Mayonnaise may be a simple ingredient – it is easy to pick up at the store to always have on hand. But making your own mayonnaise offers several benefits. For starters, you know you are making the mayonnaise with good ingredients and not those with a bunch of chemical preservatives or added sugar. Additionally, you can save yourself a few dollars on organic mayonnaise when you make it at home. However, the best part of making homemade mayonnaise and aioli are the many variations you can come up with. You can make flavorful condiments that cater to personal tastes – such as garlic aioli for garlic lovers, ginger and sriracha aioli for those who like a little kick, and even homemade tartar sauce for seafood fans to enjoy with their favorite dishes!
The supermarket seems to be exploding with salad dressing selections these days, and it can be hard to know what to choose. Some may sound good, but they also cost a pretty penny and often contain sugar or chemical sweeteners that you just don't need. Why not make your own homemade salad dressings, many of which can be quickly whipped up with ingredients you probably already have in the house? A simple olive oil and mustard dressing gives the salad a tangy little kick, while a Middle Eastern salad dressing adds levels of exotic flavor. A balsamic marinade and salad dressing is a classic, as is a homemade Caesar dressing.
Hamburgers are one of the most beloved sandwiches in America and have their own category in our cuisine. These delicious meat patties have also inspired our literature, art, and music. Everyone has their opinion on what toppings make the “perfect burger.” Although classic burger recipes use ground beef, innovative cooks from around the world put their own spin on the sandwich. Now, burger enthusiasts may find sensational recipes featuring different meats, savory spices, and globally-inspired toppings. Some of these recipes share new cooking techniques, as well as tasty vegetarian/vegan-friendly options. Why try some for National Hamburger Month?
While salads were initially a mixture of greens and chopped veggies, anything goes in modern salads. They can be a refreshing appetizer course, or have enough hearty ingredients to make a meal. Most cultures have unique salad recipes, served with a flavorful dressing with herbs and spices. The beauty of salads is that you can use any ingredient on hand to create a new dish. Here are some innovative salad recipes and dressings to try.
Are you trying to get your family to eat more vegetables? National Eat Your Vegetables Day is June 17, and is an excellent opportunity to sample tasty veggie dishes. They can accompany meat, or be a scrumptious side dish. Your kids will love the Chocolate Muffin recipe, and will not even notice spinach as the secret ingredient!
Remember all those scrumptious deli salads that were present at picnics and barbecues from your childhood? Taste the nostalgia with these updated classics. They are delicious as a side, and you can serve leftovers for a light lunch or yummy snack. Try some this July for National Deli Salad Month!