The Sauces of Summer: Salsa

Summer cooking is inspired by fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, which is why I thought it would be fun to write a series of posts about the summer-time sauces that use these seasonal ingredients. So far I've discussed Chimichurri Sauce, Greek Tzatziki Sauce, and Pesto. It's time to talk about salsa, which I'm guessing is the most well-known summer sauce of all. ...more

I tell myself that's why I neglect the garden in the fall, to get volunteer plants in the spring ...more

The Sauces of Summer: Pesto

If you start talking about summer sauces made with fresh herbs, there's no doubt pesto reigns as most beloved of all herb sauces. Although Pesto Genovese that originated in Italy is most often made with basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and pine nuts, the definition of pesto has expanded to include ground sauces made with many types of vegetables or herbs. Pesto is versatile as a pasta sauce, spread, dip, or flavoring for soup or veggies, so if you haven't made pesto yet, this is the summer you really should be trying it! ...more

Some of the other pestos are much creamier, plus you might hit on a flavor he likes better than ...more

The Sauces of Summer: Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Next up in my series of posts on The Sauces of Summer is a sauce that you've probably had if you've gone to a Greek restaurant and ordered a Gyro or the Greek-style kabob called Souvlaki. Tzatziki is a yogurt and cucumber based sauce with herbs that's almost always served with both those dishes, and it's also served as a Meze or appetizer in Greece. Some Greek-American restaurants call this simply "white sauce" but whatever you call it, lots of people love Tzatziki sauce. ...more

I think next time I make it I will use mint and dill too! I bet your homemade pita bread is ...more

The Sauces of Summer: Chimichurri Sauce

Mention the word sauce, and people probably think of tomato sauce or something creamy like Alfredo sauce. Those types of sauces are wonderful for winter comfort food, but when the weather gets warmer, it's time for light and flavorful sauces featuring fresh herbs. Most of these summertime sauces are simple to make, so I thought it would be fun to do a series of posts about them on BlogHer.com. I'm starting with chimichurri sauce, the perfect light summer sauce to go with steak, since Memorial Day is coming and lots of people will be grilling. ...more

I think it would be great as a dip with pita bread.

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