Basic Ingredients, Dijon Mustard, Eggs, Mayonnaise, Salt, Sauces, Vegetarian, White Pepper, White Wine Vinegar

Mayonnaise

To finish freshman composition, I had to turn in a paper comparing and contrasting both sides of a controversial issue, with the history of the subject and two personal interviews. Most people went political, but I chose to write about mayo.

Apparently the Italians and the French still argue over whose war-captured chef slave invented the sauce. Regardless, the recipe has traveled all over the world, making all Japanese deep fried foods even more excellent. P.S. Thanks for the whole frying idea, Portugal! (Unrelated and also cool: Ketchup is Chinese. Get over it.)

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Butter, Butternut Squash, Carrot, Chicken Stock, Curly Parsley, Fall, Flat-Leaf Parsley, Garlic, Green Onion, Mint, Olive Oil, Onion, Potato, Salt, Soups & Stews, Summer, Summer Squash, Vegan, Vegetable Stock, Vegetarian, Winter

Butternut Squash Soup with Mint Pistou

I love a soup that is just as good hot as it is cold. With the unpredictable Oregon springtime weather, my lately medium-low attention span, and my busy schedule, having something quick and easy that can be served a few different ways is always nice.

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Active Dry Yeast, Bacon, Black Pepper, Fall, Flour, Heavy Whipping Cream, Jam, Olive Oil, Onion, Pizza, Sage, Salt, Summer

Onion, Bacon, & Sage Pizza

Isn’t it nice to have a standby recipe that you can whip together quickly and that you nearly always have all of the ingredients for, even when there is NOTHING in your kitchen? In that respect, this one goes in my mental recipe book right next to pasta marinara and grilled cheese, but has more than just a little appeal on my “I don’t want to leave the house again” whiny sort of evenings. Got an onion? Some flour? One stray piece of bacon? A somewhat bug-eaten sage plant somewhere in the yard? The tiniest bit of heavy cream left in the carton? Zero energy left for the day? This one’s for you!

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Active Dry Yeast, Baking, Flour, Olive Oil, Pizza, Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian

Basic Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is even easier than no-knead bread! Making it at home will save you a ton of money. Those pre-baked shells are tasteless and expensive, and the somewhat tastier ready-to-bake doughs are outrageously expensive. (Not to mention the cost of buying a delivered pizza… and who knows what’s really in that.) You’re only four basic ingredients, ten minutes of actual work, two dirty dishes, and one floury counter top away from having a homemade pizza crust anytime. Save that extra cash and tip your beertender!

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Balsamic Vinegar, Garlic, Jam, Onion, Pectin, Salt, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar

Onion Garlic Jam

I recently became obsessed with Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic and Onion Jam. It’s great on pulled pork sandwiches, Parmesan toast, pizza, chicken, roasted vegetables, salads, baked fruit, everything! At almost 6 bucks for an itty bitty jar, I knew I had to try and see if I could make it at home.

This was my first attempt at making up a recipe, and it turned out beautifully! I have made fig jam before, so I knew the basics, and the rest I improvised. Beginner’s luck, definitely.

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