Enchilada Sauce

Our tomatoes haven’t done well for the last several years. This year was no better. Every few days I bring in a few small tomatoes, mostly from wild plants which came up voluntarily. It takes a week’s accumulation to make a small batch of tomato sauce sufficient for one dish or perhaps two. Roasted tomatoes … More Enchilada Sauce

Basil Cream Sauce

The basil was beginning to flower, and it was time to top the plants to prolong the growing season. With plenty of pesto in the freezer the clippings might as well be used somehow in the next meal. Purslane weeds in the garden were also maturing and needed to either be eaten or pulled up … More Basil Cream Sauce

Chilaca Pepper Sauce

This year I grew Chilaca/Pasilla chile peppers for the first time. The Chilaca is a long slim dark green pepper that turns dark brown when ripe. The dried Chilaca is known as Pasilla Bajio (little raisin), or simply Pasilla. The much wider, thicker walled Poblano chile is sometimes incorrectly labeled as Pasilla. The Poblano pepper … More Chilaca Pepper Sauce

Grapes & Crepes

Sweet Sapphire grapes were abundantly available this year. I was able to purchase them on at least three different occasions.     This morning I made a fruit sauce or compote, if you will, with nothing more than grapes, pomelo and tapioca starch. The grapes and pomelo were simmered for a time in a sauce … More Grapes & Crepes

Artichokes, Slaw & Slaw Dressing

Of the traditional salad dressings Cole Slaw is one of my favorites. Slaw dressing is commonly based on mayonnaise, and mayonnaise ingredients often include egg yolk which contributes subtle but significant flavor to both mayonnaise and Cole slaw dressing. Lately I’ve been enjoying making various sauces, dips, dressings, gravies etc. using cashew nuts for a … More Artichokes, Slaw & Slaw Dressing

Falafel With Jalapeño, Cilantro & Lime Dressing

Raw cashews which have been soaked for a few hours can be blended with various other ingredients to make a variety of delicious creamy sauces, condiments, dips and dressings. Nutritional yeast is an ingredient commonly blended with cashews to make a sauce which some perceive to have a cheesy flavor. Delicious as such sauces indeed … More Falafel With Jalapeño, Cilantro & Lime Dressing