Category Archives: Condiments, Marinades, & Spreads

You are going to love this simple handy trick that will teach you the best and easiest way to preserve fresh herbs! My garden is a weed-filled mess this year (I say that like that isn’t the norm. Well friends, that’s totally the norm right now in my life.). Even though it looks pretty awful, there’s still all kinds of treasures hiding under the weeds. Such treasures include a wealth of basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and sage! I love having fresh herbs on hand (and I’m going to love it even more when we live near our garden!). My pasta Continue Reading →

How to Save Fresh Herbs: Herb Bombs

I love fruit salsa! There’s something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it’s so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, Continue Reading →

Pineapple Salsa

Have you ever made homemade barbecue sauce? It’s one of those recipes that aren’t maybe necessary in your life, but they are so fun to make. The novelty of being able to make something homemade just because you can and just because it tastes better than store-bought is fun in my opinion. Plus you don’t have odd ingredients that you don’t really need in the mix. Homemade is always king! I love to make this quick barbecue sauce recipe when we are having a party or friends over from pulled pork sandwiches. Sure you can buy a bottle of barbecue sauce Continue Reading →

Simple 30 Minute Barbecue Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don’t keep it on hand and I don’t normally think of it when I’m at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade green enchilada sauce recipe, and I’m so glad that I have! You won’t believe how easy this homemade green enchilada sauce is You might need put a few extra ingredients on your shopping list this week (hello, Continue Reading →

Amazing Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don’t keep it on hand and I don’t normally think of it when I’m at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade red enchilada sauce recipe, and I’m so glad that I have! Chances are great you have everything on hand to make this amazing homemade red enchilada sauce (no special chili peppers required) and it only takes about Continue Reading →

Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

In my weekly meeting with Cassie from Wholefullys we have talked time and time again about what is most important when it comes to all aspects of our online businesses and blogs. Time and time again we have come back to the idea that it’s most important for us to be as useful to you, dear reader, as we can be. Killer recipes, slices of real life, and helpful posts on different things are a great start and I’ve been doing that for years. I think there’s a lot of power in giving you a lot of bang for your Continue Reading →

9 Staple Salad Dressings You Should Know How to Make

Today I’m sharing one of our all time favorite dressing/sauces and I can’t wait for you to taste it. You can really put it on everything, so I dubbed it the Put-it-on-All the Things Cilantro Ranch Dressing and Sauce. Clever, huh? I’ll make a double batch of this stuff and we go through it fast. Here’s some of the things that we’ll put it on. I’ll replace the enchilada sauce in a recipe with it and bake it right on top of the enchiladas or we’ll make smothered burritos in a similar way. It’s excellent as a salad dressing and Continue Reading →

Put-it-on-Allthethings Cilantro Ranch Dressing and Sauce

Pickle lovers unite! You will fall off your chair when you read this recipe and see just how easy it is to pickle banana peppers at home. No need to can, just pour the brine over the prepared peppers and stick them in the fridge. The best part? They last for months. I love all things pickles and pickled banana peppers top my list. They are excellent on sandwiches, including hot grilled ham and cheese, perfect for salads, and I’d be a fibbing if I said I didn’t eat them straight out of the jar late at night. They are Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Refrigerator Pickled Banana Peppers

While I’m waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to ripen I’ve been making and eating this salsa like it’s my job. This is my very favorite quick and easy blender salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are such a great option in cooking when the garden ones aren’t quiet ready because they were actually picked and processed when the tomatoes were ripe. They win over those mealy store-bought tomatoes any day, especially in salsa. Bonus points if you are using home canned tomatoes from last year’s garden. This recipe is quick, easy, and awesome. I think you should whip Continue Reading →

The best Blender Salsa ever

Strawberries! My mom and dad have strawberries ripening at their house in Kentucky as we speak and my dad keeps texting me pictures of the perfectly red fruit before he picks them. Oh the jealousy inside of me! At least he’s not making videos of them eating Mom’s strawberry shortcake. That might kill me slowly. Since I don’t have a berry batch of my own, yet, I’m settling on enjoying fresh picked strawberries vicariously. I also thought it would be fun to share the strawberry love today by highlighting some delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Whether Continue Reading →

13 Strawberry recipes you need in your life!

There is some serious cabinet drama going on here; what a mess. We are so close to getting a real kitchen in though. I can hardly wait. I feel like Christmas is on the way, but I don’t know what day it is actually coming. It’s exciting but frustrating to not know what to expect all at the same time. Oh life with a real kitchen, what will it even be like? I’m going to go ahead and assume that I’m going to love it. Just. Can’t. Wait! Here is the last recipe in my Cafe Rio-inspired collection. This dressing is Continue Reading →

Creamy Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Here’s a little something to sweeten your Friday! Make this ASAP! I was making corn muffins the other day and thought to myself, “Mmmm, honey butter would be perfect for this.” I then looked up and saw this little bottle staring at me. The heavenss opened, angels sang, and I knew what I was being told. Vanilla Bean Honey Butter was born. It’s that good. Now what is that bottle you might ask. Well, it’s vanilla bean paste.When you use a vanilla bean, you generally steep it in a liquid, split it in half and then scrape the seeds from Continue Reading →

Vanilla Bean Honey Butter

Homemade  green enchilada sauce is super handy. It should simply be called “green sauce” because you can use it for so many more things than just enchiladas. I use this to thin out and flavor canned re-fried beans for quick burritos, as part of my liquid in tortilla soup and chili, and for just about as many other Mexican themed meals I can think of. It is perfect to make and keep on hand in the freezer. It can take a lot of the prep work out of other meals because it packs so many great flavors all in one. Green Enchilada Sauce Printable Recipe 2-3 T. Continue Reading →

Green Enchilada Sauce