Homemade Oregano Pesto

Homemade Oregano Pesto

Last year, I planted some spicy oregano in my garden. I didn’t touch it after planting last season, but this year it grew so huge it was taking over my garden box, so I decided to cut the whole thing down and make a big batch of pesto with the harvest. This recipe is delicious… 

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Browning Sauce Recipe

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A perfect gift for cooks. Browning sauce is something I love for one very simple (and important) reason. It makes gravy beautifully brown. Beef, pork or lamb gravy becomes a rich dark brown, and surprisingly it also makes turkey or chicken gravy a lovely golden brown when you use it sparingly. Add a very small… 

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Recipe: Sunflower Seed Butter

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Sunflower seed butter is my favorite seed butter to make at home. I like to prepare small batches for my friends and family who are intolerant to peanuts because it replaces the flavor of peanut butter so well. Plus, you can add all sorts of ingredients to the basic recipe to enhance the flavor. For… 

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Hari Chutney

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While most places are transitioning to wetter and darker skies, Central Florida is hitting the sweet season. Gone are the days of midday rainstorms, and turbulent tropical weather, making way for dryer breezes and days full of sun. My office is throwing a barbeque in our parking lot, as a last hurrah of summer. I’m… 

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise from My Own Ideas blog #recipe

Mayonnaise is one of the most basic, versatile condiments used in American kitchens, and it’s also one of the easiest to make from scratch. If you have an egg, some oil, salt, and lemon juice, you’re good to go. The best part is that you can hand-select your ingredients to make your homemade mayonnaise healthier… 

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Sriracha Hot Sauce

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I’ve been really lucky with my chili pepper plants this year, so I’ve been looking for ways to preserve my ripe chilies and/or use them up in recipes as much as possible. Recently, I came across this post for homemade sriracha sauce, and was immediately intrigued. First, as a huge fan of Huy Fong’s sriracha… 

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Creamy Avocado Dressing

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I’m a big fan of salads as a main course, especially in the spring and summer months when I’m able to grow all the vegetables I need in my own garden. And I love that salads don’t require any cooking, which is perfect for those hot days when I don’t want to turn on the… 

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Garden Fresh Pestos

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Pesto is one of my favorite all-purpose sauces, and it’s also one of the easiest to make at home if you have a food processor. I grow basil in my garden each year just so I can make loads of pesto to freeze for the winter, and I use walnuts instead of pine nuts to… 

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