Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise is incredibly easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. One taste of mayo from scratch and you’ll likely never go back to that store-bought crap again.If the superior quality isn’t convincing enough, maybe the price difference will be. Store-bought mayonnaise is essentially oil, really cheap vegetable oil and a tiny bit of egg product. And you’re paying upwards $4 for it. It costs more and tastes worse.. see where I’m going with this?...more

What condiment could you eat as a food?

The popularity of one condiment over another comes and goes. A few years ago harissa was all the rage. Then sriracha came on the scene and nary a menu in town (DC) was without a sriracha-laced dish on the menu. Many cafe and pub tables donned a bottle of sriracha sauce right next to the salt and pepper....more


In January of this year, I went to Hawaii with my family. My cousins and I went to a really nice sushi restaurant. We were told before going that that we needed to eat everything that the chef made for us (we chose the chef's choice) and we couldn't use soy sauce or any other condiments unless they told us....more

Roasted Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam Roasted with Spices and GarlicWe are one week into October; and we have not yet had a killing frost. Since it is a rainy weekend, and there is an abundance of tomatoes, I decided to make tomato jam.I have not made tomato jam before; but since I like chutneys I thought a zesty jam would be great....more

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Snacking in the KitchenTime to roast!...more

Figuring It Out

Has this ever happened to you? Someone says "Oh! You look just like so-and-so!" If the so-and-so is a celebrity you can either be baffled and flattered (Sandra Bullock) or baffled and insulted (Sandra Bernhard). But rarely do we ever respond to that with "Oh, I know. You are so right."...more

6 Condiments You Really Should Get to Know

We have two of those... not bad. We'd have sriracha but we find we use sambal oelek more.more

Restaurant Style Salsa

As I have said before, I have had a long standing love affair with salsa.  I think salsa should be a drink as well as a condiment.  I have refrained from asking for a straw for my salsa when we go out to Mexican food, but my chips are starting to break with all the salsa I load on them....more

Victorias_view, did you make the salsa? What did you think?

--- Genie, more

How to Make Homemade Mustard with Coriander and Ale

Homemade mustard is surprisingly easy to make, and when you're in control of every ingredient, you can adjust the flavor, intensity and heat to your liking. This particular recipe uses common yellow mustard seeds, apple cider vinegar and pale ale. This same basic technique, however, of soaking mustard seeds in acidic ingredients with aromatics, can be used to create your own personal flavor profile. ...more

Recently made my own ketchup - this is next on my list. Thanks for the recipe and great ...more

Le Pain Quotidien on www.hartleyconfections.com

Le Pain Quotidien considers themselves a bakery and communal table, which is probably one of my favorite things about this cozy chain. Diners have the option of sitting at smaller private tables or joining others at one large table. On the two occasions I have eaten breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien, I’ve opted to sit at the private tables, though they are quite close to one another. But despite the lack of privacy, the intimate feel of the bakery paired with the rustic breads makes for a perfect weekday or weekend breakfast. ...more