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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What Are the Five Mother Sauces?

When it comes to classic French cooking, there are five basic sauces—the so-called "mother" sauces—that provide the foundation for most sauces we know today.

Pecan Scotch Compound Butter

You know how when you go to a fancy steakhouse and your steak comes with a sumptuous hunk of cold, creamy butter on it? And it's just starting to melt and mingle with the meat's perfectly charred crust to make a mouthwatering, on-the-spot sauce? Compound butter is like that, but better.

Orange Melba Sauce

This is my take on classic Melba sauce, that exquisite raspberry sauce that famed French chef Auguste Escoffier whipped up for his favorite opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. The original sauce is a heady mixture...

Spicy Guacamole

I'm totally guilty of having guacamole for dinner. Not the most well-balanced meal, I know, but I don't do it that often. (And hey, I do usually dip veggies and rice crackers in it, as well as chips!) When we're in a pinch and don't feel like cooking, chances are I'll grab a few avocados and go to town.

Homemade Garlic Mayonnaise (a.k.a. Aioli)

I have another confession to make. When I was a little mouse, one of my absolute favorite treats was a mayonnaise sandwich. Yep, you heard right. A big dollop of Hellmann's spread on a...

Garlic Scape Pesto from The Garlic Farm in West Granby

Recently, my mom and I took a little road trip around the countryside in Northern Connecticut. When we happened across The Garlic Farm in West Granby, we knew we had to pull in and...

Fresh Herb Compound Butter

Compound butter is a fabulous finishing touch. This is a quick and easy way to add a lot of extra flavor to steaks, chicken, fish, or even rice and pasta. What is compound butter? Compound butter...

Blackened Chicken Fingers with Lime-Infused Marmalade

Mmm, mmm, mmm. We love spicy food at The Mouse House. You know...the kind that makes your nose sweat just a wee bit? These chicken fingers are hot and spicy on the outside and juicy...

Lamb Loin Chops with Fresh Herbs & Cognac Butter Sauce

These are like little lamb T-bone steaks. They're on the more expensive side, but I snatch them up when I find them on sale. Our butcher has been breaking down a lot of lamb...

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate molasses has been popping up in more and more places the last few years. It's sweet and tangy and is a great way to boost flavor in everything from appetizers to baked...

Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts

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