Posted at 9:01 am , on August 21, 2015
A few weeks ago I spent a few days with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paula. We’ve been friends since 7th grade but lost contact for a few years when we got married, had our families and lived so far apart. We have since reconnected and found that old friends never lose touch, they just start up where they left off and keep on going. And now we have new memories to build on. During Paula’s visit we cooked some fun meals and ate out to taste some of the local favorites. We didn’t go hungry, that’s for sure! When we were chatting about food she mentioned her favorite roasted corn with a mayo based sauce that is out of this world. It sounded so scrumptious that I started looking up recipes. I found several different variations and came up with a combination that sounded tempting. Thanks Paula for the tip, my family may never go back to butter again!
Posted at 9:12 am , on August 14, 2015
Have you ever wanted to make your own mustard and ketchup? I know that I have, but never knew how easy it could be. In less than 30 minutes I found I could make both and in my opinion tastes better than anything you can buy in the store. Josh came over one day and we set out to try different versions to see what tasted best. For the ketchup we tried a quick version which was made with a tomato paste base. It had just the right texture, was slightly sweet and had a very good taste. The other version was slow cooked with crushed tomatoes which we both decided tasted more like tomato soup than ketchup. Needless to say it’s not something worth posting. On the mustard side we tried mustard powder and mustard seeds. The mustard powder dissolved in minutes with water and vinegar with spices and thickened with some homemade Wondra flour. It’s spicier than your bottle of French’s you have in the pantry, so you may want to spread it lightly. But it has a wonderful flavor that makes every sandwich, burger or brat taste so good. The mustard seeds needed to soak overnight, then ground and strained but I could never get the same flavors to come out as I did with the powder. Maybe I need to give it another try but for now mustard powder is the tried and true. You can be sure that in a pinch you can have homemade mustard and ketchup in a matter of minutes with just a few simple ingredients.