Category Archives: Sauces and Condiments

Lentil-Pecan Pate

I have been making this recipe from Cafe Flora for years, and have adapted it to create a firmer texture than the original.  It  is a great vegan and gluten free appetizer to add to any holiday spread.  I like to serve it garnished with merlot salt and edible flowers for a more interesting presentation.
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Guacamole 101

A traditional Mexican dip, guacamole has become a staple in the American diet as well.  Avocados are high in fat, but they also have a number of nutritional strengths such as a high potassium and fiber content.  

There are two main components to making the perfect guacamole.  Choosing good avocados, and properly seasoning.



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Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce
Serves 4
This simple pasta sauce is great with pasta or as a pizza sauce.
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  1. 1 1/2 TBSP margarine or butter
  2. 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  3. 1 TBSP tomato paste
  4. 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  5. 1 tsp dried marjoram
  6. 1 tsp dried oregano
  7. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 TBSP tomato paste
  9. 1 28oz can crushed or petite diced tomatos (I prefer San Marzano tomatos)
  10. 6-8 leaves fresh basil, torn
  11. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat margarine on medium heat and add onions.
  2. Cook onions for 5-6 minutes until beginning to brown.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for 3 more minutes.
  4. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, oregano, marjoram, and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes until sauce is slightly reduced.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  7. Sauce can be served immediately or refrigerated for later use.
Extra Veggie Version
  1. Add approximately one cup of chopped, sauteed vegetables (such as: zucchinni, peppers, mushrooms, onion, garlic, spinach or fennel). Puree together with tomato sauce in a food processor or blender (so they can't pick them out).