Fry Sauce From Scratch

A love child of homemade ketchup and mayo, this Fry Sauce From Scratch is the perfect condiment for dipping and spreading! The perfect condiment to dip all your favorites in, made from scratch with homemade ketchup and mayo!

Do you have any super vivid memories of particular food moments that you’ll never forget?  I don’t mean those beautiful moments like the first time you bite into the heavenly potato pillow that is fresh made gnocchi.  I’m talking about that time you saw someone murder a beautiful bowl of spaghetti by slicing a knife repeatedly through it.  For me, I was about 19 and I had this gorgeous Bosnian friend who I used to waitress during the day with and then go out drinking with at night.  And one of those night when we were out we ordered a side of fries and I watched, in horror, as she asked for a side of mayonnaise and dipped her fries in it like it was a albino ketchup delicacy. I almost gagged.  It was the grossest thing I had ever seen and my pure ketchup and fry eating brain couldn’t even comprehend what was happening.  I was so grossed out and so naive.  Today, even though you still wont find me dipping my fries in straight mayo, now that I’ve discovered the absolute deliciousness that is a Fry Sauce From Scratch, I get it.  And I’m sorry for all of the silent (and sometimes not so silent) judgement I’ve passed to all you mayo dipping good people out there!

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Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars – Vegan, Gluten, and Peanut Free

These Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars are packed full of nutrition and flavor but free from refined sugar and peanuts while being vegan and gluten free! Perfect for growing little ones!

These Chewy Banana Quinoa Bars are packed full of nutrition and flavor but free from refined sugar and peanuts while being vegan and gluten free! Perfect for growing little ones!Back in the day when I was single, living alone, and working in restaurants, I never cooked.  Not only because I was always either in class or at work, but also because, to me, cooking is not just about eating.  Actually, if I were to pick the top 3 reasons why I cook, it’d be #3.  The act of creating and making ingredients into something new, that’s #2.  But the #1 reason why I cook? Hands down:  To share and to care for others through food.  Without other people to eat with, what’s the point??  Even now when I’m alone I don’t cook.  It’s so bad that I’ve even found myself having eaten bread, cheese, and some type of meat all separately as I graze through my hunger.  Yes, that’s right, basically a deconstructed sandwich… instead of actually making a sandwich.  It’s a new level of lazy eating, my friends. I’m not proud of it, but hey,  I’ve accepted it. 😉  

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Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken

Ditch the bottle and make your own marinade.  This Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken is fresh, flavorful, and from scratch!Ditch the bottle and make your own marinade.  This Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken is fresh, flavorful, and from scratch!

Summerrrrrr!  I know you’re out there.  We saw a glimmer of it in May, but lately it’s been cool and drizzly and much more Spring like than summer.  No matter, in this household there is no grilling “season.”  You’ll find my husband next to the grill in the snow, sleet, rain, wind, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, zombie apocalypse… Man loves his grill.  And I love giving him all the things to grill, like this new Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken!

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Sourdough Sesame Rye Crackers From Scratch

Have some sourdough starter you need to use but don’t want to make bread?  These Sourdough Sesame Rye Crackers make the perfect salty, crunchy, vegan friendly snack!Have some extra sourdough starter? These Sourdough Sesame Rye Crackers make the perfect salty, crunchy, wheat-free, vegan friendly snack!

Sweet tooth?  Meh… rarely.  But salt tooth?  Oh yeah.  Is there such a thing as a crispy, crunchy, salt tooth?  If there is, I have a few of those molars.  I love all things with a salty crunch.  Whether it’s homemade crackers like these Sourdough Sesame Rye Crackers from scratch or even a perfectly dehydrated Kale Chip from scratch, I’ll always choose that salty crunch over something sweet.

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Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

Bring on Summer with this Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with a fresh light Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette.  Easy, healthy, and full of color!

Bring on Summer with this Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette. It's easy, fresh, healthy, and full of color!Suuunnn!  Oh my gosh I can feel summer coming.  We’ve finally had some glorious summer-like days here in Portland and I am beyond ready.  We just totally splurged on a brand spakin’ new grill for the first summer in our new home and I am shopping for some new deck furniture for ultimate lounging and summer relaxing. In the meantime, I’m getting ready for summer with salads like this Teriyaki Shrimp Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette, which is my new favorite. 

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Sheet Pan Shrimp and Asparagus

Dinner in 15 minutes! This Sheet Pan Shrimp and Asparagus dinner is fast, easy, healthy, flavorful and perfect for those busy weeknights!Dinner in 15 minutes! This Sheet Pan Shrimp and Asparagus dinner is fast, easy, healthy, flavorful and perfect for those busy weeknights!

Oh the days when getting home and starting that from scratch dinner at 6:30 was no big deal because, well, it was only 6:30!  Now, with a little one who has a bedtime at 7:00 and an exhausted mom who likes to be in bed no later than 9:00 (with an alarm that goes off at 4:30 am, it’s better for everyone that way), dinner needs to be fast but not suffer in quality or freshness.  Helllooo Sheet Pan Shrimp and Asparagus!

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Andes Stuffed Sugar Cookies

These Andes Stuffed Sugar Cookies have all the classic taste of your favorite sugar cookie with the surprise of ooey gooey chocolate mint inside!

Homemade Andes Mints plus a classic sugar cookie and you have Andes Stuffed Sugar Cookies! All the classic taste of your favorite sugar cookie with the surprise of ooey gooey chocolate mint inside!

Remember when I made those those Homemade Andes Mints and said to stay tuned for how I was going to use them?  Well here you are friends: Andes Stuffed Sugar Cookies!  It’s like andes mints and sugar cookies had a delicious, sweet, sweet little love child.  One that looks kinda plain and simple on the outside, but once you bit into it, bam-  Chocolate minty melted goodness!

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Cream Cheese Frosting From Scratch

Cream Cheese Frosting From Scratch is a sweet, rich, frosting that’s made with fresh, homemade cream cheese.
Put some Homemade Cream Cheese to work by making this sweet, rich, Cream Cheese Frosting From Scratch!

Normally, I don’t have a big sweet tooth,  but with the craziness of our lives lately, everything sweet just tastes sooo much better.  Maybe it’s because of those extra hours I’m spending in a car on a new long commute, and not just any car, a rental car because my car was rear ended in February and I’m still waiting to get my car back from the shop, or maybe it’s because the whole working mom life balance thing just needs some sweets to make everything easier.  No matter the reason, have you guys made cream cheese from scratch, yet?   No?  Then not only are you missing out on homemade cream cheese, but also this sweet, rich, eat by the spoonful Cream Cheese Frosting From Scratch.

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Homemade Andes Mints

With just 4 ingredients and 30 minutes you can make your Homemade Andes Mints!  

With just 4 ingredients you can make your Homemade Andes Mints! Heelllloooooooo!!  Hello?  Anyone still there?  I know, I know it’s been crickets around here the past couple (eek!) of months.  It’s like when you haven’t talked to that friend in soooo long and you know you need to call her but it’s been soooo long that now it’s kind of awkward, so you keep putting off calling her until finally it’s just been SOOOO long that it’s finally ok to call again because now it’s been long enough to just acknowledge what a terrible friend you’ve been for not calling and it’s not so awkward anymore.  Not that I’ve ever done that… but Hi!  I know I’ve  been a terrible friend and haven’t shared any new recipes in so long so you know I knew I had to come back with something good.  And oooh boy, this is a good one.  Like so good that I literally made them 4 times to make sure they were perfect.  So friends, after being gone for so long, I give you Homemade Andes Mints!

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