Salsa Verde

Hey There,

So a couple of weeks ago I celebrated a birthday. I won’t say how old I turned but I will say that I entered into a new decade. As  I do on most birthdays and during the week’s leading up to my birthday, I like to reflect on my life, make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year. This year one resolution I set was to be more adventurous and to try new things. I want to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new adventures.  One area of my life that I am hoping to be more adventurous in, is in my culinary life. When I cook, I usually cook the same things and most of the time in the same ways. This year I am hoping to add new recipes to my culinary rotation and to experiment with new ingredients, so I have resolved to buy a new or different fruit or vegetable each time that I go to the store. So, last week when I was at the store, I decided to pick up some tomatillos.  I’ve always seen them in the store but I had never tried them or considered buying them. Since this was a new ingredient to me, I decided to keep it super simple and make salsa verde. Now, I know this recipe is not super exciting or in the least bit original but it is a great “intro” or “beginner” dish. Not only is it simple but because the recipe doesn’t call for much manipulation of the tomatillos you are able to get a good sense of what they actually taste like.

If tomatillos are a new ingredient to you or if you just want to make a super easy dish, then check out the recipe below. Also, I want to urge all of you to add something new to your life and to push yourself and to try something new. Maybe, like me, you can buy a new fruit or vegetable each time you go to the store or maybe just consider cooking a familiar recipe in a different way.

See you all in my next post!

~Samantha J.

Salsa Verde

10-12 tomatillos
1 shallot
6 clove of garlic
4 jalapenos
1/8 cup of water (up to)
vegetable oil

Remove husks from the tomatillos and wash.

Quarter the shallot

Coat all ingredients (tomatillos, shallot, garlic cloves, jalapeno) with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Roast ingredients for 15-25 minutes at 450 degrees or until ingredients become soft. Tomatillos should look slightly charred and start to become soft. Do not let the tomatillos burst. You want them to be juicy with you blend them with the other ingredients.

Once ingredients are soft, transfer them to a food processor and process until blended and somewhat smooth. Add water if the salsa is too thick.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.


If you want a less spicy salsa, remove the seeds from the jalapeno before you roast the pepper.

If you want a more spicy salsa, consider adding more jalapenos or add a little crushed red pepper flakes to the finished product.



Let’s Get Saucy

Hey There,

These last few days of my holiday vacation have been so great and productive. Not only did I get to shop, wake up late, watch the morning news shows and stay locked up in the house while the temperatures here in Virginia plummeted to the 20s,  but I got to work on the blog. Normally, during the work week finding time to cook, take pics, come up with recipes and create content is practically impossible, but over the past week, I have been able to take my time and get some things done! Go me! I feel really accomplished!

So, earlier this week, I tried my hand a making stir-fry sauce. I saw a post on Instagram for orange sauce and I was like, “I can make that!”. It looked easy enough so I decided to give it a go. I can’t remember what they used in their recipe but below are the ingredients that I used in mine. The sauce turned out so good, that I was inspired to try my hand at some other sauces. I was thinking about what other flavor combos would be good and  I came up with ginger, lemon, and garlic. I basically followed the same recipe formula as the orange sauce and just tweaked the ingredients. At first, the sauce was too lemony (is that a real word!??!) and the flavors were flat. All I could taste was the ginger and the overwhelming tang of the lemon but then, I decided to add some soy sauce and sugar. That really helped to round out the flavors and give it that savory taste. In the end, it worked out and I ended up with another stirfry sauce option.

This week, I plan on making a quick stir-fry with broccoli, peppers, noodles, and salmon and either one of these sauces will be tasty. I can’t wait to see how the whole meal turns out.

I’ll be sure to share the stir-fry meal with you all later this week and let you know how everyone liked it. In the meantime, be sure to leave a comment if you liked this recipe and let me know what some of your favorite homemade sauces are in the comment section. Also, consider signing up to receive notifications when new posts go live. I promise you won’t regret it!

Until next time,



                                                            Orange Sauce

1/8c honey                                                                                       1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger                                                    3/4c soy sauce

3 cloves of garlic (minced)                                                           2 tablespoons of green onions

1/3c light brown sugar                                                                 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

1/3c orange juice                                                                           1 tablespoon of water

1/2teaspoon turmeric


Combine soy sauce, ginger, turmeric, cumin in a saucepan over med/low heat.

Heat for 3-5 minutes

Add in minced garlic

Heat for 3 minutes

Add in the orange juice, honey and brown sugar. Feel free to adjust measurements according to taste.

In a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water until the cornstarch has been dissolved

Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce (while constantly stirring) and let cook for 1 minute. The sauce will begin to thicken. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool before transferring to the storage containers.

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                                                         Soy, Garlic and Lemon Sauce

1/2c ginger (minced)                                                                         2c soy sauce

1 1/2c water                                                                                        1/2c light brown sugar

3 cloves garlic                                                                                    1 tablespoon water

1 lemon (juiced)                                                                                1 tablespoon cornstarch


Combine water, garlic, and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.

Boil for 10 minutes to bring out the flavor or the garlic and ginger

Add lemon juice

Heat for 3 minutes

Stir in soy sauce and brown sugar and combine

In a separate bowl combine cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved.

Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce (stirring constantly) and heat for 1 minute. Remove the sauce from heat and allow to cool before transferring to storage containers.


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Spicy Mango Dressing

Hey Guys,

We’re now at the height of summer here in Virginia and it is hot, I mean blazing hot! Not to mention it is humid and muggy too! You know all winter long, I anxiously wait for summer to come so that I can break out my fancy summer shoes and dresses but as soon as the hot weather gets here, I start looking forward to the cooler days of early fall. I guess I’m just never satisfied.

Anyway although the weather has been hot, I have been really enjoying summer. Since I’ve started this blog this year, I’ve been more attentive to the summer fruits and vegetables and I’ve been working to incorporate them into my cooking. Whenever I go to the grocery store, I make a habit of walking around the produce section a couple of times and checking out what’s on sale for the week. This week, mangos were on sale so I grabbed a couple. I’m not a huge mango fan (I love the taste just not the consistency) but headed over to Pinterest to find a recipe that I could make with my perfectly ripe mangos. I ran across the recipe below for Spicy Mango Dressing pinned by The Café Sucre Farine. It looked colorful and easy to make so I decided to give it a try. The dressing turned out to be very tasty and flavorful. It was a little thicker than I would have liked so I opted to use it as a marinade over shrimp as opposed to a dressing. The spicy mango flavor paired nicely with the flavor of the shrimp and created a fresh summer dish. I bet this dressing/marinade would even taste great on chicken. If you do want to use this as a dressing and you would like a thinner consistency, I would suggest making the dressing according to the recipe and then gradually add in more oil until you achieve the ideal consistency.

There are quite a few more weeks left in summer and I am really looking forward to creating more dressings/marinades and other dishes from the seasonal produce. If you all have any suggests of fruits or vegetables that I should use to make dressing/marinades then leave a comment below and let me know. Also, tell me what your favorite dressing/marinade to make is.

Be sure to check out the recipe below!


~Samantha J.

Since this recipe is not my own, I have provided a link to the original recipe, here.