salted caramel sauce

Jan 18, 2012 by

we’re snowed in.  and i LOVE every second of it.  we’ve both been working from home, which is awesome.  not any different for me, but it is very nice to have tom around!  we’ve also been loving on our new puppy, lucy… and so now i must do the obligatory new dog bragging:  isn’t she just adorable? ok, so back to the recipe.  i did run out of caramel sauce for my coffee.  i’m one of those people that fills my coffee with a bunch of sweet and creamy stuff, to ensure that it doesn’t taste much like coffee at all.  no amount of snow is going to keep me from a proper caffeine fix sugar buzz. source: bakingdom *please note, we are not the kind of people that keep our christmas tree up year round…...

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cheese sauce

Dec 14, 2011 by

this cheese sauce is great.  it is great with chili cheese fries, can be used for dunking pretzel bites, smothered on top of nachos… i’ll bet that it would be great mixed up with some pasta.   the evaporated milk gives it a very smooth texture and the cheese can easily be changed, based on what you’re serving.  try pepper jack with your pretzel bites or nachos.  white cheddar for pasta.  the possibilities are endless! source: seriouseats 8 oz. cheese, grated 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk 2 tsp (or more) frank’s red hot sauce cayenne pepper, to taste in a small bowl, toss cheese and cornstarch, until the cheese is evenly coated.  put in a medium sauce pan. add 2/3 of the can of milk and hot sauce.  add the...

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tartar sauce

Apr 9, 2011 by

i can eat ketchup on just about anything… french fries, hot dogs, pork chops, steak (though not as much since i have discovered longhorn’s crab stuffed filet), and fish sticks.  especially fish sticks.  considering i am not much of a fish fan, ketchup makes it tolerable. tom, on the other hand, prefers tartar sauce.  (i say, blech! pickles! :-P!) here’s what you’ll need to create homemade tartar sauce.  it’s pretty simple because all of the items in your kitchen, right now.  it also saves me from buying a bottle for one person when i decide to make buy frozen fish sticks once a year. 🙂 source: allrecipes.com 1/4 c mayo 1 tsp sweet pickle relish 1/8-1/4 tsp onion powder 2 tsp lemon juice salt and pepper, to taste in a small bowl, whisk together...

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ranch dressing

Jan 1, 2011 by

i love ranch dressing.  i don’t love the calories, but i think that this may have an edge on store-bought varieties because it lacks preservatives.  it’s also delicious.  i think i might try using fresh chives next time and also mincing up green onion to use in addition to onion powder.  and maybe doubling the garlic powder.  it’s a work in progress.  🙂 1/2 c light mayo 1/4 or 1/2 c light sour cream (1/4 c for salads, 1/2 c for dip) 3/4 or 1/4 c buttermilk (3/4 c for salads, 1/2 c for dip) 1/2 tsp dried chives 1/2 tsp dried parsley 1/4 tsp dried dill weed 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp ground black pepper in a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. cover...

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pear and greens salad

Dec 11, 2010 by

moving to a healthier part of thanksgiving 2010 🙂 pear and green salad was inspired partly by salad at my favorite chicken tender place: maniac’s, partly by strawberry spinach salad and partly because pears are now in season. the spiced pecans in this salad are very similar to the ones served at maniac’s.  be sure to make extra of these, because you’ll want to munch on them!  they store really well in the fridge, after cooling. adapted slightly from about.com for the salad: 1 package of mixed greens 1 pear, cored and chopped 1/2 c spiced pecans 1/2 c crumbled feta (or bleu cheese) 1 recipe celery seed dressing place salad greens in a large serving bowl, followed by feta, pecans and pears.  toss with dressing or serve on the side, whichever you prefer....

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pico de gallo

Oct 25, 2010 by

as mentioned in my previous post, i went a little crazy on the dips for quesadilla dinner last week.  pico de gallo is very simple to make and this is just one example of several variations.   This recipe makes about a cup and a half of pico.  Multiply as needed! 4 roma tomatoes, seeded, pulp removed and chopped.  (This is important, or you’ll end up with pico soup!) 1/4 sweet onion or 1/2 red onion, finely chopped. (Use whatever kind of onion that you prefer!) small handful of finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño, finely chopped.  (If you want more heat, leave the seeds in.) 1 tsp minced garlic dash or two of garlic powder dash or two of  ground cumin 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve immediately.  For...

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guacamole

Oct 20, 2010 by

tonight we had a quick quesadilla dinner before bran and i ran over to paint + canvas for an awesome painting class!  i was going to throw some southwest salad on the side, but bran is not a salad fan, so i kinda went a little crazy with dips for the the quesadillas instead.  this is option numero uno.  i can’t give you my opinion on this dish because i am not a guac fan.  you’ll just have to try it and decide for yourself. slightly adapted from: allrecipes.com 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 tsp salt 1/4 c diced onion 3 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro 1 roma tomato, diced 1 tsp minced garlic 1 pinch, ground cayenne pepper in a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice...

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chicken tacadillas w/ roasted corn pico de gallo...

Aug 11, 2010 by

i am a big fan of rachael ray… and was very excited recently to watch her in the mornings on some extended time off from work.  this was one of the recipes that she featured… which included fish.  it almost made me want to try the recipe as it was.  however, i chickened out (no pun intended) and the voice of reason in my head (tom :)) said to go for the chicken.  so here is my version of the recipe, slightly adapted from the original.  this recipe also includes a bonus recipe for pico de gallo! 4 small vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (leave the seeds in for more heat!) 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped a small handful of cilantro leaves, finely chopped...

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yum yum sauce

Jun 20, 2010 by

one of my favorite staples of hibachi grill is yum yum sauce.  it’s not asian at all, and it isn’t really that healthy  but it is so stinkin good.   it’s pretty simple to make at home, as long as you let it refrigerate over night. first off, this sauce compliments fried rice really well.  the first thing to do is cook up some rice.  take it out of the pan and allow it to cool.  in the same pan, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil and cook 1 scrambled egg per every 2 servings.  break up the egg into very small pieces.  return the rice to the pan, add soy sauce and you have fried rice. now on to the yum yum sauce! 1 1/4 c hellman’s real mayonnaise (do not use light or...

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