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Category: Sauces and Salsas

Fresh Salsa Fresca!

When seated at your favorite Cantina, aren’t you anxious for that basket of tortilla chips and bowl of salsa? I know I am! And when our girls were little we’d always tell them, “Don’t fill up on the chips and salsa, you’ll spoil your dinner.” Well clearly I need to practice what I preach because every time, I end up having a to-go box with my leftovers! If you…

Barbecued Pork Ribs…mmm-mmm good!

  There is a secret technique to making juicy and flavorful barbecued ribs that many are unfamiliar with, that is brining. What is brining? Brining is a mixture of kosher salt and water used to add moisture and flavor to meat. I use the brining method for turkey, pork and chicken. Brining and refrigerating the ribs the night before extracts much of the fat from the meat and allows it to rise to the top for cleaner and less fattening…

Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

As classic as spaghetti and meatballs or bread and butter, Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce is one of the traditional pairings seen at many fancy, fluffy, upscale restaurants! It’s one of the most well known sauces, but also the one people fear the most! Let’s face it, when seeing the minimal ingredients of warm egg yolks, butter and lemon juice, you’re probably thinking “how can this be good?” Well friends, it definitely…

Butterflied and Marinated Leg of Lamb

Did you say that you don’t like lamb? Did you say that you love lamb? Well then, either way this is the recipe for you! I am not much of a meat eater myself, but I love this recipe. My dear friend Tricia shared this with me many many years ago and it is definitely a winner! The secret sauce (marinade) is so delicious, you’ll want to drink it 🙂  I usually double the marinade ingredients so…

Chinatown Ribs

An appetizer that is a “must have” in any Chinese restaurant is their mouth watering ribs.  I have often wondered what gives them the unique flavor and reddish color. I decided to Google a few recipes and see what the “key” ingredients are in creating these delightful ribs.  It appears that many recipes start with a basic Hoisin sauce (either homemade or store-bought) as well as Five Spice Powder.  The reddish color is created by…

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