Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!

Recipes from 21st Century Simple Living for Your Strawberry Harvest Here at Casa Colleen, we love our strawberries. And nothing gives me more hope of the fresh season to come then biting into a huge strawberry and tasting that first burst of liquid sunshine on my tongue. To prepare your kitchen… Read more“Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!”

Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat

Homemade Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce (and Dehydrated Powder) My favorite hot sauce is Frank’s® RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce. There are just 5 ingredients—aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, water, salt, and garlic. I usually dehydrate my own cayenne peppers, but you can use fresh or dried if you wish. The wonderful taste… Read more“Frank’s® Hot Sauce Copycat”

Sweet Baby Ray’s® Original Barbecue Sauce Copycat

Almost as Easy as Opening Sweet Baby Ray’s Bottle! Today I got out pork spare ribs to cook for my son. Immediate problem…no barbecue sauce in the refrigerator….no homemade canned barbecue sauce left on the shelves. Yes, it was official…Casa Colleen was OUT OF BBQ Sauce…oh boy. Few things constitute… Read more“Sweet Baby Ray’s® Original Barbecue Sauce Copycat”

Subway™ Sweet Onion Sauce (Copycat)

Now Make This Famous Sauce at Home for Sandwiches, Salads, or as a Dipping Sauce It’s the sauce that makes Subway™ sandwiches stand out from one another. Don’t you agree? This sauce is the key ingredient in the Subway™ Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich, one of Subway’s biggest product rollouts…. Read more“Subway™ Sweet Onion Sauce (Copycat)”

French Salad Dressings

4 Recipe Variations from Classic to Spicy plus an Easy Ketchup Recipe to Make Your Own Sorry folks, your version of the ketchup-based “French Dressing” is not French at all! Interestingly, French dressing is a term originally used for an oil-and-vinegar-based salad dressing. But in the United States during the 1950s,… Read more“French Salad Dressings”

Use Condiments to Make Your Meals Great!

The Queen of All Foods is Your Key to Culinary Greatness While we all may speak different languages, live different lifestyles, and have different customs, there is one thing in all the places that I have visited that brings people together—FOOD. How we eat it, what we eat, and most… Read more“Use Condiments to Make Your Meals Great!”

Homemade Tahini (Sesame Paste)

So Easy to Make & MUCH Cheaper-Make Just What You Need WHEN You Need It Tahini is a paste, like peanut butter, made from sesame seeds, used often in Middle Eastern cuisine. AND it is so easy to make in 5-10 minutes (depending on your type of equipment), that it… Read more“Homemade Tahini (Sesame Paste)”

Over the Top! Hacks for Sauces & More

Enjoy Topping Your Food With Some of These Saucy Flavors! What takes a meal from being blah to great? Sauces, dressings, dips, spreads, gravies, and syrups—anything you can pour over your foods to add flavor, seasoning, and variety. Change up broccoli with a cheese sauce. Add country gravy to your breakfast… Read more“Over the Top! Hacks for Sauces & More”

Cucumber Powder & Recipes

~Use Your Abundant Cucumbers for Cucumber Powder in Dips, Sauces, Soups, & Personal Care Products~ What’s a person to do when the glut of cucumbers has reached epic proportions? When you have canned all the pickles and relish you can stand? Make cucumber powder! Greek Cucumber Dip (Tzatziki) Dry Seasoning Why… Read more“Cucumber Powder & Recipes”

Pesto Sauce — Have It Your Way

~~~Traditional Pesto—both fresh and dry mixes—with flavor variations!~~~ Originating in Genoa, the capital city of Liguria, Northern Italy, Pesto is a sauce traditionally consisting of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan cheese) and pecorino sardo (cheese made from sheep’s milk), all blended with olive oil. This… Read more“Pesto Sauce — Have It Your Way”