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Jul
7

Fava, Er, Lima Bean Dip

Fava, Er, Lima Bean Dip Do you know this saying? “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Of course you do. Well, I have a new saying. It goes like this…”When life hands you a set of beans that you’re not sure you like and definitely don’t appreciate the color of, make bean dip.” That’s what I did when I thought I had fava beans in my freezer for something like eight months....
Jun
16

How to Make Honey Mustard Sauce

How to Make Honey Mustard Sauce Honey mustard sauce was one of the first dipping sauces I learned to master. A friend and I created dozens of versions before finally settling on our favorite combination of sweet, tangy, and salty. Honey mustard sauce deserves sweet potato fries. Honey mustard sauce deserves fried chicken. Honey mustard sauce deserves a Cobb salad. (You don’t have to eat a Cobb with vinaigrette. I say it’s...
Apr
7

Rescuing Veggies from Misfit Veg Island

Rescuing Veggies from Misfit Veg Island You may have seen my previous post about the dollars and sense of making vegetable stock. In that recipe I was instructed to buy all new, whole vegetables and NOT to clean out the fridge. I obliged. Although, I didn’t 100% agree. Well, turns out two friends of mine have a trusted vegetable stock recipe, and it calls for vegetable scraps! Lucky for us, they agreed to share the recipe (along with some...
Mar
17

How to Make Vegetarian Espagnole Sauce

How to Make Vegetarian Espagnole Sauce In it’s simplest form, espagnole sauce is a meat-based stock thickened with a roux. You make beef stock by slowly simmering beef bones and trimmings in herbs for several hours. It’s a time intensive process that requires one hefty stock pot. I have not endeavored to make a beef stock, but I have made vegetable stock. While at first I didn’t think all the money and time was worth making a...
Mar
8

Bean Dip Recipes Listed by Bean

Bean Dip Recipes Listed by Bean Raise your hands if you think bean dip is the best dip IN THE WORLD? One, two, three…oh, there’s too many to count. The following bean dip recipes are categorized by bean type. I know there are dozens (if not hundreds) more bean dip recipes not listed here, so tell me what I’ve missed in the comments. I’d like to hear from you. Baked beans – Baked beans (usually navy beans)...
Mar
1

Comparing Barbecue Sauces

Comparing Barbecue Sauces There’s a whole world of sauce connoisseurs devoted to barbecue sauce. In fact, you can find a number of food blogs devoted to the culture, including this, this, and this one. Barbecue sauces tend to fall under different categories based on the main ingredient, which might be tomato, mustard, or vinegar. Then there’s the barbecue sauces that are grouped by function: mopping sauce coats meat...
Feb
22

Dollars and Sense of Vegetable Stock

Dollars and Sense of Vegetable Stock Many advise that making your own vegetable stock is a MUST DO. Seeing how I make a few sauces and soups around here, I heeded the advice and made my own. Here’s how homemade vegetable stock compares to store bought vegetable stock: Does it take less time to make your own vegetable stock? Of course not. Is homemade vegetable stock cheaper? Heck no. Does homemade vegetable stock taste better? Sure. Is...
Feb
17

Getting to Know the Barefoot Contessa – Tapenade and Bolognese Recipes

Getting to Know the Barefoot Contessa – Tapenade and Bolognese Recipes Last fall I received a complimentary copy of Ina Garten’s cookbook How Easy is That? thanks to the Cake Duchess and her awesome give away. Since then, I’ve read almost every page of the book and tried quite a few of the recipes. The two recipes I can’t wait to share with you are, of course, a dip and a sauce. What else!       An Ina Garten-Inspired Tapenade During the last...
Feb
10

Hummus Dip. Because You Love It.

Hummus Dip. Because You Love It. Take a minute to Google the word “hummus.” No, really. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Notice how many possible results there are? Google tells me that there are 3,830,000 hummus results, which is not quite as many results as bean dip gets (4.4 million), but it’s still impressive. I mean, potato chip dip only produces 315,000 results! My point here is that hummus is a fascination. It’s a...
Feb
3

Don’t Deny Your Love of Potato Chip Dip

Don’t Deny Your Love of Potato Chip Dip There are few foods I would sit through a football game for. There are few foods I would send my husband to the store to get in negative temperature weather. Potato chips and potato chip dip equal life. I know, it’s so low brow. But if I could only have one more dip in this life, it would be potato chip dip. I can’t deny it. Unlike some others….My friend, who shall remain nameless,...

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