Cool Stuff – Sauces & Condiments
“Cranberry Relish”

This week I’m doing a series of Thanksgiving recipes before I announce some big news next week. Get ready! I’m going to call this series “Thanksgiving Revisited: How to spice up your Thanksgiving dinner.” It includes a lot of the usual food themes but with a little twist or two. First off, is the wonderful irreplacable cranberry dish. Most people have a nice cranberry sauce. I have to admit, that […]

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“Fig Jam & Other Silliness”

I’ve decided that I might be insane. For example, I drove up to Dallas last night after attending a very important pumpkin carving party where I ate ribs and chicken legs like a cave woman. I couldn’t tell how fast I was going because for some reason the speedometer on my car changed to kilometers so basically I feel like a race car driver at all times now. 125 baby! […]

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“Pickled Peppers”

These are the peppers from my garden this year. You can call me Peter Piper. Thank you. The truth is, that they were planted by my brother’s mischievous friend Francesco. But Francesco dropped off the radar screen sometime in mid-summer when the weeds became unruly and it was time to separate the men from the boys and weed well into the evening. I think I still have a sunburn from […]

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“Pickled Swiss Chard”

On a scale of 1-5, how ambitious were you with your garden this year? I started out extremely ambitious. Like, I’m-the-best-farmer-in-the-world-ambitious. Then I had my ego handed to me on a platter made of corn stalk nubs, meticulously gnawed down by the chipmunks. But there were a few successes. In fact, there were many in the end. It just required a lot of weeding. A lot of weeding. A lot […]

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“Pickled Turnips”

I’m pickling a lot these days. That seems to be the way it goes with summer gardening. You hoe and weed and till and sow and water and worry and then it all comes pouring in at once, faster than you can eat it. When I have this problem, I pickle. Folks, get ready for a lot of pickling posts. It’s a sure path to colorful shelves. And besides, colorful […]

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“Homemade Elderflower Syrup”

The elderflowers are blooming. This is good on many levels. For one, flowers are just a prelude to berries. And berries are just a prelude to jelly. And elderflower jelly is something that my grandmother made as a child with her mother. I’m going to make some and bring it to Grandma Pellegrini. Now that the weather is warmer, Grandma P. can go outdoors. I paid her a visit and […]

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“Homemade Nutella”

The idea of homemade Nutella just thrills me. There is something so addictive about Nutella to begin with, but then when you tell me there’s a healthy version I can make… sign me up! My friend Elana over at Elana’s Pantry created this recipe. It has natural, whole ingredients, including unsweetened cocoa powder, protein rich nuts, and agave nectar, a natural sweetener. Once the hazelnuts are roasted the skins slip […]

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“Beurre Blanc”

Butter sauce, that is, in English speak. Butter is such a magical thing, don’t you think? I call it udder nectar. Sometimes. Only with people who know me well, like you for example. But I usually don’t call it that at a first encounter. You see, we get so caught up in recipes, but sometimes it can be simpler than that. Sometimes butter sauce is all you need to “enlighten” […]

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“How to Make Hot Sauce: Habanero”

As you well know, I have a thing for hot sauce. At one point I thought I had tried all of the bottles in the store. Then I made this whiskey hot sauce for my book Food Heroes. I felt it was my job to preach hot sauce to the world. Then I found one more recipe to try… it was magical. Lots ‘o fresh ingredients like cilantro, cherry tomatoes, […]

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“Whiskey Hot Sauce”

I’m at the airport again. I think I am now officially on a first name basis with many airport security people around the country. They have my x-ray on hand to refer to, which expedites things nicely. While I’m sitting here though, I thought I’d tell you about my favorite hot sauce recipe of late. It’s true I have a bit of a hot sauce obsession and have spent a […]

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