Bordeaux Chipotle Red Sauce

Bordeaux Chipotle Red Sauce

Deliciously rich and decadent tasting, I had just enough wine left over to change the whole flavor of a basic marinara sauce. The smoke from the chipotle and the depth of the wine creates a wonderfully balanced sauce…So delicious over Gluten free Penne served with a fresh radicchio salad or sautéed greens.

Bordeaux Chipotle Red Sauce

2 large cloves garlic, smashed & minced

24-28oz of diced or crushed tomatoes – I use the Bionatura brand)

1c water

1 large onion, medium dice

1/4t black pepper

1/4t cayenne (opt) or one whole small chili

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

1T chipotle powder

1c red Bordeax wine (another dry red wine will work also)

1t salt or to taste

1T-dried or fresh parsley, and other fresh herbs like basil, oregano etc *opt

In a large pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic, and hot pepper until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, parsley (dried), salt, black and chipotle pepper. Add the water and wine and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes and add in any fresh herbs in the last 5 minutes of cooking, adjust the seasonings.

At this point, the sauce is delicious as is or can be pureed to create a smoother sauce.

Homemade Apple Sauce

*applesauce

I had about 4 or 5 apples that were just a little bit past good eating so I sauced them! I washed and cored them and kept the skin on. It was a mix of Ginger Golds, Honey Crisps, and Empires. It made the tastiest applesauce! I blended it in the vitamix- the consistency is really about how much water you add into the cooking and the water content of the fruit- too much water and you will end up with too thin a consistency for sauce. I added just a touch of cinnamon and bit of salt to draw out the natural sweetness in the apples, barley adding any additional sweetener-I used local maple syrup. FRICKEN YUM. It was delicious hot but even more flavorful cold.

Applesauce

4-5 apples of your choosing, cored and quartered

1/2c water (more or less)

1/2t cinnamon

pinch pink salt

2t lemon juice

2t maple syrup

In a heavy pot, combine the apples and the water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer partially covered for about 15-20 minutes- just until the apples are tender and some of the water has cooked out.

Place everything including some of the cooking water (only if needed to get things going) the cinnamon, salt, maple syrup and lemon juice. Blend well. Adjust seasoning. Be careful not to over sweeten or season as it will intensify in flavor as it cools.

Serve warm or cold.

*a nice addition is cayenne pepper or black pepper!

Homemade Fermented Sriracha Sauce (sweet hot chili sauce)

*sriracha sauce

This stuff is STRAIGHT UP AWESOME. Fermented, local, fricken amazing….I used my fermented hot sauce as the base and tried to get it taste like my favorite sulfite sugar laden bottled stuff…..I NAILED IT. I gather you could make this simply using fresh peppers, garlic etc, but the fermented aspect gives it a flavor unlike anything just raw can do…. I use this sauce on everything, from beans to rice, tofu, tempeh, sandwiches- EVERYTHING….I’m sorta in shock I made it taste so good….. 🙂

See for yourself and tell me how it goes!

Sriracha Sauce

3C fermented hot peppers or 2c blended fermented hot sauce

1c raw local honey or raw agave

2T heaping mellow white miso- more if needed

1 clove garlic

1/2t pink salt

In a blender, combine all ingredients and process until completely smooth. Taste for sweeter or adjust for more salt. Bottle and refrigerate.

Makes 5-6 5oz bottles, or just one really giant awesome home batch.

Sugo..Red Sauce…Marinara….

*marinara

A STAPLE SAUCE. MAKE IT. FREEZE IT. ALWAYS HAVE IT IN THE HOUSE.

Ellen’s Simple Marinara Sauce

2 large cloves garlic, smashed & minced

1 large can (28oz) of diced or crushed tomatoes – I used the equivalent from a glass jar (Bionatura brand)

1c water

1 large onion, medium dice

1/4t black pepper

1/4t cayenne (opt) or one whole small chili

1/4c extra virgin olive oil

1T maple syrup or agave

1t salt or to taste

1T-dried or fresh parsley *opt

In a large pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic with the sweetener until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, parsley (dried), salt, black and red pepper. Add the water and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, adjust the seasonings. Add in the parsley (fresh).

At this point, the sauce is delicious as is or can be pureed to create a smoother sauce.

