Red sauces—a simple idea with world-wide appeal. Each culture uses the produce of their garden to craft a condiment to accompany the foods they love. Let’s explore the origins of ten of these sauces and learn how to make them.
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 an awesome homemade holiday gift!
Here is a guide to making your own homemade berry jam with step-by-step instructions, photos, and a video.
Chili oil is a popular condiment commonly used in Asian countries. Some places add a twist on this condiment by adding garlic to it. Learn my version on how to make homemade chili garlic oil.
Learn how to prepare this deliciously sweet, rich, and savory condiment that goes well with any type of meat, turning an already good meal into an exemplary one.
Strawberries are one of the easier things to culture, and they make a tangy and delicious probiotic condiment.
Rhubarb is a large-leafed plant with edible stalks that grows like a bad weed anywhere that it gets the opportunity to be planted. It is a very hardy perennial and can be frozen for later use.
Here's to a somewhat tart yet delicious raspberry filling. You can use it for anything that calls for a fruit filling, as a topping for ice cream, or even for making a PB&J sandwich.
Homemade vinaigrette takes only a few moments, but the flavors are incredible. Bright and fresh, this homemade Greek dressing is a family favorite. Give it a try and see just how easy it is to make homemade Greek vinaigrette for yourself!
A tried and tested green bean chutney recipe that is easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. This recipe makes great use of the glut of vegetables that occurs at the end of summer.
Did you know that corn cob jelly is a thing? And that it tastes like summer in a jar? Actually, it tastes a whole lot like honey. I was able to make three pints of corn cob jelly from four cobs. It was super easy, too. Learn how to make this delicious recipe.
Blend fresh basil with olive oil, garlic, pignoli nuts, and parmesan cheese to make a delicious and nutritious basil pesto sauce.
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 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.
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.
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.
Carrot chutney is a sweet, tangy, and spicy sauce that you can use as a side dish with rice, flatbread, roti, idli, etc. It's very easy to make; I made it in only about 12 minutes. Try it!
Love watermelon and want to eat it year-round? Pickled watermelon packs a little summer in every jar.
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.
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.
Making enchilada sauce at home takes less time than a trip to the store, and the results are so incredible—rich, tangy, smoky deliciousness—that you'll reach for this recipe first, every time!
Pressure-canning your own homemade chicken broth is easy, and having it available in your cellar is convenient and inspiring.
Quick and rustic spaghetti alla puttanesca can transform your weeknight dinner into a mini mental-vacation in Naples! This recipe is perfect for just the family or when hosting guests.
This tomato-garlic dip or sauce has wonderful taste and herbal flavor. I used tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh basil, sugar, butter, oil, salt, and dried oregano leaves for making this dip. Try it!
Never made your own mayonnaise? Well, now is the time to start with this quick and easy recipe. You probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard, so give it a go!
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.
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.
When I decided to attempt making homemade pineapple coconut pancakes, I knew they wouldn't be complete without coconut syrup, but I had no idea where to buy it—so I made my own, and it was delicious!
This recipe doubles as either a salad dressing or a veggie dip. Lemon, dill, and garlic combine well and complement each other, resulting in a creamy, ranch-style dip.
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!
This article explains how I make my Litah's authentic Mexican guacamole in five minutes. Detailed instructions, photos, and complete video instructions for this simple guacamole recipe are included.
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.
Learn how to prepare your foods for storage, canning or freezing. This article explains what I do to prepare my food and why I choose to can or freeze it.
I love pickled beets, and I enjoy canning. This article will show you how to pickle beets and then can them for storage!
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.
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!
If you like biscuits and gravy, you may wish to try this easy country gravy recipe. You can make your own biscuits if you wish or buy the dough from the store. Add your favorite sides, and you're set.
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.
Looking for a hot, spicy, refreshing, and aromatic side dish? Coriander leaf chutney might be a perfect choice for you! This amazing chutney can be made in a jiffy with only a few ingredients.
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.
Spiced vanilla pear jam in the crockpot is one of the first things on my fall to-do list every year. I simply can't imagine starting the new season without the smells of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg wafting through my house. Yum!
A gooey, dark brown and salty spread has been marketed under the slogan “Love Me or Hate Me, I’m Yours.” Learn all about the phenomenon that is Marmite.
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!
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 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.
This dip is super easy and adds a great flare to an appetizer spread. This can also be used as a topper of a variety of meats, veggies, and pasta. Get creative!
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.
Sauce made with fresh tomatoes has a unique flavor, and the sweetness of the tomatoes grown in your own or someone else's yard can't be beat. Add whatever other vegetables and/or meat you like, and you have a healthy and tasty sauce for your pasta.
This is my grandmother's tried and tested plum jam recipe that I have been enjoying since I was a child.
This easy, raw pesto sauce uses fresh kale, garlic, herbs, and toasted sunflower seeds for a multi-purpose condiment!
You can make a delicious chutney with ridge gourd peels. This chutney/sauce is very easy to make. Pair this side dish with rice, idli, dosa, etc.
Many people are afraid to try to preserve vegetables because they think it is difficult or are fearful of making someone sick from botulism. But if you follow sound canning procedures, you can succeed!
Béarnaise sauce is a staple in many places and can be a little tricky to prepare. Fear not, for I am here to guide you through how to make Béarnaise sauce from scratch.
Making pesto is easy—let me show you how to make a basic basil pesto. In this recipe, I give you variations using different herbs, nuts, and cheeses and (of course) recipes to showcase your freshly made pesto.
This delicious salsa is easy to prepare and is always a crowd-pleaser. It can be served as an appetizer with chips, or it can be served as a main dish with rice or couscous. This salsa, which can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, is versatile, colorful, and delicious.