Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

Cumin Glazed Grilled Ribs with Tequila Pineapple Salsa

Border Grill Glaze Ribs with Pineapple Salsa

Along with the Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta, we were also served some amazing frilled ribs during lunch at Border Grill. The ribs were fantastic, covered in a spice rub, lightly charred on the grill and finished with a spicy-sweet glaze. They were also so tender that the meat slid right off the bone once you started to eat. When chefs Susan and Mary sue demonstrated the ... Read More »

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at Border Grill. All of the food was fantastic, but one of the most memorable dishes was an avocado chimichurri that was served with tomatoes on top of crostini. It was the California version of bruschetta and it was delicious. I got the recipe after lunch and tried it out a few times at home. It’s easy to ... Read More »

How to make Mexican Grilled Street Corn

Grilled Street Corn

When it is in season, fresh sweet corn is amazing no matter how you serve it. I’ve had it in dozens of ways, from raw when it was picked just minutes before to cooked into a velvety creamed corn dish. My favorite way to enjoy corn, however, is grilled corn on the cob – and better still is Mexican Grilled Street Corn. This style of ... Read More »

Honey Cornbread Muffins

Honey Cornbread Muffins

Although cornbread can be a fairly hearty food, I find that I often bake it during the summertime. It is easy to make a batch of cornbread – so you don’t need to spend a long time in the kitchen, or have the oven on for hours – and it can be served with just about anything. I like cornbread a little bit on the ... Read More »

Olive Oil Crackers

Olive Oil Crackers

Crackers are one of my favorite snack foods because they are so versatile. There is at least one kind of cracker out there that will go with every dip, sauce or salsa that you could imagine, and they’re a great snack on their own. Crackers get a little more interesting when you make them yourself and Olive Oil Crackers are a great recipe to start ... Read More »

How to make Homemade Peanut Butter

how to make your own peanut butter

Peanut butter is a delicious and versatile ingredient that we can spread on sandwiches, mix into cookies and use as a base for all kinds of savory sauces. Most of the time, we buy our peanut butter and choose from one of dozens of varieties available at the supermarket. If you have a food processor, you can actually make your own peanut butter very easily ... Read More »

Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Spiced Pecans

It’s hard to resist freshly made candied or spiced nuts, especially when they’re still just a tiny bit warm from the oven. It’s even more difficult when you have a good combination of sweet and savory spices on those nuts, as it gives them a rather addictive quality. Fortunately for some of my holiday guests, this is exactly the treatment I gave to these pecans. ... Read More »

Maple Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Maple Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce

I like homemade cranberry sauce because it is so easy and usually much better tasting than anything you can buy. The most basic cranberry sauce recipe calls for whole cranberries, water and sugar. From this basic combination of ingredients, you can really flavor the sauce any way you like. You can add spices or citrus zest, apple or orange juice, and really make the cranberry ... Read More »

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