Four Hot Sauces That Are Better Than Sriracha

Four Hot Sauces that are Better than Sriracha

I consume a lot of hot sauce. It is rare that one of my meals doesn't have some sort of hot sauce on it. Frank's Red Hot and Sriracha are good. Both are widely available and pretty tasty. I actually have a bottle of Frank's in my fridge right now. I had some yesterday! That said, there are better hot sauces available. Here are four that I keep on hand and regularly consume: ABC Sambal Extra Hot Pedas This stuff is what Sriracha could be. It is pretty spicy and delightfully…

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Pesto Revisited

Pesto Revisited

I posted last year about making pesto in the food processor. I'm writing now to say that I've changed my ways. I use a large mortar and pestle instead and make it by hand. I really enjoy slowing down for a few minutes and methodically grinding the ingredients together while I take in their fragrance. I feel like I appreciate the final product more. My preference for ritual aside, pesto made by hand covers pasta much better and has a better blending of flavors. See Dan Gritzer's post on Serious…

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Salsa Verde Revisited

Salsa Verde Revisited

I looked back at my salsa verde post from last year and decided I could improve it. I tend to only make it once a year because that is when I get a big bunch of tomatillos in my CSA share. That doesn't leave much room for rapid feedback loops, but let's see what we can do. Last year's version was all done on the stovetop. That is a fine method and gets the job done, but it relies heavily on the taste of the raw ingredients and doesn't develop them…

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Faster, Easier, Tastier Homemade Mayo

Faster, Easier, Tastier Homemade Mayo

I used to make mayo at home with the food processor method. I only made mayo for special occasions because this method has a high probability of failure (emulsions are tough!), has more prep and clean-up than I like, and makes fairly large batches for two people. That all changed after I read this post from The Food Lab. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt figured out that a hand blender does a much better job at emulsifying the ingredients and it is much faster and easier to clean up than the food processor. Check…

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Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

Mix Up Your Hotdog Toppings

We like to mix up our hotdog toppings in the Grimmett house so that we feel a little less guilty about eating hotdogs. Sometimes it is cucumber kimchi. Sometimes chili, cheese, and fritos. Sometimes sauerkraut. Sometimes coleslaw. Sometimes ginger scallion sauce. Last night it was quick-pickled cucumbers, radishes, and green onions with a spicy mayo.     Ingredients for the quick pickles 1 Kirby Cucumber 4 medium radishes 2 small green onions, greens and whites 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon white sugar Juice from 1 small lime   Instructions for the quick pickles Slice the…

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Apple Butter

Apple Butter

Amanda and I love apple picking. We go out in our flannel shirts, pick apples, eat cider donuts, sip hot apple cider, then come home and make apple butter and bake apple pies. It makes for a wonderful weekend. This year we picked Macoun (cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black) and Empire (cross between McIntosh and Red Delicious) apples. A half-bushel of apples (pictured above) is enough for two pies, two batches of apple butter, and a few apples left over to eat. We start making the apple butter around 7pm…

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Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Note: I revisited this recipe a year later and made it even better. Check out the new version. This is one of our favorite condiments for tacos and it makes a great snack with chips. It is very easy to make and keeps for at least a week in the fridge. Salsa Verde 1lb of tomatillos, husks and stems removed 1-2 jalapeños 1 onion 1 bunch cilantro Juice from 1 lime 1 tsp salt Put the tomatillos, jalapeños, and onion in a medium saucepan, cover with water, the bring to…

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Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese

I don't remember the first time I tried pimento cheese, but I do remember when I realized how delicious it is. The two summers I lived in Atlanta could be summed up as an extended tour of the city's pimento cheese offerings. Pimento Cheese 1lb grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup mayo 6.5 oz jar of pimentos (I used this Goya jar) 5-10 dashes Worcestershire sauce 2-3 dashes of hot sauce 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder Drain and dice the pimentos, then mix everything together in a non-reactive bowl and let…

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Simple Pesto

Simple Pesto

September 30, 2016 Note: I've revisited my pesto-making style. I no longer make it this way. Check out how I make it now. There are so many variations of pesto these days that it is almost a catch-all title for green sauces. I'm not against that, but it is hard to know what to expect when someone says pesto. I prefer the simplicity of the classic version, both in taste and ease of preparation. Classic pesto is made with fresh basil, garlic, pinenuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil all ground…

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Radish Cilantro Slaw

Radish Cilantro Slaw

Do you have a bunch of radishes that you don't know what to do with? Try making this delicious topping for your next batch of tacos. I came up with this after buying a container of beautiful radishes from the local farmers' market, only to return home and discover that we already had a full bag in the fridge. After making a batch of quick pickles out of them, I came up with this to put on our tacos. Amanda and I liked it so much that we ate it two…

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