My collections of smart recipes are focused around particular topics, such as food celebrations or particular types of ingredients. For example, our national salad month theme includes numerous recipes for salads as well as a selection of hand-picked vinaigrettes and dressings. These collections can be a great way to find new recipes you’ll love and at the same time expand both your food knowledge and palate.
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!
A panini press is an invaluable tool for creating mouthwatering grilled sandwiches. Panini ingredients are only limited to your culinary imagination. Try some of my elevated panini recipes for your family. They are quick, easy, and bursting with international flavors. Serve them with a fresh salad or homemade soup.
If you don’t have a panini press, preheat a large cast-iron skillet and a smaller one over medium-high heat. Transfer 1 panini to large skillet and place small skillet on top. Grill the panini until bottom is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the panini on other side, top with small skillet, and grill for another 2 minutes. Couldn’t be any easier or more delicious.
To celebrate National Hot & Spicy Day on August 19th, try this delicious menu that is packed with spicy flavor. Feel free to adjust the spices and heat to your family’s preference. Finish your feast with a cool and refreshing tropical syllabub!
Beefy mushrooms are a satisfying way to add earthy flavor nuances and meaty texture to dishes without meat. Consider this delicious menu that features mushrooms as a key ingredient. They bring earthy flavor nuances to the recipes and are a healthy way to introduce your family to international cuisines.
Biscuits are an American classic that are instantly familiar, comforting, and delicious! These quick bread wonders are breakfast staples, especially in the South. Their tender, flaky goodness is ideal for melted butter or for sopping creamy gravy or tasty sauces. Elevate them with additional ingredients to create different flavors for any meal, such as the cheddar-thyme biscuits or chicken & biscuit pot pie.
We have Kentucky thank for creating bourbon. When early distillers aged fiery corn liquor in charred oak barrels, the result was a warm, mellow spirit that is appreciated around the world. Bourbon is not just for delightful cocktails! Try these easy recipes that infuse the smoky, complex flavor nuances of bourbon into the meat, soup, vinaigrettes or tempting chocolate desserts.
Of all the delicious proteins you can choose for your meals, chicken may be one of the most economical. It can be prepared in just about any way imaginable and is a favorite in most global cuisines. For a delightful detour from your usual meals, try some or all these easy & tasty chicken recipes.
What began as the Earl of Sandwich wanting a meal on the go has turned into an international passion for the humble sandwich. No matter how you stack them, sandwiches are a quick & easy way to turn your favorite bread and toppings into a scrumptious dish.
No matter the shape or flavor, cookies are ideal desserts and snacks. Since October is National Cookie Month, keep your cookie jar full with my scrumptious cookie recipes! They are easy to make and will keep your family smiling all month! Don’t forget the milk!
One of the most iconic Christmas desserts is fruitcake. Delicious, homemade fruitcake is nothing like the tasteless bricks sold in the supermarket around December. Like traditional recipes, my versions are chock full of sweet dried fruit, crunchy nuts and a generous splash of rum for a moist texture. Try one of these fruitcake recipes as the highlight of your holiday dessert table.
Eggnog is a cocktail and dessert in one glass! There is something about the rich, creamy froth and warm caramel-like spices that make the holidays brighter. Instead of buying a jug at the store this Christmas, why not try one of my quick & easy eggnog recipes? I have included a tasty recipe that is vegan-friendly. Raise a glass with friends and family and enjoy!
Many beloved childhood memories were inspired by helping to make Christmas cookies. You probably have family recipes that have been handed down for generations. No matter the style, there is something about Christmas cookies that is comforting and make you smile. This holiday season, try some of my easy and tasty cookie recipes. They are sure to be added to your list of favorites. Remember to leave some for Santa!
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