Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You probably have a variety of condiments in your refrigerator right now. At the very least, there are probably a few jars of mustard, a few bottles of sriracha or other hot sauces and some ketchup. Condiments like these are not items that we usually think of making from scratch, but it is possible to make each and every one of them – and the ... Read More »

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

I’ve always enjoyed deviled eggs, but I find that I’ve been eating them a lot more often than I used to. This is because deviled eggs – though never really out of “style” – are going through a bit of a renaissance and I’ve been seeing them on more and more menus over the last year. They’re great appetizers and it is easy to put ... Read More »

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Tri Tip with Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa with Grilled Tri Tip

During the summer, I like to grill and eat outside as much as possible. It’s always nice to be outside on a warm evening with friends, family and good food. This weekend is Labor Day weekend, and that generally serves as the unofficial end of the summer grilling season. I keep grilling just about year round, but I always make it a point to have ... Read More »

Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

I grow tomatoes in my garden during the summer, and that typically means that my kitchen is completely overflowing with tomatoes. My tomatoes seem to ripen in waves, so when I have a fresh batch, I usually rush to use them up before the next wave hits. I make pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and store it in the freezer for later use. I make ... Read More »

Irresistible Candied Peanuts

Irresistible Candied Peanuts

Candied nuts are a snack that is always great to have on hand. They’re salty and sweet, so they’re satisfying no matter what kind of snack you were in the mood for. They’re also easier to make than you ever imagined, and once you try theseĀ Irresistible Candied Peanuts, you’ll find that you are making them on a regular basis. The recipe calls for just three ... Read More »

Sweet and Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans

I love making spiced, roasted nuts. They’re a great snack to have around for everyday munching and they’re always a hit when you put them out at parties. Generally speaking, spiced nuts aren’t too difficult to make and you have complete control over how salty, spicy or sweet your nuts turn out – control that you just don’t get with prepackaged nut mixes. These Sweet ... Read More »

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Loaded Potato Puffs

The 46th annual Pillsbury Bake Off competition was held last week in Las Vegas. The contest is the largest cooking contest in the world, with a grand prize of $1 million dollars for the creator of the winning recipe. For the past few years, the winning recipes have been sweet treats – cookies and other desserts – but this year the winner was something a ... Read More »

Making Aioli and Meeting Daniel Boulud

Daniel makes aioli

Chef Daniel Boulud has just released his newest cookbook, Daniel: My French Cuisine and he is currently traveling around the country to visit different stores and attend different events to promote it. He made a stop in Los Angeles yesterday and I was able to attend a great cooking demo and get my copy of the book signed! Book signings and cooking demonstrations, although they’re ... Read More »

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