Cranberry Relish

I have to admit, I’m a cranberry sauce snob and I scoff at the idea of eating cranberry sauce out of a can. My skin crawls just thinking about the sound of that deep red blob plopping into a dish.  Every year despite my distain for the gelatinous relic, my mother insists on serving it for Thanksgiving dinner. […]

Homemade Sour Cream

I watch a local community college cooking show  on PBS called Charlotte Cooks.  In a tailgating episode, Chef Pamela Roberts mentioned that she made her own sour cream. Even though I make 95% of my food from scratch there are certain food items that I don’t feel the need to attempt at home, like ketchup, biscuits, and sour cream. […]

Avocado Cream Sauce

This cool and refreshing sauce is the perfect accompaniment to Mexican-inspired dishes.  It’s easy to make and lasts for about two weeks in the refrigerator. Avocado Cream Makes about 1 1/2 cups For a thinner sauce, stir in addtional milk until desired consistency. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and […]

Tomato Vinaigrette

This is my go-to vinaigrette for the summer when tomatoes are at their peak.   It’s quick and simple, and packs a lot of flavor. Tomato Vinaigrette, adapted from Cuisine at Home Makes about 1 cup 1 small vine-ripe tomato, seeded and chopped 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar 6 tablespoons light olive oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons […]