Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish is the final condiment that I made to go with the fabulous Home Style Chicken Shawarma I made earlier in the week. And that was fabulous and can be made on the grill or on a sheet pan. Gotta love that! (I’m a little relieved that this is the final post because I have a cake coming up – and what a cake! Now that’s a shameless teaser, isn’t it?)

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish

A lot of that recipe and the condiments to go with it, the Lemon Garlic Tahini Sauce, the Zhoug and this recipe for the Sumac Red Onion & Cucumber Relish came from Chef Ottolenghi, the famed London Chef who’s known for kind if mixing things up and breaking a few rules to delicious effect.

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Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug - Spicy Herb Sauce

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce

I made my Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce for the first time last week, and made it again the next day! Because of all the condiments that I served with my Home Style Chicken Shawarma, the Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce was my favorite. I don’t normally post multiple times in one day, but I don’t want you to have to wait days for the sauces that go with that Chicken Shawarma!

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug - Spicy Herb Sauce

Zhoug, Zhug, Skhug – Spicy Herb Sauce

 

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Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Now that summer is just about here…we hope…it’s time to think about those snacks we’d like to have out on the deck on a balmy evening. Chips and Salsa, I’m thinking. And one of my favorite summer recipes is a Salsa Fresca, a classic Pico de Gallo. Particularly Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa. Maybe even with a cold, slushy Margarita. But that will have to be another post.

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

Chipotles Classic Pico de Gallo Salsa

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Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Do yanno what’s a great little thing to have on hand? Just to perk up a little Mexican food. Maybe toss on some tacos or nachos? Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos. And not only are the pickled jalapenos great, if you’re into a little heat, the brine is fantastic dribbled in or over dishes.

Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

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Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Pickled Peppers

Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos - easy and no processing needed!

I love summer when the living is easy…gardening, grilling and maybe even a little light canning. I’m not about putting up quarts of tomatoes (although you should see how many plants we put in, lol!) but I do tinker with small batches of something special. Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Hot) Jalapenos fit the bill & bonus…they go right in the fridge and don’t have to be “processed.”

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

Candied or Sweet & Hot Pickled Jalapenos

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Spicy Tomato Jam

Spicy Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam: a little sweet a little spice; this has personality, Spread it anywhere ketchup goes and a few places ketchup doesn't dare!

Talk about persistent, and maybe a bit coy, tomato jam came on slow for me. Before it began to whisper my name, I’d see it here and there, maybe on Pinterest, sometimes on Facebook and I think it even showed up now and again on our weekly Throwback Thursday link party.

Spicy Tomato Jam

Spicy Tomato Jam

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Quickie Tonkatsu Sauce

I love slightly sweet, slightly tangy Tonkatsu Sauce, but it can be a little hard to find, depending on where you live. Of course, there’s always Amazon, lol, but boy do I have to try to stay away from there if you know what I mean. My cupboards would be bursting, my bank account empty!

Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu Sauce

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Chimichurri

I’ve never been a huge fan of Chimichurri; it’s bold, brash taste has always been a bit off-putting to me. But when I was thinking about something to go with my Coffee Rubbed Steak the other day, my mind immediately seized upon Chimichurri.

Coffee & Coriander Rubbed New York Strip Steak

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Apricot dipping sauce with an Asian flair

Apricot Dipping Sauce

This Apricot Dipping sauce is good with Chinese Dumplings but we like it with anything from Bagels to Chicken nuggets or wings

I have been meaning to post this all week, certainly I meant to post alongside my Soft Pretzels, but here, finally it is – an Apricot Dipping Sauce. This is great with the pretzels, even better with any type of breaded chicken or “nuggets.” It’s also a great sauce to use in the final moments of barbecuing pork or chicken or brushed on chicken wings to caramelize.

Apricot dipping sauce with an Asian flair

Apricot Dipping Sauce Asian flair

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Garden Chili Sauce - small batch, 4 pints

Garden Chili Sauce

This is gonna blow you away!!

In honor of the upcoming New Year’s (and to use up a bag of black eyed peas and a couple of ham hocks languishing in my freezer) I decided to make Black Eyed Peas. And there is no better accompaniment to Black Eyed Peas than a my home-made Chili Sauce.

Garden Chili Sauce - small batch, 4 pints

Garden Chili Sauce – small batch, 4 pints

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