Homemade Mayo

Homemade Mayo

DSC_9957 copySoooooooo full disclosure here, I have never been a fan of mayonnaise. You’re probably thinking “Um, what? Isn’t this post dedicated to mayo?”

YES. But hear me out.

I think it all started from an attempt to do a Hellmans mayo hair mask when I was around 13 years old. The smell you guys. Mayo heating up on your head, you can’t escape it. ughhhhh. So gross. Ever since then, even the whiff of mayo makes me lose my appetite immediately.

But then a little while ago I tried my aunt’s homemade lemon tarragon mayo with some bbq chicken wings (thas a whole other post to talk about how good that was) in short, it was sooo good. TOTALLY different flavor than the stuff on the store shelves. I decided I’d give making my own a try.

Not only was I surprised how easy it was to make, but also totally surprised how delicious it is! There are so many flavor combo’s you can think up. I wanted to try a spicy one.

Of course last week you caught a glimpse of it on these great tacos that we shared. DSC_9996Spicy, creamy, delicious. It’s the perfect way to get some healthy fats and tons of flavor to the tacos, or sandwiches or whatever else you put mayo on (I told you I’m new to this mayo world) :)
DSC_9947 copyThe possible best part of this, is that you make it right in the wide mouth jar that you store it in. NO DISHES!!!

Entire process is about 30 seconds.
ALWAYSSUMMERDSC_9939 copyTA-DA! Done. And all with ingredients you can name and recognize (unlike store-bought). I suggested a few flavor add ins but basically you could do anything you wanted!
DSC_9934 copyDSC_9953 copyThis spicy sriracha one is so good. Next on my list I want to try a curry mayo, & do a curried chicken salad of some type.
DSC_9963 copyA few action shots so you can see how thick and creamy it is. And of course, perfect on these delicious caramelized pork tacos with pineapple cucumber salsaDSC_9989

Have any of you made mayo before? Do you have any outstanding flavor combos I should add to my list? I’d love to hear from you!

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Caramelized Pork Tacos w/ Pineapple Salsa

Caramelized Pork Tacos w/ Pineapple Salsa

DSC_9996Oh Tacos. So difficult for me to try to photograph yet so delicious that I can’t help but share.

Tacos are one of my favorite things to make when you’re tight on time. They’re always a crowd pleaser and as you can see with this recipe, the flavor combos are endless. This particular recipe is a new favorite of ours.DSC_9989

 Last week we shared the recipe for the Pineapple Cucumber salsa which is totally a great salsa to make not just for tacos but for chips, a topping for fish, and eating by itself.
As you learned last week, the salsa is incredibly easy to make. These tacos, even though the process involves heat, aren’t that much harder to make. Check it out:
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See?!? You can top this with spicy chili sauce or anything you want. Then serve with some tortillas chips and the remaining pineapple salsa and it’s the perfect dinner!
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So delicious.
But serious question time. Seriously bloggers, without a freaking taco stand holder thing (technical term), how do you beautifully photograph tacos?!? I commend all of you who have managed the feat.
They’re so delicious though. Ahhh my head will be filled with taco dreams until I make these again.
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BUT WAIT!!!
What about that delicious spicy mayo that you see on the tacos? Well, you gotta come back next week to see that recipe.
Trust me, it’s worth the wait and it’s possibly the easiest part of this whole meal. Don’t miss it!
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Pineapple Cucumber Salsa

Pineapple Cucumber Salsa

DSC_9930 copy My biggest weakness in life is chips and salsa. Scratch that, it’s just the salsa.

Seriously.

I put salsa on everything. Eggs, salads, rice, fish, chicken, sometimes just a spoon that goes directly into my mouth. I can’t help it.

Red, green, fruity, spicy, canned, fresh, chunky, smooth- never met one I didn’t like.

GIMME ME ALL THE SALSAS!

This particular salsa is probably the easiest thing in the world. THIS one I made a while ago is easy too, but this bad boy only has 5 ingredients (not counting salt because, c’mon).

5 ingredients people!!DSC_9907 copyALWAYSSUMMERBoom. You’re done, and well on your way to happy salsa land. If you’re obsessed with SPICY like me, you can throw in some jalapeño too, which I did.

