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November 18, 2022Recipes / SaucesTacos are favorite family dinner that can be paired with creamy, savory, or sweet sauces depending on the taco meat or vegetables you choose. You can make avocado crema, cilantro lime sauce, chipotle crema, sriracha cream sauce, pineapple salsa for your next taco dinner! Avocado Cream Sauce for Tacos Avocado cream sauce is a sauce made out of avocados that is blended with yogurt and herbs to make a tangy, citrusy sauce for tacos. Avocado cream sauce is made with thick plain yogurt which gives the crema a thick base. The yogurt mixed with avocado makes the sauce creamy and full bodied. It has a strong lime flavor to the avocado crema that finishes the sauce off well. Avocado cream sauce is made by combining plain yogurt, avocado, cilantro leaves, minced garlic, fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a little salt in a food processor. To keep the sauce full and thick, the mixture is only “pulsed” in the food processor until it combines. You can use avocado cream sauce and spoon it onto the tacos, or you can use it to coat a mixture of coleslaw, and place that inside your taco. Avocado cream sauce goes well over shrimp tacos. Chipotle Lime Crema Chipotle lime crema is a spicy, creamy sauce for tacos. Chipotle lime cream is made by combining sour cream, chipotles in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice, lime zest, honey and salt and blending them together. You can thin out the sauce with a bit of water if desired. Chipotle lime crema goes well with fish tacos, cauliflower tacos, or chicken tacos. Cilantro Lime Sauce Cilantro lime sauce is a yogurt based sauce with a refreshing citrus taste. Yogurt, fresh lime juice, lime zest, cilantro leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper is placed in a food processor and blended until smooth. Cilantro lime sauce goes well with chicken tacos, or cauliflower tacos. Jalapeno Sauce Jalapeno sauce is a spicy sauce for tacos. Jalapeno sauce is made by adding mayo, sour cream, diced jalapenos, cilantro leaves, tomatillo salsa, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to a blender, and blending until smooth. Jalapeno sauce works well for pork tacos or steak tacos. Fish Taco Sauce Fish taco sauce is a spiced mayo and sour cream based sauce. Sour cream, mayo, and lime juice are mixed together to make the sauce a medium thickness. Cumin, coriander, dill, oregano, chipotle chili powder, capers, diced jalapeno, and cilantro leaves are added to the base of the sauce and mixed together. Fish taco sauce has a creamy tangy flavor, with a hint of spicy chipotle. Sriracha Cream Sauce Sriracha cream sauce is a spicy and sweet taco sauce. Sriracha and honey is added to a sour cream or Greek yogurt base. Sriracha cream sauce is best used for shrimp tacos. Cilantro Lime Ranch Cilantro lime ranch is a creamy sauce with a hint of garlic. Cilantro lime ranch can be made using a sour cream base or a plain yogurt base. Garlic powder and onion powder are added to the base of the sauce to create the tangy ranch flavoring. Fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, diced pickled jalapenos and brine, and salt are added the base of the sauce and mixed together until smooth. Cilantro lime ranch goes well with chipotle chicken tacos. Salsa Verde Salsa verde is a spicy green salsa for tacos. Salsa verde is made with roasted tomatillos. Tomatillos are green tomatoes that come in a paper husk which needs to be removed prior to roasting them. Roasting tomatillos neutralizes the acidity of the tomatoes, making it a savory base as a salsa. After the tomatillos are cooked, they are placed in a food processor with finely chopped onions, serrano pepper, fresh lime juice, cilantro and cumin. Once the salsa has been “pulsed” until the tomatoes are broken up, it’s ready to serve. Salsa verge is a tangy, spicy salsa for tacos. Tomato Salsa Tomato salsa is a juicy, chunky salsa that has a little bite to it. Salsa adds a ton of flavor and compliments tacos well as a topping. Salsa can be paired with guacamole well for serving on top of steak tacos. Tomato salsa is made by adding whole canned tomatoes, and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel tomatoes work well) as the base of the salsa. Finely chopped jalapeno with the seeds removed are added to the salsa, as well as some diced onions. A few herbs like garlic and cumin are added, and then the salsa can be “pulsed” only in a food processor. Don’t overmix the salsa until it becomes a mush. Pulse the salsa 7-10 times to get it just perfectly chunky. Guacamole Guacamole is a chunky sauce made with mashed avocados. Guacamole is made by adding diced tomatoes, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and a pinch of garlic salt to mashed avocado. Pineapple Watermelon Mango Salsa Pineapple watermelon mango salsa is a refreshing fruit based salsa. Watermelon mango salsa is made by hand, by chopping up watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small cubed pieces. Finely chopped jalapeno gives this salsa a hint of spice. Red pepper and red onion finish off this acidic, mild salsa. Pineapple watermelon mango salsa goes well with pork tacos or steak tacos. [...]
