How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto

  Are you reluctantly saying goodbye to summer?  Here’s my perception. Whip up a large batch of homemade pesto.  Then freeze it.  IN ICE CUBE TRAYS!! (yes, that deserved the double exclamation point).  We all love the smell and taste of fresh basil pesto.  We need it during the non summer months.  That said, here’sContinue reading “How to Freeze Homemade Basil Pesto”

Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing

  This post is gonna be short and sweet.  No need to elaborate on the “process” involved in making this dressing.  Just know that you should never be afraid to make your own.   Tangy, herbaceous, and refreshing … after making this recipe, you will never go back to the store-bought stuff.  Buttermilk Herb Ranch DressingContinue reading “Buttermilk Herb Ranch Dressing”

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a beautiful combination of strained Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, spring onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  It is traditionally served alongside grilled meats, and makes a wonderful addition to pita and hummus, or a crudites platter.  It is cool, crisp, tangy, and refreshing. If you have never made homemade tzatziki sauceContinue reading “Tzatziki Sauce”

Lamb Meatball Lettuce Cups with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Friends often ask me for appetizer recipes. Something new and out of the ordinary. Well, here ya go … make these, make these! Just make sure I make the invite list. If you’re going to make lamb meatballs, this is the way to do it. Little flavor bombs packed with garlic, onion, parsley, oregano, mint,Continue reading “Lamb Meatball Lettuce Cups with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce”

Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  Homemade salad dressing vs. store-bought salad dressing.  No comparison.  Homemade always wins. Every time.  C’mon…we all know it’s true. What do I normally do on a weeknight when it comes to salad dressing, you ask?  I simply squeeze a little fresh lemon juice onto some baby greens, toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt,Continue reading “Homemade Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing”

Whipped Feta with Herb Oil

I could give you this recipe with no narrative.  Read the above title to yourself…yup…it’s as delicious as it sounds. (I’ll give a little narrative anyway, ’cause I know you love reading ’em…right?)   Whipped feta and I go together like milk and cookies, Jell-o and jiggle, coffee and donuts, a wink and a smile, peanutContinue reading “Whipped Feta with Herb Oil”

Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce

  Cooking in the crock pot is ten times better than any potpourri you could ever use.  With that in mind, nothing beats filling your home with the aroma of apples, sugar, and warm fall spices.  Once you make homemade applesauce, you will never go back to the store-bought stuff.  I’m hooked. This recipe isContinue reading “Crock Pot Cinnamon Applesauce”

Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce

  This is easy. This is delicious. This feeds everyone. This is Italian, and I love it. Bolognese is a meat based sauce (“ragu”) originating from Bologna, Italy.  It’s a complex and slow cooking sauce.  My variation is made up of pancetta, a mixture of ground beef/veal/pork, onion, celery, carrots, dry red wine, crushed tomatoes,Continue reading “Crock Pot Bolognese Sauce”

Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce

  This is the perfect time of the year to share my fresh homemade tomato sauce.   Tomatoes are in abundance at the farmers markets, and they’re at their peak of freshness.  This is definitely a summer tomato sauce.  Light, extremely flavorful, and oh so fresh tasting.  This sauce will ruin all other tomato saucesContinue reading “Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce”

Spinach Basil Lemon Pesto (Nut-Free)

  Pesto is so versatile.   With just a few basic ingredients,  you can easily make fresh pesto.  I love to use pesto as a flavor booster in many recipes.  I add it to soups, vinaigrettes, and marinades.  I use it as a sauce on homemade pizza and to top grilled meat and veggies.  IContinue reading “Spinach Basil Lemon Pesto (Nut-Free)”