Spicy Quince Sambal

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INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 red Thai chiles, seeded &  finely chopped
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 small quinces—peeled, halved, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

PREPARATION

In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the garlic, chiles, ginger and onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the peanuts and cook until sizzling, about 3 minutes. Add the quinces, lime juice, sugar and salt. Cover and simmer, stirring a few times, until the quince is barely tender, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Stir in the mint and cilantro and serve.

Make Ahead
Sambal can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight

Herbal Caper Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cup

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons drained capers, chopped

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve on grilled fish, chicken or on grilled vegetables.

Chili Chipotle Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
3 tablespoons of chipotles in adobo sauce
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped fine and de-seeded
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. A handheld mixer will also work. Use on chicken, fish and steaks whenever you want. It is also an excellent and versatile mayo. Grilled chipotle chicken salad sandwiches with this mayo are perfect for a summertime weekend!

Pesto Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
1 cup pesto (recipe follows)

Pesto

2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup nuts- pine, macadamia, soy, walnut and pecan
3/4 cups fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of one lemon
Salt/pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a handheld mixer or food processor until smooth. Use on potato salads, tomato salads, grilled chicken, grilled fish and even bratwursts.

Citrus Herb Mayonnaise

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic mayo recipe or 2 cups store bought mayo
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup juice (mixture of lemon, orange and lime depending on which you prefer)
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is excellent on grilled tuna burgers, chicken sandwiches, shrimp salads and pasta salads.

Basic Mayo Recipe

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One thing we know to be true; we cannot live a proper summer without mayonnaise. Whether it be on a sandwich, used as a dip for grilled meats and fish, dipped into with French fries or put on salads, mayo (its nickname) is an everyday condiment. By altering the flavor just a smidgen here and there, a simple enhanced mayo can completely change the way your food tastes and make it so much more extraordinary.

Makes 2½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Pinch of salt
2 cups extra virgin olive oil

PREPARATION

In a food processor, add egg yolks, whole egg, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and salt. Run the processor on medium speed for about 20 to 30 seconds. While the food processor is still running begin to slowly pour the olive oil through the top; slowly adding all 2 cups (slow-constant pour). After all the oil has been added, run the processor a few more seconds and check for flavor and consistency. Add more salt or lemon juice if needed. Refrigerate with a lid.

Sun-dried Tomato Basil Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is an excellent condiment on grilled asparagus, grilled fish and seafood or any sandwich, hot dog or burger.

Fresh Herb Yogurt Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
¼ cup plain white yogurt
1 fresh red chili, chopped (optional for heat)

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is an excellent condiment on grilled meat sandwiches, chicken, steak, ground beef or lamb. Also excellent on grilled vegetables, zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Herbed Honey Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 to 2 tablespoons honey (depending on desired sweetness)

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve over grilled chicken or fish oron grilled steak sandwiches.

Spicy Thyme Mustard

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic whole grain mustard recipe or store bought whole grain mustard
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine.
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon red hot chili pepper, chopped

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve over grilled bratwurst, hot dogs or atop a grilled chicken sandwich.

Basic Whole Grain Mustard Recipe

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Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup black mustard seeds
¼ cup brown mustard seeds
¼ cup yellow mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup cider vinegar
¼ cup water

PREPARATION

In a small, non-metallic mixing bowl, cover the mustard seeds with the sugar, salt, ½ cup of the vinegar and the water and soak covered overnight. Then, with a mortar and pestle pound the mustard seeds until coarse and broken to desired texture. Add remaining vinegar and continue to mix and mash until coarse yet smooth. (A blender or coffee grinder works perfectly as well). Place in a covered jar and refrigerate.

Herb Cocktail Style Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley. chopped fine
Sea salt

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is perfect for grilled shrimp or atop a grilled shrimp salad. It is also a special ketchup for grilled fish and calamari.

Chipotle Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 6 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 small jalapeño, chopped and seeds removed
½ cup white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 2 limes

PREPARATION

Blend together all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth but with a slightly uneven and consistently coarse texture. This is excellent on grilled chicken sandwiches or Mexican-style burgers and is even pretty good on fajitas!

Greek Style Mint Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
¼ cup calamata olives, pits removed and chopped finely
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste.

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. This is obviously excellent on Greek burgers of lamb, chicken or beef. It is also amazingly delicious on steak sprinkled with crumbled feta.

Garlic Herb Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
4 cloves garlic, crushed finely
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup lemon juice
Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste.

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Serve on hot dogs or hamburgers. This is a very chunky ketchup with a very garlic-and-herb taste that is also excellent on fries!

Summer Savory Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cup basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
¼ cup fresh summer savory, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until combined.

This is lovely herbal ketchup that is simple and a little salty because savory tends to be a very salty herb. It is excellent on grilled fish and grilled vegetables and is also a lovely condiment for a hot dog. Kids love this one because it is simple.

Fresh Horseradish Tarragon Ketchup

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 cups basic ketchup recipe or 1 cup store bought ketchup
1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, grated fine
¼ cup fresh tarragon, chopped fine
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste

PREPARATION

Whisk all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl and chill. Serve with a big grilled steak and French fries or atop a big, juicy burger!

Basic Ketchup Recipe

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 28 oz. can pureed tomatoes
½ cup brown sugar, packed tight
½ cup apple cider vinegar

PREPARATION

In a medium-sized, thick-bottomed sauce pan on medium heat, sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add spices and stir for another minute. Add tomato puree and brown sugar, stirring well. Add apple cider vinegar and make sure concoction is mixed well. Turn burner to low and cook stirring frequently for about 10 minutes uncovered until desired thickness. Cool well and then blend in a blender or with a handheld food processor until smooth.

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