Category Archives: Sauces and Dressings

Chattie Sharpe

Amazing that one can use SO many Scotch bonnet peppers (Habanero) and jalapenos and it comes out sweet, mildly spicy and so tasty … a small bite on the end of the taste but it works.  I made 12 pints from this recipe and went through 1 1/2 jars the very next two meals.images-1

(Pepper Mash)
28 Habanero -seeded and chopped – Use Gloves!!
30 Jalapenos – seeded and chopped
1 large bunch Spring Onions – large chopped (Not Scallions) If unavailable substitute one small White Onion
1 small Yellow Onion – large chopped
6 Cloves Garlic
3 lrg Carrots – chopped

Put all chopped veggies into large stock pot cover with water, heat to a soft boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Using a large strainer strain water off cooked veggies/peppers (peppermash). Really – I think this is where the heat reduction happens and the flavor takes over. Return peppermash to stock pot and add the following:

1/2 C Key Lime Juice
1/2 T Canning Salt
2 C Sugar
3 C Cider Vinegar

Bring to soft boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

You can now make a sauce by using your blender and puree (Cream) mixture until smooth (Be careful when using a blender with hot stuff – vent well.)

or you can keep mixture in the relish form.

I use 1/2 pint jars. Fill jars, clean rims, seal and hot bath process for 20 minutes. Enjoy.

**** By the way … I tried some of this sauce with my teriyaki and it was awesome on a steak or a hamburger.

Chatalina Salad Dressing

My version of the classic Catalina Dressing. I like to zip it up… add a touch of cayenne.kathalina

1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Catsup
1/3 C Vinegar
1 T Onion – grated
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp paprika or cayenne pepper
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
2/3 C Oil

Combine all ingredients except oil in blender, blend well.
Slowly drizzle oil into blender while blender on med/high. Sauce should be thick.

I keep mine in a plastic squeeze bottle. Keeps for 4-6 wks in refrigerator (but it won’t last long. This is good on salads, sandwiches and more).

Makes 2 cups

Warm Bacon Dressing and Spinach Salad

I have never liked spinach until this recipe. Of course everything is great with Bacon.

I made this after Joe and I were first married, loved it, lost it and found it again 20 yrs later. I still love it.

8 ounces young spinach
4 large white mushrooms, sliced
3 ounces red onion (1 small), very thinly sliced
2 large eggs – Hard Boiled
6 pieces thick-sliced bacon, chopped
1/2 C Bean Sprouts *Optional

3 T Bacon Grease
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the stems from the spinach and wash, drain and pat dry thoroughly. Place into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Boil eggs, cool, remove and peel off the shell. Slice each egg into 8 pieces and set aside.

While the eggs are cooking, fry the bacon and remove to a paper towel to drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the rendered fat. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Transfer the fat to a small saucepan set over low heat and whisk in the red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard. Season with a small pinch each of kosher salt and black pepper.

Add the mushrooms and the sliced onion to the spinach and toss. Add the dressing and bacon and toss to combine. Season with pepper, as desired. (add Bean Sprouts*.) Serve immediately.


What to do with all those extra late season tomatoes ??? Make Salsa and can it up.

3 gal Tomato puree (food processor or grinder needed)
3 T Salt
3 T Black Pepper
6 Onions (ground – food processor or grinder needed)
18 Garlic Cloves (ground – food processor or grinder needed)
4 T Cumin
4 T Chili Pequin (Chili flakes)
8 Fresh Jalapeno (ground – food processor or grinder needed) can be omitted for mild salsa

Mix all together and simmer for 30 minutes. Jar salsa, remove air bubbles, clean and seal rims.
Hot bath for 30 minutes. Store in cool, dark, dry place.