Za’atar Seasoning

Can a seasoning blend be cheerful? I think za’atar is. It has such a bright, open flavor that it will make you smile. I thought that even before I read that marjoram and oregano contain compounds that, at least in rodents, can affect dopamine and serotonin levels. Since that’s how many antidepressant medications work, maybe…

Miso Five-Spice Sauce

This savory Asian fusion sauce is fast and easy to make. The flavor is smooth and sophisticated and tastes like you simmered it all day. Serve with Five-Spice Sheet Pan Supper, or slather it on ribs. How will you serve it? Let me know in the comments below. Ingredients: 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1…

Bourbon Bacon Jam

As much as I enjoy developing, cooking, and eating healthy recipes, I do occasionally enjoy, shall we say, more indulgent foods. Bacon is one of my favorite indulgences. My whole family loves bacon, and my husband is also a bourbon fan. So when I came across a recipe for Bacon Bourbon Jam on Biscuits &…

Off-the-Hook Homemade Jalapeño Hot Sauce

“Life is a rush into the unknown. You can duck down & hope nothing hits you, or stand as tall as you can, show it your teeth & say: ‘Dish it up, baby, and don’t be stingy with the jalapeños.’ ” — Grey Owl. Wow! I’ve had a lot of hot sauce in my day,…

Basil Aioli

This quick and easy sauce packs more flavor punch than most complicated sauces. All it requires is a little chopping and measuring, a good stir, and a half hour or so to let the flavors meld. It’s the perfect accompaniment to my Chicken, Basil, & Brassica Sheet Pan Supper.  

Epicurean Sauce

This delightful, delicately flavored sauce is the perfect accompaniment to ham or roast beef. We had a wonderful ham for Christmas Eve dinner this year. It can be a busy day, so I like to do something easy for dinner. Sometimes it’s a slow-cooker meal so that my dinner prep is over well before lunchtime.This…

Homemade Applesauce

Fall is nearly here, and do you know what that means? Fresh, homemade applesauce! Definitely one of my favorite foods to make, and to eat. And soooo much better than canned!  I’m fortunate to live in an area with several nearby orchards. Going apple picking is a favorite family and school activity around here, or you can buy your…

Fresh Tomato Sauce

If any vegetable can convince you to start your own garden, it’s the tomato. If blindfolded and given a sample of a homegrown tomato and a greenhouse one, I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought they were completely different vegetables. Of course, you have to live in a climate that tomatoes enjoy. Too hot, cold,…