FOR A SMOOTHER SAUCE:

In batches, in a blender or vita mix*, puree the tomato sauce until desired consistency is achieved. Adjust the seasonings again after pureeing.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous.

Raw Cashew Cream Cheese

*RAW CASHEW CHEESE-SAVORY

This cheese is EXCEPTIONAL….full of pro-biotics (belly healthful bacteria), it is incredibly creamy and delicious. Easy easy easy to make. It’s raw, its animal free, dairy free, gluten free AMAZINGNESS…..It’s sort of like, why WOULDN’T you make it?….

Raw Cashew Cream Cheese- Savory

1c raw cashews

1c raw sauerkraut (not pasteurized)

1T dulse flakes

1t raw agave or raw local honey

1 clove garlic

1/2t pink salt

3T of coconut oil

3-4T water- just enough to process until smooth- less is better!

In a blender, add in all of the ingredients except the water and blend until totally creamy and smooth. Add the water as needed, 1T at a time. Pour into a jar with a locking lid (gasket, air sealed) and close it up. There should be at least 3 inches of space to give the cheese a chance to bloom. Label it, date it and place in a dark and warm place for 12-24 hours.

Transfer the jar into the refrigerator and allow to set up and cure for at least a week.

This is a pro-biotic rich cheese!

  • Delicious as a base for savory dips and spreads
  • Amazing spread on toast, bagels, and crackers

Spicy Chickpea Hummus

*spicy chickpea hummus

I make this all the time…so good to have in the house as a quick source of veggie protein for sandwiches, salads, fresh vegetable dipping. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is a vegan staple. The addition of the fresh chili pepper gives it an unbelievable amount of kick without being overwhelming. I also use RAW tahini, and fresh lemon juice (NEVER bottled) in this recipe- I take the RAW nutrition wherever I possibly can…..YUM.

Spicy Chickpea Hummus 

2c Cooked chickpeas

2t ground cumin

1/2t Hungarian paprika

1/2c extra virgin olive oil

2T sesame tahini

1 lemon, juiced

1/4t black pepper

2 cloves garlic, smashed

1t pink salt

1 fresh chili pepper, seeds and all

Place all ingredients into a food processor.

If needed, add a few teaspoons of water to help turn the mixture and help it along. Adjust seasoning to taste

** can be made raw with 2c sprouted chick peas

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

*fresh tomato basil sauceFresh Tomato & Basil Sauce

2 cloves garlic, smashed and minced

4c tomatoes, diced

1/4c fresh basil, lightly packed, chopped

1/4t black pepper

1/4c water

1/2-1 fresh cherry bomb, chili or other hot pepper, minced

1/3c extra virgin olive oil

1t salt or to taste

In a skillet, add the olive oil and sauté the garlic  until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt, black and red pepper. Allow the tomatoes to break down and to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the fresh basil.

At this point, the sauce is delicious as is or can be pureed to create a smoother sauce.

Summer Pizza On the Grill

*summer pizza

So yesterday was unbearably hot, the day before I had a fire going, so needless to say my food plan got confused. My plan was to whip up some Gnocchi’s with my leftover smashed potatoes but there was no way I was gonna be in the kitchen over boiling anything. I had stopped at Walker Farm earlier in the day and picked up a locally made, organic, par-cooked pizza crust, a gorgeous pint of tomatoes and some fresh arugula. I made a fresh sauce, sliced more fresh tomatoes and put the whole thing on the grill. HOLY CRAP was this pie delicious. I would venture to say one of the best pizza experiences without cheese that I have ever had. It was never even missed there was so much goodness happening with each bite.

What you will need:

  • 1 ready made pizza crust (or make your own!)
  • Fresh Pizza Sauce – recipe below
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3c fresh arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Heat up the grill, keep it on high until cook time.

Place the crust on foil. Ladle the fresh, slightly cooled sauce over the base of the pie. Then layer on the fresh tomato slices. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Lower the heat on the grill to about medium low and place the pie on the grill. Close the cover and let cook for 8-10 minutes, checking in in the first few minutes to gauge the temperature, making sure not to burn the bottom of the crust before the whole pie is cooked.

In a large bowl, add the arugula, use the juice of one whole lemon, drizzle in about 1-2T of olive oil, salt and pepper and toss. Set aside.

Remove the pie from the grill when the crust is just golden around the edges. Top it with the fresh Arugula salad. Slice and eat IMMEDIATELY…..

