Tangy French Vinaigrette

Many, many years ago when I lived in Michigan there was a local grocery store called D&W that had a salad bar that I loved.  I would stop by every night and get a salad for my dinner.  The best part of the salad was the amazing tangy french dressing that they carried.  I loved that dressing so much I could literally drink it!  I asked many times for the name of the dressing or the company that made it but they never told me.  When my husband...

 
Coconut Chili Sauce

Coconut Chili Sauce

Now that the Thai Chili Sauce has been made it’s time to put it to good use in a flavorful sauce that I like to use to cook rice or spoon over steamed vegetables or Soy and Nut burgers. It makes ordinary rice or vegetables seem like a special treat and the Soy and Nut burgers even yummier than they are on their own. Kristy Ingredients: 1 cup unsweetened lite coconut milk 1-4 tbsp Thai Chili Paste (start with one and add more until you reach...

 
Thai Chili Paste

Thai Chili Paste

Thai food has such great flavor. The combination of ingredients sweet, sour, hot and salty bring such depth to each dish. There are no one note dishes but lovely melodies in every bite. Thai chili paste is often found in these dishes but store bought paste contains too many unhealthy ingredients and fish as well. Here is a vegan version of Thai chili paste that is easy to make. I make a batch and then freeze it in ice cube trays to have it handy...

 
Homemade Fudge Sauce

Homemade Fudge Sauce

One of my favorite holiday gifts to give out is homemade fudge.  Each year I make a couple batches of my famous Peanut Butter Fudge, pack them in pretty gift boxes and hand them out to friends and loved ones.  This year I wanted to stick with the fudge theme but keep it simple for those that don’t like peanut butter (Gasp!  I know.  Who doesn’t like PB?  Sadly, my son.).  This fudge is my family’s favorite ice cream topper....

 
Homemade Spice Rub

Homemade Spice Rub

This is my favorite spice rub recipe. I like it because it works on just about everything. It’s also easy to adjust to your own personal tastes by adding or reducing the ingredients. You can leave out the coconut crystals if you don’t like the sweetness or add dry mustard for a little more tang.  You can be the chef and create your own signature spice rub blend. Kristy Ingredients: 2 tbsp raw coconut crystals 1 tbsp paprika or smoked...

 
Homemade Coffee Creamers

Homemade Coffee Creamers

At least once or twice a week we get a request for a coffee creamer recipe.  Up until now I’ve been reluctant to post one since neither my hubby nor I drink coffee.  Luckily I found a willing guinea pig participant to taste all of my creations.  One thing to keep in mind when making any of the flavor variations is that you can add or subtract amounts based on your personal preference.  These are more or less guidelines to help you get...

 
Homemade Condensed Milk

Homemade Condensed Milk

Last week at my children’s gymnastic studio they were having a used book fair to raise money for a child that had just been diagnosed with cancer. :( While browsing through the books I came across one that could have been written just for me.  It was a bit tattered and definitely worn but on the cover I could easily read the title - Sweet and Natural Desserts without Sugar, Honey, Molasses, or Artificial Sweeteners by Janet Warrington.  It...

 
Creamy Garlic Sauce

Creamy Garlic Sauce

Some people think Paula Deen is crazy.  After all the lady happily drinks melted butter and some of her favorite recipes, Butter Popsicles, Gooey Butter Cake and Deep Fried Butter Balls are made almost entirely out of…yup, BUTTER!  But I get her.  Butter is her thang.  See butter is to Paula Deen what garlic is to me.  There are very few things that I don’t add garlic to. When a recipe calls for a clove or two of garlic, I add 6...

 
Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

This will be the first Thanksgiving where I don’t have my traditional after Thanksgiving Toasted Turkey Sandwich.  Of course, after whipping up this fantastic cranberry vinaigrette that sandwich is a distant memory.  I’m loving the sweet and sour of this dressing and could pretty much drink it up with a straw.  This might be my favorite use of Thanksgiving leftovers yet! ~Sarah Ingredients for Thanksgiving Salad: 1 package (5 ounces)...

 
Vegan Gravy

Vegan Gravy

Even before we switched to a plant based diet, Turkey was not the item I looked forward to most for Thanksgiving dinner.  It was ‘Mashed Potato Volcanoes’.  What?  You’ve never heard of them?  I don’t remember who in my family invented this little tradition but my cousin and I always had a little competition to see who could make the biggest volcano.  You start with a big ole’ spoonful of mashed potatoes and you...