Archive for the ‘Sauces & Condiments’ Category

Homemade Pesto

June 23, 2018

I love Pesto and I just recently started making my own from scratch.  It’s really simple to make, and I enjoy making things where most of the ingredients come from our garden.


1 cup fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil


To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also freeze it up to 3 months


Sour Cream Sauce

August 16, 2017


1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons finely chopped dill

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix ingredients and serve on any fish.  However, Pauline, Mark and I discovered it is incredible on asparagus!

Garlic Compound Butter

May 23, 2015

I have always put butter on my steak, which grosses Mark out.  And I also put it on my pork chops.  Well, he came across this recipe for me to try.  It’s really easy to make and pretty tasty too.

Disclaimer: This image is not ours, Mark’s steaks look much better.


1 tbsp real butter, room temperature
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt or Kosher salt
1/2 tsp flat leaf parsley, chopped (dried works too!)
1/4 tsp thyme, dried or fresh
5-6 grinds black pepper

Combine with a spoon til evenly mixed. Add a dollop of the compound butter to cooked protein just prior to serving.