November 16, 2022How to Guides / PairingsSalmon has a delicate texture and buttery flavor as a main course dinner. Dipping sauces for salmon can use yogurt, aioli, or a butter based sauce as an accompaniment for salmon. You can make a creamy dill sauce, lemon butter sauce, avocado lime sauce, Dijon tarragon sauce, or Tzatziki sauce for a dipping sauce for salmon. Lemon and Garlic Butter Sauce Lemon and garlic butter sauce is a warm white wine sauce. Olive oil is heated in a saucepan with finely chopped shallots and minced garlic for a couple of minutes to let the aromas come out of the shallots and garlic. White wine is added to the sauce and cooked until it reduced about 1/3 in volume. Butter and heavy cream are added to the sauce to make it rich and creamy. Once the sauce has thickened, it’s removed from the heat. Fresh lemon juice and dill are added to the sauce for a citrusy herb flavor for the salmon dipping sauce. Creamy Dill Sauce Creamy dill sauce has a mayo and sour cream base for the dipping sauce. Freshly squeezed lemon juice, dill weed, salt, and pepper are added to the base of the sauce and mixed together. Creamy dill sauce is a citrusy and dill flavored sauce for salmon. Tzatziki Sauce Tzatziki sauce is a thick, tangy sauce with a hint of dill and cucumber. Tzatziki sauce has a base using Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is strained through a cheesecloth for about 2 hours to remove the liquid from the yogurt, leaving a thick base for the Salmon dipping sauce. Olive oil, dill, grated cucumber, vinegar, salt, and minced garlic is added to the yogurt to create a creamy, dill and cucumber flavored dipping sauce. Avocado Basil Sauce Avocado basil sauce is a spicy, creamy avocado sauce. Avocado, fresh basil leaves, diced jalapenos, and lime juice are blended together in a food processor to make this hot, earthy dipping sauce. Herb Yogurt Sauce Herb yogurt sauce is a creamy, peppery dipping sauce. Watercress, mint, and cilantro leaves are blended together in a food processor with scallions. Yogurt and fresh lime juice are added and blended together with the herbs for the tangy yogurt sauce. Lemon Butter Sauce Lemon butter sauce is a simple sauce for dipping salmon. Butter is warmed in a saucepan, along with fresh lemon juice and garlic powder. Lemon butter sauce only take a couple of minutes to come together, and has a refreshing lemon flavor with a hint of savory garlic for dipping salmon in. Dijon Tarragon Sauce Dijon tarragon sauce is a tart, sharp flavor to it. Mayo is flavored with Dijon mustard, chopped tarragon, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a little sugar to sweeten the sauce. Sugar helps to balance out mustard and tarragon in the dipping sauce. Avocado Lime Sauce Avocado lime sauce is a refreshing lime flavored creamy sauce for salmon. Avocado, fresh lime juice, cilantro leaves, Greek yogurt, minced garlic are added to a food processor and blended until smooth. If you want a little bit of a bite to the sauce, you can add diced jalapeno into the sauce as well. Whisky Dipping Sauce Whisky dipping sauce is a whisky infused aioli sauce. Mayo is mixed together with Worcestershire sauce, ketchup sauce, fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley and a splash of whisky. Whisky adds a caramel, bourbon flavor to the aioli. Orange Butter Sauce Orange butter sauce is a beurre blanc sauce with a orange flavoring. Freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, white wine, and shallots are heated in a saucepan over medium heat until it turns into a syrup consistency. Cold butter is added to the sauce and whisked into it to emulsify the sauce. It’s added only 1 tbsp at a time, and whisked constantly, preventing the sauce from coming to a boil. Add salt and pepper at the end of the cooking the citrusy beurre blanc salmon dipping sauce. [...]
