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,…

Tzatziki

A delicious addition to a summer meal! It’s especially good with Greek Grilled Chicken, by itself or in gyros. I like it best when begun at least 12 hours before dinner. That allows the yogurt and shredded cucumber to strain for several hours so that the tzatziki can be nice and thick. But if you…

Citrus-Pickled Red Onion With Jalapeño

I love this recipe as a side for Pork Carnitas! Pickling the peppers and onions in a citrus brine is the perfect complement to the hint of citrus in the carnitas. It’s quick and easy to make, and of course goes with all sorts of other dishes, too. There’s very little sugar other than the…

Fresh Ginger-Orange Chutney

A tiny bit tart, a hint of sweetness, and a playful nip of ginger. This bright chutney is the perfect accompaniment for Apple-Barley Chickpea Curry. You can serve it immediately, but you’ll enjoy it even more if you make it a day or two ahead of time. I don’t remember where I got these cute…

Cilantro-Mint Pesto

Too many fresh herbs is a wonderful problem to have. It seems I finally rid my Aerogarden of aphids (knock on wood), and now my cilantro is growing wild. My mint is beginning to emerge from the ground, and it looks like it may have more than doubled in size since last year. I’m really…

Fresh Mint Pesto

Pesto is a brilliant invention, and not just because it’s so good. Sometimes, herb plants have a way of getting out of control. Especially mint. It’s an incredibly aggressive plant. I have some growing in my Aerogarden, and it grew so much that the roots went right through the filter & started to clog the pump and…

The Best Homemade Brown Gravy

Thick, rich, deeply flavored brown gravy. A roast turkey seems naked without it! There’s a longstanding tradition in my family that you get to choose the dinner menu on your birthday. For me, that meant that not only would I get to have my favorite dinner (roast pork with Lawrey salt rub, applesauce, & corn on the cob)…

Homemade Marinara Sauce

This marinara is so easy and delicious, I haven’t bought a single jar since I discovered it. I can’t take credit for the recipe, it’s from Cooking Light magazine. I’ve just tweaked the prep directions a bit, to make it faster & more efficient. I also eliminated the salt they used, since my favorite crushed tomatoes don’t…