Homemade Ketchup

Lately we’ve been experimenting with making our own condiments at home and we’re happy to share with you our recipe for homemade ketchup.  Whether you call it ketchup, catsup (South-Eastern US), tomato sauce (Australia/New Zealand), or red sauce (Whales/Scotland), we can agree that this condiment is fairly ubiquitous and a worthwhile thing to keep in the refrigerator.

This is a straight-forward recipe that takes about 30 minutes start to finish; the longest part of the recipe is waiting for it to cool in order to dip in your sweet potato fries or use it as the base for our amazing barbecue sauce.  We know you’ll love it.

Homemade Mayonnaise

A big part of many recipes we come across or think up call for homemade mayonnaise.  Once upon a time, I would buy it at the store and Heather actually thought it was gross—homemade or not. Now, we both shudder when reading the labels but Heather has come to enjoy our homemade stuff.  This is definitely not the first recipe for homemade mayonnaise out there; but we’ve been playing with this for a few months, and are finally happy enough with the results to share with you.

The best part of this recipe is that it only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish.  It will keep for a few weeks, and is a great condiment to have in the house for all kinds of fun recipes.  It’s a perfect binder for crab cakes and a great base for creamy salad dressings, vegetable dips, and more.

Cauliflower Rice

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The other day on our Chicken & Shrimp Paella recipe, someone asked how it is that we make the cauliflower rice that goes with the recipe.  We realize that there are probably a million other cauliflower rice recipes out there, but I wanted to add my two cents into the proverbial arena.  (Google confirms 8.84 million results for “cauliflower rice”)

Brian’s Barbecue Sauce

Just over a week ago, Heather and I received terrible news.  Our friend and former neighbor Brian had died suddenly at home.  We had seen Brian last at our house to watch a UFC fight and indulge on one of the most intense feasts of 2012: bacon-wrapped venison, steak, and sweet potato fries.  I was full for 2 days.  It was a great night of food and fights.  His wife had recently been relocated for work to North Carolina, and we were looking forward to hosting them occasionally while Brian continued his school and work up here in Virginia.  We were devastated when we heard the news, and have spent a good deal of time reflecting on our time together.