement or closet.
I love pickled beets, and I enjoy canning. This article will show you how to pickle beets and then can them for storage!
How do you turn 400 pounds of tomatoes into wonderful smoky sauce in one day? With an outdoor evaporator and the help of several friends, of course.
Standard tartar sauce is great in a hurry and an even simply version takes about 60 seonds to prepare. At the same time, some of my favorites are also fast and easy.
A quick and easy tahini recipe. Only need 2 ingredients. Homemade tahini paste made in just 15 minutes. Ideal for making hummus, tahini salad dressing, tahini dip, tahini sauce or even tahini cookies!
This homemade vegetarian tomato sauce is a health-conscious solution for your spaghetti. Everyone will think it has beef in it. Made with Morningstar Farms® Grillers Crumbles™.