Vinaigrette, a Simple Salad Dressing

salad greens with vinaigretteThis Simple Vinaigrette, like many home-made salad dressings, is one of the easiest things to make in your own kitchen.  There’s absolutely no comparison between fresh home-made vinaigrette and what passes for vinaigrette at the grocery store — fresh is always best.  Not only is the flavor far better, you won’t be mucking it up with all the unhealthy chemicals and big-word ingredients that are found in literally everything that’s packaged and sold.

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Warm Artichoke Dip

This is the best dip I have ever had. Hands down.  It’s not as easy as opening a container from the grocery store, but it’s only slightly more complicated and so much better tasting.  You can serve this as a half-time snack, for a warm treat on a cold afternoon, or as a starter for a special meal.  Delicious, warm, filling — it’s everything a great dip is supposed to be.  Serve this with toasted baguette, crackers, or a vegetable platter.

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Cajun Spice


cajun spice #2Back in the 80s there was something of a “Cajun” craze here on the west coast.  Restaurants added all kinds of “Cajun” dishes to their menus, like Blackened Swordfish, Red Beans and Rice, and these fantastic Cajun Chicken Fajitas I loved from a restaurant in Redondo Beach, CA. Without being unnecessarily dramatic, that dish literally changed my culinary life. Seriously. It woke me up to a whole new set of spices, flavors, and textures I’d never tried before. Magical.*

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Mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise.Want to make your own mayonnaise but you think it’s too complicated or hard? Not at all. You can make a full jar of fantastic mayonnaise in less than 5 minutes, and, chances are, you’ll never buy store-bought mayonnaise again. That’s my bet, anyway. You can make this with a whisk but your arm may not hold out for the entire job. A trusty Cuisinart works really well! ; )

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