Dressings and Marinades

Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

Broccoli side dish

This clean eating broccoli salad features cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds and green onions and a creamy vegan dressing made with Mirin, orange juice and almond butter. It is great served either as a side dish, or main course salad. I love to make my own salad dressing. First of all, it allows me to put…

Spice Rub Mix – Great for Steaks, Roasts and more

BBQ spice Rub

This is hands down my favorite spice rub mix.  I use it almost every time we grill steaks.  It is a wonderful blend of some of my favorite spices.  It keeps well and goes quickly. It is the perfect rub to use on all sorts meats for the grill.  It’s barbecue time! Make your own…

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub for Burgers

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub plus a printable label - thegardeningcook.com/caribbean-jerk-dry-rub

Caribbean Jerk Dry Rub and Printable Label. Do you like the taste of Caribbean flavors? If you do, this Caribbean dry rub is for you. The rub is a delicious blend of both savory and sweet spices that will give your burger an island kick. It adds a delicious flavor to any burger, particularly those…

DIY Italian Herb Vinegar

Italian Herb Vinegar is so easy to make.

I love growing herbs and combing them with vinegar and oil gives me a great ingredient for cooking. Herb infused vinegar oils keep the flavor of the herbs well and add such a special taste to any recipe.  This recipe for Italian Herb Vinegar is perfect for any Italian or Mediterranean recipe. Make Your Own…

Make Your Own Smoky Dry Rub & FREE Printable Label

Make Your Own Smoky BBQ Dry Rub

I love to BBQ. Well, truth be told, I love it when my husband BBQs.  I spend so much time cooking and perfecting recipes that it is nice to have a night off. This happens all year long on Saturday. Normally, my husband barbeques steaks on the grills, and he is good at it.  Funny…

Grapefruit Honey Vinaigrette Dressing

Grapefruit honey mustard vinaigrette dressing

This tangy grapefruit honey vinaigrette dressing is fast and easy to do and uses up grapefruit if you happen to have some that are starting to be not so great for eating.    (Or if you buy them instead of oranges by mistake like I recently did.) The dressing is so easy to do.  Just assemble…

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Homemade Pizza Sauce

It’s pizza night!  Don’t reach for a bottle jar of pizza sauce. It’s super easy to make your own homemade pizza sauce in minutes. Printable Recipe – Homemade Pizza Sauce I grew tired of most take away pizzas years ago and I finally discovered I just don’t care for the taste of commercial pizza sauce. …

Home Made Mushroom Marinara Sauce – Fresh Tomatoes

I love marinara sauces.  I recently made one using roasted fresh tomatoes with white wine and it was just delicious.  You can find that recipe here. It is one of the most popular recipes on my website and gets hundreds of views every day. Today’s recipe is a modification of the basic sauce.  It is…

Homemade Marinara Sauce with Fresh Roasted Tomatoes

Home made marinara sauce

I have found many recipes for home made marinara sauce on the internet, but when I look at them, they ask for canned tomatoes. Sorry…but that is not my idea of home made.  I call that “Semi home made”, and while there is a place for this in the kitchen, it doesn’t extend to sauces.…