I made this salsa to put on some delicious caramelized pork tacos *tune in next week for those!* and it was soooo good. But I also ate this with chips and by the spoonful. I think it would also be delicious with some nice light fish or even shrimp!

Possibilites are endless :)
DSC_9914 copyDon’t forget to check back for the delicious pork taco recipe! Have wonderful and safe weekend!

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Curried Vegetables w/ Creamy Polenta

Curried Vegetables with Creamy Polenta

DSC_9858pmLately I’ve been feeling a little, blah.

It’s freezing outside, it’s the middle of January, I see approximately 7 minutes of sunlight a day, and the list of BLAH-ness goes on.

I still feel a little sluggish after the holidays and my body is still craving fresh and nutrient dense foods.

My favorite recipes are the ones that aren’t “recipes” at all. You can throw in any ingredients you want and really get creative. Some of my favorite examples of things you can do this with are stir fry’s and curries, although there are many more.

This was inspired by something I saw over at Naturally Ella and threw in whatever I had on hand. It turned out beautiful and delicious! DSC_9864pmI love polenta and really think we should eat it more. Especially when it’s creamy and made with really fresh and delicious pasture butter(my personal fav). It’s so simple to make and is the perfect base for a healthy dish.

There are so many delicious ideas I’ve seen recently. For starters this one, this one, and this one. Soooo good.  DSC_9881pmIt’s also really easy to make. Take a looksies, and make this this week when it’s freezing out and you need a little warming pick me up :) ALWAYSSUMMERDon’t forget you can use any veggies or ingredients your heart desires!! Experiment and have fun, that’s what cooking is all about :)

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Roasted Cauliflower Beer & Cheese Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Beer & Cheese Soup

DSC_0330editWinter.is…..here. It’s snowy, it’s sleeting, it’s icy, it’s…..COLD.

But that’s nothing this delicious and *BURSTING* with flavor soup, can’t fix.

Jake helped me make this soup and when we got to the part where you put all the ingredients in the blender and puree into the freaking smoothest thing this side of, I don’t even know… he was a little concerned.

“Wait. What are you doing? You’re going to blend it all up? It looks good enough as it is. Are you sure?”

Truth is, he had a good point. The soup did look delicious and great as is, before blending. But seriously you guys….. don’t be tempted. The silky smooth creamy velvet texture that a Vitamix blender creates is out.of.this.world.20160106_171020editNow we were  fortunate enough to have received a Vitamix as a wedding gift, but any high powered blender will work well (I’m told). I’m still learning the ways of the Vitamix and all the amazing things we can do with it. This was the first soup we made and I am SERIOUSLY impressed. I’ve obviously had a regular blender for most of my life and I’ve tried to make blended soups, both in the regular blender and also with an immersion blender. But seriously while those other two methods obviously work to a degree and definitely have their place in my kitchen for other tasks, I’ll never, EVER use either one again for the purpose of creating a smooth blend of ANYTHING(smoothies, soups, dips, hummus, etc…).

Yummm. I’m actually eating leftovers of this for lunch today so these pictures are making me hungry already. DSC_0322editEven though the soup does have beer and cheese in it, because, why not? Oh and Bacon….we got a hearty 6 servings out of this batch of soup so for each serving you aren’t really indulging toooo much. But it will taste like you are. While eating this soup, it was like an EXPLOSION of flavor. So many of them. We both said aloud, “Wow, this is great. It’s like you can taste all the individual ingredients but yet they combine to make a kick a** combo!” Paraphrasing of course :) And no lie, the leftovers were even better.

But it was really good, and overall pretty simple:
ALWAYSSUMMERWe used some pretty serious dark beer in ours, a dark ale from a local brewery, so our soup had some serious beer flavor, which we loved. But if you aren’t really into that, you could try a lighter brown ale (like Newcastle or something similar).

Additionally, you could make this vegetarian/vegan by omitting the bacon. If you did this, I would add an extra tbsp of oil when sauteing your veggies. I honestly still think it would be delicious even without bacon, so no fear of missing out on flavor!

Serve with some crusty bread or crunchy crackers and ENJOY!!!20160106_170921edit

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