Category Archives: Sauces & Dressings

BBQ Time @Refinery29: Apple BBQ Sauce

Northern Indiana just had the coldest July on record. Seriously. When I woke up yesterday, it was 50 degrees. Right now? 54…AT THE END OF JULY. Within the next ten days, we “might” reach 82. What happened to the hot Midwestern summers that I lovingly remember? July and August used to be the hottest months…

A Better Bird: Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Chicken

I know you are all probably about tired of eating turkey, but what about chicken? Time to push those Thanksgiving leftovers to the side and try something a little new…blueberry balsamic bbq chicken! Being winter in the Midwest, fresh blueberries might not be in season. However, frozen blueberries work just as well and they make…

Batter Up: Blueberry Coconut Pancakes and Buttery Coconut Maple Syrup

Breakfast for dinner is always a winner…especially if dinner means pancakes. Not just any old pancakes my friend, but blueberry coconut pancakes topped with warm, buttery coconut maple syrup. Coconut and blueberry are two ingredients that are born to be paired. The rich, tropical flair of the coconut milk broken by the tartness of berries is a match that…

“Like” My Recipes: Kikkoman Master Sauce Contest

After some persuasion from my Facebook crew, I decided to go ahead and enter my third recipe contest. Am I mad? All of this promoting and sharing and liking and sharing and all of this “PLEASE VOTE FOR ME!” It’s craziness! The ironic thing about it all is that I DETEST popular voting of anything….

It’s Plum Season: Canning Asian Plum Sauce

Canning season is in full swing around our house! Green beans, potatoes, pie fillings, pickles, applesauce…it’s been one crazy, canning summer. Truth be told…I’m kind of tired of making the same old preserves, the same old jellies. BOR-ING. I mean, we use these items all year long, so they are very practical. However, I want something different….

Everyday Bolognese

“Bolognese sauce, known in Italian as ragù alla bolognese, is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a complex sauce which involves slow cooking using a variety of techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely…

Chicago Food Swap: Seven Days of Food Haul

After a year of eyeballing and envying the Chicago Food Swap, I finally got to attend my first swap, last Sunday. I’ve been riding on so much giddiness and excitement that I’ve decided to start a NWI Food Swap. It quickly took on a life of it’s own. How amazing that so many people, right…

The Weekend Treat: Pizza Sauce

If you are trying to avoid foods made with the overly used high fructose corn syrup, you might want to take a closer look at your pre-made tomato based sauces. Used to balance out the tartness of the tomatoes, HFCS  can typically be found in pizza sauces, ketchup, spaghetti sauce and barbecue sauces.  I personally…