Category Archives: Savory Snacks, Dips and Sauces

Fresh Cranberry Relish

Countdown to Thanksgiving: T-3 days. I like to be able to check things off my list in advance. There’s always so much to do on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, I don’t have a problem with the cooking, but it does get annoying to clean out bowls and appliances every 5 minutes when doing prep work for various dishes. This relish, from Food and Wine magazine is ... Read More »

Fat Free Potato Chips

I will admit that I was completely astounded that this worked. I made potato chips – crispy, salty, tasty potato chips – without using oil. And I did it with my microwave. For a few years, I didn’t have a microwave because, let’s face it, the one thing you really need a microwave for is to thaw some varieties of frozen food. And 90% of ... Read More »

Takeout-Style Orange Sichuan Chicken

I don’t always want to cook dinner. Neither do you. That’s why someone brilliant came up with the idea of takeout. You get the freshness of a just-prepared meal without either cooking or actually having to spend a whole meal at a restaurant. In fact, since you only have to run out of your car to pick it up, you can save even more valuable ... Read More »

Pumpkin Hummus and Pita Chips

Having recently acquired some seasonal cookie cutters, it was not a big leap to decide to use them to cute something other than dough, although you might not suspect that if you’ve been paying attention this week. I layered some fresh pitas and pressed the butters through them to make lots of thin chips. There is no magic number here, simply make as many as ... Read More »

Roasted Strawberry and Tomato Salsa

Salsa is a condiment with a lot of versatility. Most are tomato-based, of course, but you can add in all kinds of sweet and savory ingredients to give a simple salsa a whole new flavor twist. One twist that I recently put on my homemade salsa was adding strawberries to the mix. This Roasted Strawberry and Tomato Salsa is not your average salsa and, even ... Read More »

Sichuan-Style Veggies

If for no other reason than to prove that I do, in fact, eat things other than cake, I decided to mention these veggies. Actually, the better reason for mentioning them is the sauce. An issue of EatingWell from February of this year had a great article about stir frying. They offered two easy to make sauces and six dishes that could all be prepared ... Read More »

Slow Cooked Ribs and Root Beer BBQ sauce

Root Beer BBQ

Ordinarily, I would make ribs in the oven. They would be seasoned, sauced, wrapped tightly in foil and baked long hours at a low temperature until the meat was falling-off-the-bone tender. I am not thrilled with the heat that this generates in my kitchen, butt the only real problem I see with this method is that it renders my oven unavailable to other baked goods. ... Read More »

Orange, Honey and Chipotle Chicken

It’s a good sign when the things you make turn out to look just like the pictures. It’s also a good sign when it tastes as good as it looks. This recipe from Bon Appetit caught my interest in an article about great barbeque. I only made the glaze, instead of additionally marinating the chicken, and used it on both chicken and grilled eggplant slices. ... Read More »

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