Ninfa’s Green Sauce (Bonus Recipe Hack)

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Full disclosure: I’ve spent some time in Houston but I’ve never been to Ninfa’s. I’m not even sure I’m pronouncing the name properly. Is it NIN-fahz? NEEN-fahz? neen-FAHZ? However you say it, though, I now want to eat there desperately because if this sauce is a sign of what they have to offer… Well, let’s…

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Pesto Pinwheel Rolls | Arugula and Walnut Pesto

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There isn’t anything that is necessary to say about these rolls other than a resounding “WOW!” but not being a woman of few words, I’m going to say a bunch anyway. Once again, I break out what is now pretty firmly cemented as my best-loved bread dough of all time. But I should backtrack a…

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Smoked Paprika and Chipotle Sauce | Lemons in Salt

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Update: We have since found that storing this sauce in a squeeze bottle makes applying it to foods much easier. If you plan on using it as a dip, it’s still handy to have in a jar, but for putting on tacos, tostadas, sandwiches, pretzel sticks and finger tips, the squeeze bottle is your best…

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Smoky Roasted Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa

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  Are you ready for some salsa? It’s a salsa time of year, after all. Now is the time for all good tomatoes to come to the aid of the salsa. Salsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsasalsa! Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Clapclap. Clap. Clap. Clap* *Ahem. That’s a salsa beat. Trust me. It’s not that I get carried away over…

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Boiled Cider (Apple Molasses)

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I am a magician. You see that wine bottle? I fit two whole gallons of apple cider into it. Really. Okay, I boiled the cider down until it fit, and I didn’t have to work hard to do it. Yes, it took nearly six hours, but I didn’t stir it and wasn’t even in the…

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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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  It is no secret that I am a big proponent of making things that many folks buy at the store. From the common (potato chips, bread, ice cream, laundry detergent) to the hard-or-impossible-to-find (furikake, candied jalapenos, game stock), home kitchen alchemy can do it if it’s worth having or doing. Sometimes my efforts earn…

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Homemade Furikake |Japanese Rice Seasoning

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The first order of business on this post just plain has to be pronunciation. Foo-ree-kah-kay. My boys, however, prefer to call it furry khaki. Why? Well, I assume it has something to do with being very silly boys. Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s talk about what it is… Furikake is like…

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Homemade Slow-Cooker Pizza Sauce

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  Raise your hand if you think pizza is the perfect food. I see a lot of hands. This might take a while. I have my hand up. I’d stick both of them in the air and wave them like I used to do when I had the answer in History or English*, but then…

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Homemade Claussen Knock-Off Pickles

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It’s common knowledge that I have a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth. When the weather does what it has been doing lately (making us all do our best Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego impersonations) I can’t think of a single thing I find more refreshing than an icy-cold, salty, crunchy pickle. Oh yes. You…

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