Category Archives: condiments

Cherry Mojito

july 29, 2016

cherry mojito

When you cook, you sometimes make mistakes. I cook a lot, and I make a lot of mistakes. It’s how I learn. Those cute little refrigerator magnets say it succinctly : Always Make New Mistakes.

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Shrimp, Avocado and Vegetable Salad

june 3, 2016

shrimp, avocado and vegetable salad

When I have overindulged in creamy, starchy foods, nothing makes me feel balanced like a meal-in-a bowl with lots of crunchy veggies and a little protein. There is no guilt associated with my heavier food phase, but rather an uncomfortable fullness and a food fatigue that calls for lighter fare.

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Smoky Vegan Cashew Cheese

may 6, 2016

smoky vegan cashew cheese

 

There was a vegan cheese spread I used a few years ago for a client who stopped eating dairy, with a persistent longing for the texture and taste of a creamy cheese, but with a strong dislike for the soy substitutes available. This cheese was made from oats and had a light caramel color and hickory smoke flavor. It was so delicious I purchased some just for me and indulged.

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Asparagus and Tomato Pesto Pasta

april 22, 2016

asparagus and tomato pesto pasta

Know why pasta dinners are so popular? Boil water, add pasta, open jar of sauce and that’s that. Wouldn’t it be great if you had easy-to-defrost homemade sauce in the freezer, like kale apricot pesto or herbed roasted tomatoes? Now add sun-dried tomato pesto to that list.

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Parsley Pear Salad

february 26, 2016

parsley pear salad

Anyone who enjoys a good tabbouleh can attest to the importance of parsley in this hearty salad.  Poor parsley is usually relegated to garnish status, limply lurking at the side of your dinner plate in restaurants and turning to grey flakes in your spice cabinet. So easy to grow in pots on your deck, or in the ground once summer sun kisses the earth, parsley (and I am referring to the meatier Italian flat parsley) makes a wonderful addition to your salads, dressings and pestos.

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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Dates

october 30, 2015

pimento cheese stuffed dates

 

There are iconic Southern dishes that have become staples of the American culinary experience. No New South restaurant worth its salt would fail to offer Shrimp and Grits, creamy with cheese and flecked with bits of cured pork. The New York Times recently profiled local eateries vying for the best fluffy biscuits, but we know the most outstanding are made with White Lily Flour, a soft winter wheat, and full fat buttermilk. And then there is pimento cheese…. Continue reading

Steak with Apple Jalapeño Salsa

october 2, 2015

steak with apple jalapeño salsa

When apples are paired with meats, the usual suspects are pork and chicken. Rarely does one think of apple and beef. I hope to alter that perception with a spice rubbed grilled flat iron steak accompanied by a refreshing citrus kissed apple salsa.

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Ginger Plum Chutney

september 18, 2015

ginger plum chutney

 

 

We’ve had a good run with stone fruits in Virginia this summer. The white and yellow peaches have been outstanding, softly perfumed and ripe for  eating straight from the farm stands. All colors and shapes of plums have tempted me with their beauty, but my favorite stone fruit was the squatty yellow donut peach, with its adherent stone and dense, sweet flesh.  Continue reading

Scallop and Corn Salad with Pickled Red Onion

august 21, 2015

scallop and corn salad with pickled red onion

 

When fresh corn season winds down, I am scrambling to think of ways to enjoy these precious kernels before they disappear. Simple, of course, is always best, as in boiled, salted and buttered.

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Herbed Buttermilk Dressing

july 10, 2015

herbed buttermilk dressing

This year I have an abundance of fresh herbs, a yield so plentiful that I am giddy with the possibility of adding them to nearly everything I cook. Lately I have been on a thick and creamy salad dressing kick, or craving thick and chunky like the tomato basil white wine vinaigrette on The Good Eats Company menu.  When you have tasted homemade creamy herbed salad dressing, you will never again stroll the grocery aisle for something gloppy with fillers and false flavors.

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