Spicy Tunisian Tomato Sauce with Olives & Preserved Lemon

Tunisian Tomato Sauce with Olives and Preserved Lemon

I have a confession to make. I grew up on Italian-American style “spaghetti sauce.” In our Northwest neighborhood, there were only two pastas in those days—spaghetti and macaroni. Spaghetti had only one sauce. As I recall, it involved a can of tomato sauce, ground beef, and a packet of spices. I loved it because it […]

Melon Pico de Gallo (AKA Melon Salsa)

Melon Salsa

This refreshing, colorful Melon Pico de Gallo (AKA Melon Salsa) hits a perfect balance between sweet, hot, acidic, and salty. You’ll appreciate it best in the heat of summer with local, ripe, juicy melons.

Spiced Caramel Apple Sauce

Spiced Caramel Apple Sauce

You know the flavor contrast you get when you bite into a perfect caramel apple—first rich, creamy, sweet caramel, and then bracingly tart, juicy apple? Add half a dozen spices and that’s what this caramel sauce tastes like. At first, you think, “Oh yeah, luxuriously rich, wonderfully spiced caramel,” and then POW, the acidity of the reduced apple cider kicks in and your mouth goes, “Hey, whoa, what’s happening here?” I love this double-punch effect.

Peanut Butter Caramel

Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Sundae with Caramelized Banana & Espresso Beans

A couple of weeks ago, in the post titled, Oh You Great Big Beautiful Blondie, I included a recipe for Caramel Blondies with a Peanut Butter Caramel Blondie variation. The post shows a layer of Blondie batter with dollops of Peanut Butter Caramel over the top and a second layer of batter being spread over the caramel. The lead photo also features the Peanut Butter Caramel Blondie variation.

Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce


This hearty, almost meaty, sauce is one of the first dishes I make each fall in the Northwest. In September, farmers markets are overflowing with eggplant, bell peppers, and ripe heirloom tomatoes. The colors and flavors are amazing together.

Green Chile Crema

Green Chili Crema

I created this sauce as a green chile flavor element for the Green Chile Mac & Cheese Throw Down (which will post next) and then got to thinking how useful it would be in a good number of other dishes. For instance, it would be dynamite served with grilled fish or chicken or as an adjunct to enchiladas. It could also be used as a base for a silky soup, either hot or cold. I’d love to see it spiked with lime and served as a kind of Mexican Gazpacho.