We ate a lot of salad this summer and this was one of our favorite dressings.  It’s light and fresh and super simple to make! I like making my own dressings as I know what’s in it, no chemicals and simple fresh ingredients that most of the time I have on hand! This dressing will brighten any salad!

INGREDIENTS

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup garlic infused olive oil
Juice of one lemon

DIRECTIONS

Whisk all of the ingredients together. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before serving, give it a shake!

Enjoy!

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These pickles became a family favorite from the very first taste! They are so easy, but they do need to sit in the fridge for one week before the flavor is where it is supposed to be. I tasted them each day and the flavor really changes as it sits. The first day the heat was right there in your face.  Day two it was the sweetness that came through and by day three and four the flavors mellow and you get just the right amount of sweetness to the little bit of spice. I will be making these all summer! I made them last week and we have already gone through 3/4 of the jar! If you like sweet/heat you will love these!

INGREDIENTS
2 jars (32 ounces each) dill pickle slices or spears
4 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, peeled

DIRECTIONS
Drain and discard the juice from the pickle jars. In a large bowl combine pickles, sugar, hot pepper sauce, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and cover. Let stand for 2 hours stirring occasionally. Spoon pickle mixture into 3 pint size jars and add one garlic clove to each jar. Cover and refrigerate for 1 week before serving. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Enjoy!

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We are still hot and humid in New Hampshire! I have been using my slow cooker, eating out and of course using the grill! So I came across this recipe on Facebook of all places. I love a good BBQ sauce, but I don’t make them very often. My favorite homemade sauce is made by my brother, Barry. This is not his sauce and not quite as tasty as his but if you like a simple, very sweet sauce, you will enjoy this. I made this first thing in the morning and stored it in the fridge until I was ready to grill later that day. I used this on chicken, but it would be equally good on pork chops or even grilled kielbasa!

 

 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS
Whisk together all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer over medium heat until thickened. About 15 minutes.  Let cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.  When used as a grill sauce, grill your meat and baste with sauce in the last few minutes of grilling.

Enjoy!

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With grilling season in full swing, I am always looking for something different to add to my hot dogs or hamburgers and these onions hit the spot! These do take some time and can’t be rushed but would also be great with so many things.  Not just burgers and dogs… how about on top of nacho’s or even in your mac and cheese! If you are looking for a little something extra this is it! One onion is enough for two or three burgers!

INGREDIENTS
1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
Pinch of salt
1/2 Tablespoon of butter
8 ounces of beer (I used a wheat ale.  Stout would be a good choice too)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan over medium heat add the butter, salt and onion. Stir until the onion starts to get soft. Add the beer and let simmer until the onions are browned and almost all of the moisture is gone. Remove from heat and add to your burgers or dogs or whatever you are adding them to.  This can be stored in the fridge and re-heated when needed.

Enjoy!

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