SO FRICKEN DELICIOUS.

Fresh Tomato & Basil Pizza Sauce

1 clove garlic, smashed and minced

2c fresh ripe tomatoes, diced

1/4c fresh basil, lightly packed, chopped

1/4t black pepper

2T extra virgin olive oil

1t salt or to taste

In a skillet, add the olive oil and sauté the garlic until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, salt, black and red pepper. Allow the tomatoes to break down and to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the fresh basil.

At this point, the sauce is delicious as is or can be pureed to create a smoother sauce.

Fermented Hot Sauce!

*hot sauce

This stuff is BOMB. I started making it last year and could not wait for this summer to roll around to plant all of the peppers I could to make it again. SO SIMPLE. You can use any variety of hot peppers, I use a mix of Hot Cherry Bombs, Cayenne, Jalapeño, and Chili’s. Depending on the kind of heat you prefer, you could totes add Scotch Bonnets and Habañeros to the mix for a hotter hot or add some sweet peppers to make it more like a homemade Sriracha Sauce. I also add in some fresh ginger, garlic in addition to the salt in the brine. I eat it on sandwiches, with tofu, just about anywhere I want a little kick in the pants. SO. GOOD.

You Will Need:

  • A glass jar with a gasket lock-tite lid
  • 2-3″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic
  • *Salt
  • 3-4c prepared hot/sweet pepper mix, de-stemmed and at least split so that the brine can penetrate the pepper
  • *Brine: Mix 1 heaped tablespoon of a mineral rich good sea salt, like pink or celtic sea salt, per quart water.
  • a small dish to weigh the peppers down once the lid is sealed to keep them under the brine

Hot Sauce

In the clean glass jar, start layering the peppers, ginger and garlic in, tightly packing them and also pounding them in to crush them somewhat.
Layer them tightly! You can salt as you go or you can pre-mix your saltwater brine and pour over the pepper mix.
Leave about 2 inches of space from the top. I use a little porcelain ramekin and close it down with lid onto the peppers (do this over the sink so as not to let what spills out spill all over!)

All of the goodness should be completely submersed under the brine.

THATS’ IT! I put this in my dehydrator, not on, so it can do it’s thing in a safe, warm, undisturbed place for at least two weeks.

After several days you will see bubbles start to happen- Don’t open the jar! TWO WEEKS.

After two weeks, in the sink, because the contents are now under pressure, carefully open the jar- You will most definitely get a POP.

Pour this directly into your food processor or vita-mix and puree completely with ALL of the brine included. If you need more liquid, you can add a little bit of raw apple cider vinegar to the blender. Bottle and store refrigerated. AMAAAAAAZINGNESS.

*hotsauce

Easy Peanut Butter Sauce

This sauce can literally transform everyday foods into new meals, on veggies, grains, noodles-  I created this recipe while living in New York City. I had the tiniest kitchen, I cried my first night, not because of being homesick but because of my new kitchen! I had two jars of peanut butter which were clearly taking up too much real estate so instead of consolidating the jars, I made the sauce with what ingredients I had in the apartment in-the-jar, and then the jar became the storage container for the fridge! Use it over noodles, it pairs amazingly well with Grilled Tofu over a fresh bed of crisp greens and sprouts as a dressing, and inside fresh rolls (which is what I will be making today!) are just some of its uses- it is a fantastic, big flavor sauce. Spice it to your liking, I add a fresh hot pepper into the mix cuz I like it hot! It literally takes 5 minutes to make and is worth keeping in the fridge at all times.

fricken yum
fricken yum

Peanut Butter Sauce

1/3c organic peanut butter, natural style, crunchy or creamy

1T shoyu or tamari

1″ fresh piece of ginger, more if desired

1 small fresh chili or 1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper

1T fresh lime juice *opt -makes it taste more awesome but so not needed

2T cilantro *opt-makes it taste more awesome but so not needed

1T prepared ketchup

1T hot sauce or sriracha sauce

1/3-1/2c water

1T maple syrup or raw agave or raw local honey

2t hot toasted sesame oil

Black pepper to taste

Add all ingredients into a blender, start with a smaller amount of water to get it going, and add more if needed. Blend until completely smooth and to your desired consistency,  more liquid for a sauce, less liquid for use as a dipping sauce. It’s your sauce, make it awesome!