Dips and Sauces

Salad Dressing of Strawberry Balsamic Reduction

April 5, 2010
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Yes it is the long awaited strawberry balsamic salad dressing!  This dressing is packed with flavor.  You don’t need a lot.  If you are the type to add 1/2 cup of dressing into your bowl and thickly coat all of your salad, this is not the dressing for you.  Here, a little bit goes a […]


Apricot & Yogurt Mustard with Sage & Morel Chips

April 2, 2010

Sometimes it’s all about the little things, right?  Like this sweet apricot & yogurt mustard, intended to garnish my birthday celebration of roast lamb.  My memories of lamb growing up at various family functions always involved some sickly sweet mint jelly from a jar that I thought had no place near any meat I was […]



February 20, 2010

The olives one can get here are ridiculously gorgeous.  Anyone who goes to the market on Saturday can see the olive sellers, who must have over two dozen types of olives.  I walk by and drool, and wish that I could just sample one of each.  Coming from an area where I only knew of […]


White Bean and Tuna Dip

February 17, 2010

Hummus isn’t the only bean dip out there.  And while I love hummus, tahini is expensive and can be hard to find.  I made this white bean and tuna dip to go with our “mezze” for this month’s Daring Kitchen challenge.  I originally decided to create a white bean dip because I couldn’t find tahini […]


Creamy Béchemel, Gluten Free

December 21, 2009

French cooking has 4 basic “mother sauces” – béchemel, allemande, velouté, and espagnole (though sometimes hollandaise is on the list too), and this one takes what I consider the richest of them and makes it richer.  I found this recipe in my mom’s 40+ year old Gourmet cookbook and oh is this good.  I don’t […]


Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

October 23, 2009

These were totally a spur of the moment dish that I made this afternoon – ever since purchasing rice paper spring roll wrappers for last month’s Daring Cook’s Challenge (my Fried Apple Cheesecake Pillows), I’ve been trying to come up with what to do with the rest of these wrappers.  Then, it hit me – […]