November 10, 2022How to Guides / PairingsCelery is a crunchy, textured vegetable you can dip in a lot of foods than just ranch! You can use celery for dipping into baked brie, hummus, cheese balls, almond butter, blue cheese dip, and lime yogurt sauce. Roasted Garlic Hummus Roasted garlic hummus is a homemade chickpea appetizer with hints of garlic, and spicy flavors. Roasted garlic hummus is made by roasting garlic in the oven. You can make the roasted garlic by cutting off the top part of garlic to expose the cloves, and then drizzle olive oil on the cloves. Cover the garlic with tin foil, and place in a heat proof dish. This way, the oil drippings will end up in the dish, instead of in your oven. When the roasted garlic is finished cooking, and has cooled down, squish out the roasted garlic cloves. To make the roasted garlic hummus, chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and water are added to a food processor. The mixture is blended until smooth, and then places on a serving dish. Jalapeno Corn Dip Jalapeno corn dip is made by combining cream cheese, sour cream, finely chopped jalapeno, jack cheese, and corn in the slow cooker and cooking on low for 2 hours. Jalapeno corn dip is a cream cheese based dip that’s cooked in the slow cooker, and served with tortilla chips or corn chips for dipping. Remove from the slow cooker and mixed with bacon bits. Top the corn appetizer with more bacon bits, fresh cilantro leaves, queso fresco, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Cheese Ball Cheese ball with cream cheese for a delicious savory appetizer you can serve with celery sticks. The cheese ball is made by simply using a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add a couple of herbs, spices and cheddar cheese to create the base of the cheese ball. The next part is very messy!! Shape the cream cheese into a ball shape, and roll into a plate of chopped up walnuts. Chill for half an hour to make it firm up again. Serve your cheese ball by slicing off a bit of it, and spooning it onto a piece of celery. Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Dip Roasted cauliflower and feta dip is a dip you can serve warm, or chilled. Cauliflower florets are roasted in the oven with onion powder, garlic powder and olive oil until they are fork tender. The cauliflower should be cooled for a bit, then you can puree it in a food processor. Add crumbled feta, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice to the food processor and blend together to create a smooth dip. Top the dip with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped up chives, and a few chili pepper flakes. Bruschetta Baked Brie Bruschetta baked brie is made by first creating a tomato bruschetta. Tomato bruschetta is made by combining diced tomatoes, freshly chopped basil leaves, olive oil, minced garlic, and a bit of balsamic vinegar. Bake your brie until it’s creamy and soft, then top your baked brie with your freshly made bruschetta. Serve your bruschetta baked brie by dipping celery sticks into the baked brie. Almond Butter Celery can be dipped into almond butter for a crunchy textured snack. Celery has a circular center, which will hold almond butter nicely in the center of it. You can also add raisins or chocolate chips to it for even more flavor. Cucumber and Dill Dip Cucumber and dill dip is a refreshing creamy dipping sauce for celery. Mayo and sour cream are mixed together to create the base of the dipping sauce. Dried dill, seasoning salt, dried minced onion, pepper, and dried parsley is mixed in for the savory herbed flavor of the dip. Place it in the fridge overnight, and serve the next day with celery sticks. Garlic Blue Cheese Dip Garlic blue cheese dip is made by adding crumbled blue cheese to a mayonnaise and sour cream base.  Fresh chives, parsley, and minced garlic are added to create the earthy garlic tones to the dip.  Garlic blue cheese dip is thinned out with a bit of milk, until it’s creamy and smooth.  Garlic blue cheese dip has a sharp cheese flavor for dipping celery sticks. Lime Dipping Sauce Lime dipping sauce has a refreshing citrus, yogurt flavor to it. Lime dipping sauce is made by adding fresh lime juice to Greek yogurt and mayonnaise. Ranch Sauce Ranch dipping sauce is one of the most popular celery stick dipping sauces. Mayo and sour cream are mixed together to create the base of the sauce. Chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper are added to the dipping sauce and mixed together. Ranch sauce needs to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes prior to serving to let the herbs infuse into the dip. Serve with celery sticks. [...]
