Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

Garlic Soft Pretzels

Garlic Salt Pretzel

Plain, salt-topped soft pretzels are one of the best snacks out there. They’re a great combination of chewy, crispy and salty – and they’re actually very easy to make at home. As good as they are when plain, however, it’s also easy to see them as a blank canvas for all kinds of other toppings. Much like a plain pizza, it can really be customized ... Read More »

Whipped Maple Butter

Maple is one of my favorite cold weather flavors. It has a unique, rich flavor and a caramely sweetness that you can’t find anywhere else. This year, I’ve noticed that the price for pure maple syrup has gone up quite a bit, due to there being a bit of a drop off in the supply. It’s not going to keep me from buying it, since ... Read More »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter

I like to have mashed potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner because they go so well with turkey gravy – and when you have good gravy it’s a shame not to use up as much of it as possible. Sometimes, as an alternative, I like to make sweet potatoes instead. Not only do they add a totally different flavor to the meal, but they add a ton ... Read More »

Blackberry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Blackberry Sauce

I’ve noticed, over the past few years, that recipes for cranberry sauce are calling for less and less sugar. Maybe it’s just the type of cranberry sauce that I’ve had, but cranberries have such a great natural tartness to them that I’ve never tasted a cranberry sauce that was too sweet. I far prefer cranberry sauces that are a little on the sweeter side because ... Read More »

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle peppers are known for having a smoky sweetness, with a slow but strong heat. The spice is what makes them so great, but the sweetness is fairly unique and lets chipotle work very well when paired with some much sweeter things. Honey and chipotle is one of my favorite combinations for a salsa. It wasn’t a stretch to make it into a smoky sweet ... Read More »

Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

When it comes to food, the term “devil” or “deviled” refers to foods that have hot or spicy seasonings added. The reference dates back about two centuries and some of the most common ingredients that fall into this category are hot mustard, tabasco sauce and red or cayenne peppers. The popular summertime picnic or potluck dish, deviled eggs, usually include one, two or all three ... Read More »

White Bean Hummus

Open my pantry and you’ll see all kinds of canned beans. They’re just so useful – good in soups, chilis, tossed in salads or processed into hearty dips – that I will always keep plenty around. Dips especially are a favorite of mine to make because I usually have something around that requires dipping, whether it is a bag of tortilla chips, a batch of ... Read More »

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