Pesto
sauces & seasonings

Homemade Pesto

My boyfriend has two huge basil plants on his deck, and we had a fairly large harvest this weekend. He wanted to make pesto. We thought of several different recipes, but I ultimately decided on a pasta with grilled shrimp, zucchini, and squash. We had some leftover, which will most likely become a pizza with… Continue reading Homemade Pesto

sauces & seasonings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning ¼ cup cumin¼ cup paprika¼ cup garlic powder¼ cup onion powder¼ cup dried cilantro¼ cup chili powder1 tsp cayenne ((optional, use if you want spicy taco seasoning)) Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

Mustard Tarragon Marinade
sauces & seasonings

Mustard Tarragon Marinade

I was going to make this as a dry rub for filet kabobs last night, but I discovered my steak was bad. I changed this into a marinade for grilled chicken and it did not disappoint. The mustard and tarragon are a great pairing! I ended up also using it on the grilled peppers and… Continue reading Mustard Tarragon Marinade

BBQ Dry Rub
sauces & seasonings

BBQ Dry Rub

I'm just posting the dry rub instead of my full pulled pork recipe because I made a rookie food blogger mistake and didn't write down the rest of the recipe! I used this on a 2½ lb bone-in pork shoulder, but it could also be used on ribs or chicken, including smoked or grilled chicken… Continue reading BBQ Dry Rub

appetizers & snacks, lunch box, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Guacamole

I had a potluck with my horseback riding club on Friday. I made brownies to bring, but my bestie was leaving late from work and wasn't going to have something to bring... so I made guacamole for her to bring! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a… Continue reading Guacamole

main courses, sauces & seasonings

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

appetizers & snacks, sauces & seasonings

20 Uses for Tastefully Simple Bacon Pepper Jam

I don't remember when I first tried the bacon pepper jam, but I was hooked and decided I needed to have this on hand at all times. It's only available seasonally, so I stocked up on several jars before the end of last year's fall/winter season. There are so many things you can make with… Continue reading 20 Uses for Tastefully Simple Bacon Pepper Jam

disaster, sauces & seasonings, sides, vegetarian

Southwestern Corn

Ok, so this was a bit of a disaster when I first made it, but I adjusted the recipe. It was way too spicy the first time - too much cayenne. It had a little kick to it when I first tasted it, which was fine. But then I let the sauce sit in the… Continue reading Southwestern Corn

appetizers & snacks, sauces & seasonings, vegetarian

Simple Salsa

Ingredients 6 tomatoes, seeded and cut into quarters 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ large red onion, cut into large chunks (separate each layer into its own piece) 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tbsp cumin Leaves from about ¼ to ½ of a bunch of cilantro Instructions Place everything into a large food… Continue reading Simple Salsa

sauces & seasonings, vegetarian, weeknight cooking

Easy Pizza Sauce

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I sometimes call this pizza sauce "lazy" because it's super easy, plus it uses canned tomatoes and a couple of already-mixed seasoning blends. This one is… Continue reading Easy Pizza Sauce