November 10, 2022Appetizers / RecipesCelery sticks are more than just for dipping! You can make celery “boats” stuffed with bacon and cheddar, buffalo chicken, avocado, and egg salad with Greek yogurt. Not only that, you can make your own celery “fries” dipped in your favorite dipping sauce. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Celery Sticks Buffalo chicken stuffed celery sticks are a creamy, spicy celery appetizer you can make ahead of time, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Cooked shredded chicken is mixed with softened cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, diced onion, and garlic powder. Each of the celery sticks is cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size. Spoon the buffalo cream cheese mixture into each of the celery sticks. You can serve them right away, or cover and place it in the fridge and serve when you’re ready. Celery Fries Oven roasted celery fries are oily and savory vegetable fries. Celery is cut into 2-3 pieces, depending on how big you want your “fries” to be. Avocado oil, oregano, thyme, sea salt, and pepper is mixed in a bowl. Celery stocks are added to the bowl to fully coat the “fries” in oil and herbs. Arrange the celery on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake the celery for 40 minutes until they are tender. You can dip your celery fries in different types of aioli flavors for a savory dipping sauce. Bacon and Cheddar Stuffed Celery Bacon cheddar celery is a creamy, spicy stuffed celery appetizer. To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer. Crispy bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, chives, hot sauce, parsley, salt, and pepper are added to the cream cheese, and whipped together with the hand mixer. Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size. To assemble the appetizer, spoon the filling into the celery sticks. Garnish with a few chives, and bacon bits on top. Everything Bagel Stuffed Celery Everything bagel celery sticks are stuffed with cream cheese infused with everything bagel spices. To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer. Poppy seeds, white and black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, and sea salt are added to the cream cheese and mixed with the hand mixer. Cut the celery into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size. Spoon the cream cheese filling into the celery sticks, and serve. Tuna Salad Celery Sticks Tuna salad celery sticks are quite a filling appetizer. Tuna is mixed together with mayo, sweet relish, chopped cilantro leaves, salt and pepper. Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size. Tuna salad is spooned into the celery sticks, and can be served immediately. Avocado Stuffed Celery Avocado stuffed celery sticks are made by mashing avocados to create the base of the filling. Fresh lemon juice, chopped cilantro leaves, sour cream, olive oil, minced garlic, hot sauce, salt, and pepper are added and mixed into the avocados. Celery sticks are cut into 2-3 pieces for an appetizer serving size. Avocado mixture is spooned into the celery sticks, and served immediately. You’ll want to serve these right away, because if you leave them the avocado can begin to oxidize and turn a brownish color. Egg Salad Stuffed Celery Egg salad stuffed celery sticks are made by hard boiling eggs, and cutting them up into small pieces. Greek yogurt is mixed together with diced red and orange peppers, chopped fresh basil leaves and chives. Eggs are folded into the yogurt mixture, and then gently spooned into the wells of celery sticks. Garnish the celery appetizer with a few diced peppers for a pop of color. Olive Stuffed Celery Olive stuffed celery sticks is creamy, and has a hint of dill flavoring. To make the filling, softened cream cheese is whipped with a hand mixer, along with miracle whip (or mayo) and a little bit of salt. Dill pickle juice, sweet pickle juice, pitted ripe olive juice, and pimiento stuffed olive juice is added to the cream cheese mixture and whipped together. Add in diced dill pickles, sweet pickles, pitted ripe olives, pimiento stuffed olives, and chopped pecans. Mix together to cream the filling for the celery sticks. You can pipe the filling into celery sticks, or spoon it into the wells of the celery sticks. Celery Sticks and Dipping Sauce You can cut celery into appetizer pieces, and serve them with a variety of dipping sauces, including: Lime dipping sauce Garlic blue cheese dip Cucumber and dill dip Almond butter Baked Brie Roasted cauliflower and feta dip Cheese ball Garlic hummus Ranch dip [...]
November 10, 2022Croissants / How to GuidesSavory croissants are buttery, flakey croissants, filled with meats, cheeses, and vegetables to create meals for lunch or breakfast. You can make croissants filled with pesto, bacon and eggs, ham and cheese, prosciutto and strawberries, for a specialty croissant sandwich. Ham and Cheese Ham and cheese croissants are baked in the oven, allowing the cheese to ooze from the savory croissant. Slices of ham are warmed in the microwave, and then placed in the center of the sandwich. You can use slices of cheddar, Havarti, or Swiss cheese and add them to the sandwich for a delicious ham and cheese croissant sandwich. Ham and cheese sandwiches are baked in the oven, letting the cheese melt down the sides of the croissants. Strawberry, Basil, and Prosciutto Prosciutto croissants are warm croissants that are baked in the oven. Croissants are cut in half, and slices of brie are placed on the bottom halves of the croissants. The bottom half croissants with cheese are baked in the oven, along with strips of prosciutto laying on the baking sheet to crisp them up. Eggs are poached or fried in a frying pan to cook them for the sandwich. Once the bottom half croissants have come out of the oven, top them with 1 egg on each sandwich. Add slices of strawberries, avocado, crispy prosciutto, fresh basil leaves and arugula to the savory croissant sandwich. Drizzle honey, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Add the top part of the croissant on your layered sandwich and enjoy! Pesto and Chicken Pesto chicken croissants are made by combining and mixing together shredded cooked chicken, pesto sauce, and Greek yogurt in a bowl. Slice the croissants in half lengthwise, and evenly distribute the pesto chicken onto the bottom half of the croissants. Top with slices of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and argula. Place the top half of the croissants on the sandwich and enjoy! Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Turkey, bacon and avocado croissants are similar to a club sandwich, except on a buttery, flakey croissant! Croissants are sliced in half lengthwise, and Dijon mustard is spread over the bottom half of the croissants. Each croissant sandwich is layered with crispy bacon and slices of turkey breast. You can get sundried tomato, or peppered turkey breast for your sandwich for a little more flavor if desired. Top the sandwich with lettuce, slices of avocado, diced red onion, and cucumber slices. Place the top half of the croissant on the sandwich and enjoy. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Bacon, egg and cheese croissants are breakfast sandwiches you can have in the morning. Eggs are cooked with a bit of butter, chives, and cheddar cheese in a frying pan. You can either scramble the eggs or make them into an omelette, adding a little salt and pepper to them to taste. Assemble the breakfast croissant sandwich by slicing the croissants in half lengthwise. Add crispy pieces of bacon, and the eggs and cheese on top. Place the top half of the croissant on top to make a sandwich. You can also bake the sandwiches in the oven for a couple of minutes to warm the croissants. Mushroom and Brie Mushroom brie croissants ooze with melted brie and tart cranberry sauce. Sliced mushrooms are cooked in a frying pan with olive oil, butter, thyme, minced garlic, sea salt, and freshly ground cracked pepper. To assemble the croissants, they are cut in half lengthwise, and then slices of brie are placed on the bottom half of the croissants. Cranberry sauce is spooned on top of the brie cheese for the sauce of the sandwich. Mushrooms are heaped onto the sandwich, and the top half of the croissant is placed on top to make this savory lunch croissant. The croissants are baked in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt the brie cheese, and served warm, right out of the oven. [...]
