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Condiments

Five Alarm Apple Hot Pepper Jam

Five Alarm Apple Hot Pepper Jam ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #sweet #apple #jalapeno #jam #recipe

I’m doing my best to use the plethora of fresh garden produce I have in my fridge before it goes bad. I fell behind on the peppers; they were starting to sag … so I was trying to think of what to do with them. Someone posted a hot pepper jelly recipe (I think it was […]


Simple Stovetop Tomato Paste

Simple Stovetop Tomato Paste Recipe ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #tomato #paste #recipe

Tomato paste is one of those things that kind of catch me off guard. When I’m ready to make a good sauce, I start in on it and then find in the midst of cooking that it calls for tomato paste and I have NONE in my house! Part of this is because I’m concerned […]


Caramel Apple Jam

Adapted just slightly from Cooking with Mary and Friends Last weekend I went to visit my parents. Mom and Dad have this HUGE apple tree that makes tons of apples (probably literally) every year. This year especially it is LOADED with apples … apparently way too many for the tree to bear because while we […]


Cinnamon Chipotle Enchilada Sauce

Cinnamon Chipotle Enchilada Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #enchilada #sauce #recipe #homemade

If you’re concerned with all the ingredients or the BPA lining on your canned enchilada sauce, I want to tell you it’s really quite easy to make your own homemade enchilada sauce. If you don’t have powdered chipotles, use the jarred kind, adding to taste. For some reason, one of the first things my daughter […]


Pesto Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing {Low fat}

I’ve noticed this summer at work there have been a lot of people bringing salads for lunch, but they don’t seem very thrilled about eating them. This seems strange to me. It appears that most people think of salads as something you SHOULD eat, not something they LIKE to eat. My mother told me that […]


Mixed Herb Pesto

Mixed Herb Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #herb #pesto #recipe

The harvest has not even begun and still, I’m readying myself for the end of summer. I’ve seen the “back to school” signs in the store that always signify the end is near … why do they do that to us? It’s still July, can’t we just enjoy the warmth and colors of our beautiful […]


{Copycat} Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing

Copycat Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #copycat #DorothyLynch #salad #dressing #lowfat #lowsugar #recip

A  yummy Nebraska home-grown recipe for a French Dressing that’s kind of a mid west US obsession … my copycat recipe has less sugar, less fat, but it’s still super delicious and super easy to make at home. I heard them raving about this dressing on the radio one morning on my way to work. […]


Herbed Lime Cilantro Chipotle Yogurt dressing

Herbed Lime Cilantro Chipotle Yogurt Salad Dressing ~ a sublime combination of ingredients for an easy, fabulous, and super healthy homemade dressing from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

This was the dressing I made for my Chipotle Fish Taco Salad … it was sooo good, I found myself using it on all sorts of salads and things, using it as a dip, but mostly enjoying it on all my salads. This dressing taught me a magical secret about olive oil, milk and Greek […]


Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Strawberry Rhubarb Vinaigrette Salad Dressing ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #healthy #homemade #salad #dressing

Hurrah it’s finally spring … my favorite things in the spring are the spring flowers and rhubarb and asparagus … and spring salads. Oh I love a good salad. And I love a good homemade salad dressing. The past couple days have been chilly. I’ll be glad when we get back to spring temps … […]


Copycat Chili’s Salsa

Copycat Chili's Salsa ~ Insanely EASY salsa recipe that tastes like Chili's salsa from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Adapted from CopyKat Recipes. I fell in love with Chili’s Salsa by way of a school fundraiser. One of my friends at work was selling these discount cards to raise money for her son’s team. I bought one, expecting I would never use it. But on that card there is a free chips n salsa […]


Rosemary Garlic Marinated Feta Cheese

Rosemary Garlic Marinated Feta Cheese ~ the perfect #homemade #holiday #gift!

