Category Archives: Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

Once a year, I visit my brother John, who lives in the central coast of California. His house sits way up on a hill and overlooks the little town of Cambria. It is absolutely beautiful, but a long way to town on winding pot-holed roads. As a result, John has become quite self-sufficient. He grows his own herbs and has a repertoire of “gourmet” meals that he prepares for his numerous guests. The following recipe was prepared for him by an Argentinian friend, and now is a staple both in his house and in mine. I make a double batch and store it in the fridge in an old ketchup squeeze bottle. Anything that I find just a little bland, gets a squirt of Chimichurri. It is great with steak, chicken, and even tuna fish sandwiches. It will last in the fridge for up to 10 days, though we usually finish it all by day 5. The flavors need to meld together, so make it ahead and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

Chimichurri Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine Other
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 483 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup parsley, fresh rinsed
  • 1 cup cilantro, fresh rinsed
  • 2 tsp organic oregano dried
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp organic granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp organic red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine everything but the olive oil together in a food processor, and pulse.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil in to the mixture while it is blending.
  3. Serve with beef, chicken, or fish.

Recipe Notes

Spiced Cranberry Relish with Port

A few weeks ago, I stopped in the Little Raven Vinyards Wine Shop to pick up a bottle of wine for a friends birthday dinner.  It was my first visit, but definitely will not be my last. The unpretentious wisdom of their in-house sommelier makes exploring their diverse collection of undiscovered wines fun and educational. If your a local, give them a visit at 1590 Little Raven, near commons park. If you aren’t local, you can still share their wisdom by signing up for “The Grape Vine”, their weekly e-newsletter. It’s filled with great recipes and information on wine and food pairings. The recipe below was in this weeks newsletter—just in “thyme” for Thanksgiving dinner.

Spiced Cranberry Relish with Port

Course Sauce, Side
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 orange peel and juice
  • 1 lemon peel and juice
  • 3 cups ruby port*
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries washed
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 oz ginger, fresh peeled and minced
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp organic ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon or
  • 1/2 tsp organic apple pie spice blend
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur

Instructions

  1. Julienne the orange lemon peels. In a small saucepan, heat the juices and 1/2 cup of the port. Over medium-high heat, cook the peels until tender, about 10 minutes. Reserve.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, onion, 2 cups of the port, ginger, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Over medium-high heat, cook until the relish thickens, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup port, the orange liqueur, and the reserved orange and lemon peel mixture. Cool. Transfer to a serving bowl and refrigerate, covered until needed. This will keep up to one week, so it can be prepared ahead of time.
  3. Recipe adapted from
  4. Wolfgang Puck's Adventure in the Kitchen
  5. (New York: Random House), 1991.

Grilling Exhibition at the 8100 Mountainside Grill

The early evening breeze tempers the heat from the afternoon sun. The light shifts from bright to golden, and the mountainside glows greener than I ever remember—a reward for enduring all those days of pounding rain.

This spectacular mountain-scape serves as a backdrop for Pascal and Reese, our chefs for the evening – here to share their grilling secrets. Everything Pascal says is charming. His French accent and animated style entertain the eclectic group gathered on the patio.  Reese, the notable Chef de Cuisine, plays a perfect straight man to Pascal’s humor. Reese raises an eyebrow to one of Pascal’s comments and the guests respond with a giggle.

While we listen raptly to Pascal describe how to repair a “broken” Bernaise sauce, a local wine distributor circles among us pouring tasting glasses of excellent pairings for the trout and halibut that Reese is preparing.  [I failed to get the names of the wines, but I will update you as soon as I find out what they were]. As the glasses are filled and refilled we become more animated, begin chatting with one another and asking about seasonings and grilling techniques.

I am here to present our freshly ground organic spices and to learn how Pascal and Reese use them to create their marvelous meals. We have a small gift of spices for each of the guests and they respond enthusiastically; pleased to know they can order them on line;  amazed at the vibrancy of their flavors and aromas.

In one short class, we grilled halibut and prepared trout en papillote, Bernaise sauce, beurre blanc sauce, gribiche sauce, and my favorite, watermelon salsa. What a charming and educational evening.

Good news, there are more classes to come. Pascal and Reese are hosting three more grilling nights throughout the summer. So, if you are in Beaver Creek on July 25th, August 8th, or August 22nd, stop by the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt and enjoy the fruits of Pascal’s and Reese’s labor. The demonstration starts at 4:30. Be sure to come early to grab a seat under an umbrella near the grill. Sample their delectable morsels and sip expertly chosen wine pairings, while picking up great culinary tips in an idyllic setting.

Béarnaise Sauce

Last weekend, I attended a grilling demonstration at the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, CO.  Pascal and Reese, the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine for the restaurant, prepared this sauce. Béarnaise is one of my favorite sauces, and this one did not disappoint.

Béarnaise Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 oz butter clarified
  • 1 1/2 tsp organic tarragon
  • 1 1/2 tbsp shallots minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp organic ground black peppercorns to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine tarragon, shallots, white wine, and red wine vinegar in a pot and reduce.
  2. Whisk egg yolks in a stainless steel bowl over low heat until egg yolks start to cook and become frothy.
  3. Add one tablespoon of the wine reduction.
  4. When mixture is incorporated, slowly drizzle in warm clarified butter.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.

Beurre Blanc Sauce

Last weekend, I attended a grilling demonstration at the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill in the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, CO. Pascal and Reese, the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine for the restaurant, prepared this sauce to serve with grilled halibut. What a nice complement to fish. They will be holding 3 more grilling exhibitions throughout the summer (July 25th, August 8th, and August 15th). If you are in the Vail Valley, stop by and sample some delectable morsels with expertly chosen pairings while picking up great culinary tips in an idyllic setting. The demonstration starts at 4:30 on the patio.

Beurre Blanc Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 lb butter
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp organic ground black peppercorns to taste

Instructions

  1. Sweat shallots in 1 Tablespoon of butter over medium heat in a saute pan.
  2. Add wine and vinegar and reduce until almost dry.
  3. While mixture is reducing, cut remaining butter into small cubes.
  4. Slowly add butter (2 to 3 pieces at a time) while constantly moving the pan until all is incorporated.