All posts filed under: Sauces & Dips

Fresh Lemon Balm Pesto with Basil and Cashews

Lemon Balm Pesto

I am always dreaming up ways to incorporate more fresh summer herbs into my diet. Pesto is just the way to do it! This time with fresh lemon balm & basil, cashews, tangy lemon, and parmesan (vegan alert: this also tastes great without the cheese!). Lemon balm is such a lovely herb. So beautifully fragrant […]

Ground Sumac Spice

Getting To Know: Ground Sumac Spice

Sumac has long been used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine (most notably as a key ingredients in za’atar) and there’s good reason that it’s gaining increased popularity and is becoming a welcome addition to any spice cupboard. Just a sprinkle of this Middle Eastern spice instantly improves any dish, making it […]

Uses and Health Benefits of Fresh Sage Herb

Sage – The Holy Herb

In Greek mythology, sage was believed to be a powerful protector and healing agent that was sacred to the gods. It was also commonly believed to strengthen the memory, hence “a sage”, or wise man with a many memories and profound wisdom. Seeking immortality? According to Medieval folklore, all you have to do is take […]

Classic French Dressing

Classic French Dressing

A good salad dressing is the basic foundation to ANY salad! Homemade salad dressing is so much simpler than you could ever imagine and tastes phenomenally better. Not only does this simple salad dressing taste fantastic, it’s easy to whip together in minutes and is guaranteed to become your go-to dressing! In North America, French […]

Hazelnut Pesto with Parsley and Arugula

Hazelnut Pesto

I mean who could say no to creamy homemade pesto made from fragrant roasted hazelnuts? The robust flavor of the roasted hazelnuts gets a nice brightness from the lemon zest and lemon juice, and when whirled together with a generous glug of olive oil and a large handful of flat-leaf parsley and peppery arugula, plus […]

Tender Green Salad in a Champagne Vinaigrette with Asparagus and Strawberries

Tender Greens in a Champagne Vinaigrette with Asparagus, Strawberries & Avocado

Champagne vinegar is considered the “king of vinegars” in France as it is incomparably smooth, subtle, and light. It makes a great choice for dressing up delicately flavored salads using ingredients that are fresh, ripe and in season. In the early spring, blanched asparagus and spring strawberries make a perfect match. A buttery avocado also […]

Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto; Genovese

Pesto 3-Ways

Glorious Pesto. A marvel of simplicity, I love this Italian green gem. Fresh, versatile and more than just a sauce for pasta, it’s can be used in any number of kitchen creations. It’s truly is a treasure of Mediterranean cuisine! Since pesto consists of nothing more than a few key ingredients, the quality and variety […]

Lemon Anchovy Dressing

On a recent trip to Aix de Provence, I had an amazing yet simple Provencal style salad consisting of Belgium endives in a lemony anchovy dressing. I know anchovies aren’t for everyone but if they are good quality and packed in a decent quality olive oil their taste positively stands out from the rest of […]

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Aunt Ilse’s Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Was ‘Caesar salad’ invented by or named after Julius Caesar? Or did it originate from the Italian owner’s of Caesar’s restaurant in Tijuana? Whatever the true origin, the original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, and parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. This caesar salad dressing recipe is a little different, and frankly […]