Sweet and Spicy Barbecue Sauce



Economical, easy, and no high fructose corn syrup like so many commercial BBQ sauces have.  Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe.

1 small onion, diced

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 small can tomato paste

1/2 tomato paste can water

3 T. molasses

4 T. vinegar

1 T. chipotle chili powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 T. mustard

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. curry powder

Brown onion in a little bit of oil in a medium size sauce pan on medium heat.  Add rest of ingredients and turn heat down so that the sauce is simmering.  Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes or so. Sauce thickens nicely on its’ own without the addition of any thickeners such as flour or cornstarch.




Dill Cream Sauce

I made this dill cream sauce to use with sauteed chicken breasts.  It would also be delicious with meatballs (sort of like Swedish Meatballs) or over pasta or fish.


English: A roux-based sauce with chicken stock...
English: A roux-based sauce with chicken stock, white wine and cream. Svenska: En roux-baserad sås med hönsbuljong, vitt vin och grädde. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 T. butter


3/4 c. chicken broth


1 T. lemon juice


1 c. whipping cream, coffee cream, or half and half


1 T. dillweed


salt and pepper


Melt butter in pan.  Add broth and lemon juice and cook for a minute. Add cream and dill and cook for 5 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.


If using anything other than whipping cream for the cream, you may need to thicken it with a bit of flour or cornstarch dissolved in water.


This made enough sauce to cover four small chicken breasts.




Strawberry Banana Milkshake

"Is one of these for me?"
“Is one of these for me?”

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 cup milk

1 cup good quality vanilla ice cream (such as Haagan-Daz)


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly.  Serves two. (Since we have a Vitamix, we did not have to slice the banana or chop the strawberries first before placing them in the blender.)

The picture is of our cat, Oreo, checking out the milkshake.

Meatless Monday: Veggie Wraps with Mozzarella Cheese

Veggie Wraps with Cheese
Veggie Wraps with Cheese

1 large flour tortilla


Cucumber slices, approximately 8 – 10

1 – 2 large lettuce leaves

1/2 peeled carrot, shredded

Small, thin slices of  cheese (I used mozzarella).

Spread the flour tortilla with mayonnaise.  Add the vegetables and cheese down the middle of the tortilla.  Be careful not to overstuff the tortilla as I did – it makes for messy eating!  Roll up tightly and cut in half diagonally.  Serves one.

Chocolate Strawberry Wraps with Cream Cheese

Chocolate Strawberry Wrap with Cream Cheese
Chocolate Strawberry Wrap with Cream Cheese

Celebrating my 200th post!  Here is a fast and fabulous dessert for Valentine’s Day which is similar to a crepe only easier.

1 large flour tortilla

spreadable cream cheese to cover flour tortilla

4 large strawberries, hulled and sliced

wrap with cream cheese spread and strawberries
wrap with cream cheese spread and strawberries


3 squares good quality dark chocolate, melted in the microwave for one minute on high and thinned with a little milk.

Spread / drizzle melted chocolate on top of the strawberries.

mmmm–drizzled with dark chocolate


Roll up and enjoy!  Other fruits that would work well with this include bananas, pineapple, mango or kiwi.