November 4, 2022Croissants / How to GuidesSweet croissant fillings have almond, chocolate, and vanilla custard flavors infused into them, and then baked in the oven. Sweet croissants have buttery and flakey pastry that will melt in your mouth as you eat them. You can also fill croissants with rose lychee, hazelnut or carrot cake flavors. Try making one of these sweet croissant flavors for your next Sunday brunch! Vanilla Bean Custard Vanilla bean custard stuffed croissants are filled with a sweet, creamy vanilla bean custard. Vanilla beans are cut in half, and vanilla beans are scraped from the pod into milk to let them infuse their flavor. The pod itself is placed in with the milk over the stovetop to immerse the vanilla flavoring into the custard. Once the milk has almost started the boil, the milk is removed from the heat source, and then the vanilla notes are let to steep for 15 minutes. Vanilla custard is made by tempering eggs with the hot cream. Vanilla custard needs time to cool and chill for a couple of hours prior to using it. You can fill your croissants by fitting a piping bag with a 1/2″ tip, and then pressing the tip far into the croissant. You’ll see the custard fill the croissant and expand. Repeat on the other side, and it’s ready to be served! Hazelnut Hazelnut croissants are made by adding a spoonful of hazelnut spread to the end of the croissant dough, and then rolling it up so it’s right in the center of the croissant. Add a couple of mini chocolate chips to the tops of the croissant and they’ll melt right onto the croissant as it bakes. Carrot Cake Carrot cake croissants are filled with a carrot flavored filling, and cream cheese frosting on the top. Croissants are cut in half, and then dipped in simple syrup. Carrot cake croissants are filled with carrot cake frangipane, and then the top of the croissant is replaced on top of the filling. Carrot cake filling is spread on top of the croissants, and then a couple of chopped pecans are sprinkled on top. Carrot cake croissants are baked in the oven until they turn golden. After they cool for a little bit, cream cheese frosting is piped on the tops of the croissants, and a couple more pecans are added as a garnish. Serve warm. Almond Almond croissants are made by creating a syrup, and an almond filling. The syrup is made by simmering water and sugar together. Syrup is used to stick the croissants together with the filling. Almond filling is made with butter, almond flour, vanilla extract, sugar, salt, and eggs. To assemble the croissants, cut them in half horizontally first. Dip each side of the croissant into the syrup. The syrup will help the filling adhere to it. Spread a layer of almond filling on the bottom half of the croissant, and put the top half on top to create a sandwich. Spread another layer on the top of the croissants. Sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds. Bake in the oven until they are golden brown. Raspberry Rose Lychee Raspberry rose lychee croissants are filled with a burst of fruit flavored. The croissants are cut in half horizontally, and then spread with a thick layer of raspberry compote. The croissant is sandwiched together, then a thin layer of lychee syrup is lathered on the top of the croissant. To finish it off, the croissants are garnished with a few pieces of dried rose petals and freeze dried raspberries that will stick to the lychee syrup. Raspberry rose lychee croissants have a beautiful pink coloring to them. Chocolate Chocolate croissants are made by placing sticks of chocolate on the edge of croissant dough that is cut into a rectangular shape. The chocolate is rolled into the center of the croissant, and then pressed with the seam side down to close the croissant. After the chocolate croissant is finished baking, add a bit of powdered sugar by dusting it on with a sifter. [...]

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