Category Archives: Condiments

Recipe: Vinegar Peppers

An essential component of Chicken Riggies and (obviously) Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers, these couldn’t be easier to make. Your home prep won’t be exactly the same as Casa Visco or other Italian-American brands, but it’s definitely close enough to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sticky Spicy Korean Marinade for Spareribs or Whatever

Da-yum! I do believe this addictive stuff is better than KFC. Same wonderful flavor profile of heat+sweet+spice but more of all. I was inspired by the new Koreatown cookbook which says it’s ok to use fish sauce, plus a recipe … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sour Mustard

I prefer deli-style spicy brown mustard to Dijon as a condiment for a charcuterie tray, but it’s missing a certain je ne sais quoi. Actually I do know; it’s the sour kick from the wine. Here’s how adjust it. Makes … Continue reading

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Recipe: Pickled Mustard Seeds

Pickled mustard seeds have a pop when you bite into them and add a welcome tang in pretty much any application where you’d use regular mustard. Try a spoonful over a griddled pork chop, or use in sour mustard to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Quick Pickled Onions

Why put regular onions on your burger or sandwich when you can have pickled? Makes 1-2 cups. Ingredients: 1 red onion, sliced thin 3/4 c cider vinegar 3/4 c water 1 t pickling spices 1 t kosher salt 1 clove garlic … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mexican-Style Pickled Vegetables (Escabeche)

In better California burrito places you always find a container of escabeche alongside the various salsas. Jalapeños and other vegetables (carrots, onions, maybe some cauliflower) are sweated in a bit of oil then simmered with spices and vinegar. I started … Continue reading

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Recipe: Pickled Beets

I followed the recipe in Food in Jars, which is an excellent source of canning advice, but reduced the sugar content significantly. These are nice with arugula or green lettuce, blue cheese and glazed walnuts and a mustardy vinaigrette like … Continue reading

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Recipe: Mystery Creek Ranch Dressing

Like the best selling brand, but with 30 calories per serving compared to 140 for Hidden Valley. Which means you can dip veggies all day, guilt-free. Makes 1 cup (8 2-T servings). Ingredients: ½ c whole milk buttermilk* 1/3 c … Continue reading

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Recipe: Red Boat Onions

Delicious accompaniment to burgers or almost anything savory. Takes just minutes and a couple simple ingredients to add a new level of complexity and flavor. Ingredients: 4 medium onions (preferably Vidalia or other sweet variety), peeled and sliced crosswise 1 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Salvadorean-style Curtido

This is the slaw that’s served on the side with pupusas (Salvadorean-style stuffed tortillas). It’s a bit intense to eat on its own, but that intensity makes it ideal for any recipe where you want to add the crunch of … Continue reading

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