Friday, May 26, 2006

Tartar Sauce

I am the queen of condiments! I like a little bit of hotdog with my ketchup, a drop of soup for my crackers, perhaps a leaf of lettuce for my get the idea. I ran across this recipe somewhere online. It tastes different every time I make it, but it's always really good. And so, I give you Tartar sauce...the information given in parentheses are some variations and liberties I have taken with the original.

Tartar Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise (light mayo works, or miracle whip)
1/2 cup relish (I never seem to have relish on hand so I improvise with finely chopped dill pickle (that's all we eat), onion, and a small clove of garlic. I don't have precise measurements or amounts, except for the garlic, but I try not to make it too onion-y or garlic-y, or pickle...I guess it's I should say to just make it all to taste)
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (when I don't have balsamic vinegar I use regular white)
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice (as always fresh is best, but the stuff from a bottle ain't bad either!)

I shouldn't have to say this part, but just in case.....Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Foodie Friday!

Today's offering is a bean dip. It's so easy and YUMMY!! Beware when serving to the males of the species as it tends to cause flatulence...seriously.

Bean Dip

Put in food processor...
1 medium onion
1 can store bought bean dip
1 package (8oz) cream cheese
1 tub (8oz) sour cream
1 package taco seasoning

Blend all ingredients until smooth and well blended. Pour into oven safe dish and top with the cheese of your choice. You can also put cheese in the food processor, too. I like mine super cheesy. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Enjoy! This is a good base recipe, you could add peppers or hot sauce for more spice. Or maybe your own secret ingredient. It's always fun to experiment.

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