Down Home, Real Food Chili Sauce

Do you remember concession stand chili cheese nachos? Mmmmmm….

I’ve created a {healthy} version of concession stand chili sauce, so you can have chili cheese fries, nachos, and dogs any time you like!

This is a chili sauce you can feel absolutely no guilt about when you ladle it on your French fries — which I hope you fry in tallow and top with raw cheddar! This is a chili sauce you can cover your grass-fed hot dog with. This is a chili sauce that will take you back to the concession stand.

Fermented Tex-Mex Salsa

The summer I was 12, my mom handed me a can of tomatoes, an onion, cilantro, lime, and a jalepeno from our garden and told me to make salsa. This was the first time I had ever created something without a recipe. It was all about adding ingredients, blending, tasting, and adjusting. Sometimes I needed two or three jalepenos to get the heat level my family loved — HOT. Other times, half a pepper in an entire batch would set our mouths on fire.

I’ve spent the last two decades perfecting my salsa recipe, and several years ago, I began lacto-fermenting it. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but I’ve had many people tell me this salsa is the best they’ve ever had. It’s my most-requested recipe and the one I’m asked to bring to every family and friend get-together. My brothers-in-law even expect it at Thanksgiving! I really think the 12 to 24 hours the salsa sits fermenting on the counter kicks it up a notch and allows the flavors to develop and mingle with each other. I like knowing that I’m giving every party and holiday a good dose of healthy bacteria. 😉

For the complete recipe, head over to Traditional Cooking School!

Caesar Dressing with No Icky Ingredients

I’m not a big salad eater, but I absolutely love Caesar salad. Let’s be honest here — taste wise, lettuce is not that awesome. It’s fresh and green and it sure it good for us, but it doesn’t rank up there with, oh, I don’t know … bacon…

I mostly eat lettuce because it is the perfect vehicle for homemade croutons, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and THIS dressing. This Caesar dressing is full of healthy, traditional fats: pastured egg yolks and extra virgin olive oil.