A beautiful holiday gift … adapted just slightly from Full Belly Sisters This was a gift for some very special people this year … By day, I work at a software company. I write requirements and make prototypes. I work with an amazing group of strong-willed, independent women. We get the software requests, we talk […]


Apple & Hot Pepper Wine Jam

I took some of this jam to work, poured it over a block of cream cheese and served with crackers. My friends  didn’t quite know how to describe it, but we all agreed it was marvelous with cream cheese and crackers. It took us a while to think of how to describe it. One friend […]


Purple Tomatillo Salsa Fresca

Purple Tomatillo Salsa Fresca ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salsa #recipe

My yoga friend grew these pretty purple tomatillos in her garden and I was the lucky recipient of several of the beauties. The very first thing I did was blend some up into salsa. I love salsas like this: they are quick, fresh, and delightful. No roasting and just a bit of chopping: enough to […]


Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Crisp & Spicy Pickled Green Beans ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pickle #recipe

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m not an expert at pickles. My parents, on the other hand, have many many years of experience making pickles and when I got the sudden urge to pickle Mom’s green beans, Mom and Dad were right there to give me some pickling tips. My dad taught me how […]


Honey White Wine Lavender Vinaigrette

Honey White Wine Lavender Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #salad dressing #recipe

Have you ever wanted to cook with lavender? Grow lavender? I have been trying both for two years now. Last year, my plants didn’t get very big. I only got a couple blossoms and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, so really all my efforts were in vain because I never used […]


Maple Amaretto Pumpkin Butter

Maple Amaretto Pumpkin Butter ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pumpkin #recipe

Adapted from Citronlimette and The Hungry Belgian It’s starting to feel like autumn here finally … some years I’m kicking and screaming, not wanting to let go of summer, but this year, for some reason, I’m welcoming fall with open arms. The evening chill feels good, I’m happy to pull out my “keep my feet […]


Herbed Bacon Sundried Tomato Cheese Spread

Herbed Bacon Sundried Tomato Cheese Spread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheese #recipe

Fresh herbs, smoky bacon taste, and sundried tomatoes make for a cheese spread that’s bursting with flavor. I wrote this while I was on vacation in Winnipeg with my daughter … This was one of those recipes I thought of and stored in the back of my mind. I ended up making the recipe at […]


Chive Asparagus Pesto

Chive Asparagus Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #pesto #recipe

I learn the most marvelous things from my friends. This one I learned from one of my yoga friends: You don’t have to wait for basil season to have pesto.  She mentioned to us very casually that she had made chive pesto one day in conversation … and the conversation went on and we were […]


Pepperoni Pizza Cream Cheese “Schmear”

Pepperoni Pizza Cream Cheese Spread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheese #recipe

The other day I had an intense craving for cheese … all I could think of was hot, melty, oozing cheese … I told my coworker (and friend) this and she said “you need a grilled cheese sandwich” … oh that sounded just about right. There is a wonderful gourmet grilled cheese sandwich spot in […]


Cilantro Almond Pesto

Cilantro Almond Pesto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cilantro #pesto #recipe

I’m in love … with this pesto … I’ve just blended it up in my handi chopper. One taste and there was no question … this is my favorite pesto ever. It’s the most beautiful shade of green and the taste! Oh how can I even begin to describe it? The cilantro, of course, is […]


Super Easy Ginger Kumquat Marmalade

Super Easy Ginger Kumquat Marmalade ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #marmalade #recipe

Adapted slightly from Recipe Girl This is seriously the easiest marmalade ever! Making jam always sounds like such an intimidating project, doesn’t it? All that cooking and making sure you get the proportions right and how much pectin should you use? How do you make sure the jars seal? Do you need to do a […]


Fire-Roasted Salsa Sisters

Fire Roasted Salsa Sisters

I’ve had some really good salsas lately that were fire roasted, so I decided to try making some. The key to making a fire roasted salsa is to roast the vegetables on the grill. The “fire” from the grill gives the salsa a delectable smoky flavor. (Okay, it’s really smoke from the coals that adds the smoky […]


Pesto Rosso

Pesto Rosso

When Sonali at The Foodie Physician posted this Pesto Rosso, I was immediately taken with it. Suddenly I wanted nothing but to make her lovely red pesto. With all the fresh garden tomatoes in my kitchen at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to go buy sundried tomatoes to make this, so I decided to try oven-drying […]


Fairy Tale Purple Pesto

Purple Pesto

My mother grows both green and purple basil every year. This year she gave me a purple basil plant. Mine grew to about 6 inches tall, enough to snip off a couple leaves or sprigs here and there to season a dish. Her basil plant grew to the size of a bush. If you don’t […]

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