condiments

MAGIC MIX

MAKES 3 CUPS ½ cup all-purpose flour½ cup cold butter 2 cups powdered dry milk Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until it is crumbly and butter is about the size of small peas. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator …

RECIPE: Hazelnut Pesto

Unlike traditional pestos that are dominated by an herb flavor, usually basil, and lots of garlic, this one lets the hazelnut flavor reign with the surprise sweetness of orange instead of the expected lemon. It makes an unusual hors d’oeuvre or lunch served with lightly …

RECIPE: Keefer’s Turkey Brine

3 quarts water3 pints cider vinegar 2 cups brown sugar 1/4 cup kosher salt4 cinnamon sticks 4 whole cloves 4 whole allspice 4 juniper berries 1 small bunch thyme 2 fresh bay leaves 1 teaspoon crack black   pepper Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, …

RECIPE: Garam Masala

MAKES 1/2 Cup 2 tablespoons cumin seeds2 tablespoons coriander seeds 2 tablespoons   cardamom seeds 2 tablespoons black   peppercorns 1 (3-inch) stick   cinnamon, broken up 1 teaspoon whole cloves 1 teaspoon grated   nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground   saffron (optional) Put cumin, coriander, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon and cloves …

RECIPE: Concord Grape Conserve

Concord grapes are only in season for a brief moment, so make this conserve whenever you see them in the market, then make the appetizer for any party you plan for the fall. MAKES 6 PINTS 8 cups (about 4 pounds) Concord grapes6 cups sugar …

SPICY FRESH PINEAPPLE SALSA

MAKES 11/2 CUPS 1 cup diced fresh pineapple 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh jalapeno chiles, including seeds (or more to taste)¼ cup chopped cilantro ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (or more to taste) 2 tab lespoons freshly squeezed …

PICO DE GALLO

MAKES 2 CUPS 1½ cups fresh, ripe tomatoes (about 2 medium), seeded and finely diced 1/3 cup chopped cilantro¼ cup finely chopped white onion 1 small fresh jalapeno or serrano chile, finely chopped, including seeds (more to taste) 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (more …

Sweet Watermelon Rind Relish

MAKES 3 CUPS This recipe calls for watermelon rind with the thin outer dark green skin removed. The easiest way to do that is to use a paring knife to cut away the red flesh, then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. 1 …

SWEET AND CRUNCHY CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

MAKES 6 SERVINGS 1 cup small curd cottage cheese 1 (8-ounce) package cream   cheese, softened2 tablespoons honey ¼ cup walnuts, chopped ½ cup raisins In medium bowl, combine all ingredients using spoon or electric mixer; mix well. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight. …