In talking with people about healthy eating and the different camps people are in (paleo, vegan, vegetarian, etc), cheese is often the food that comes up as a nonnegotiable. Like that’s one of the major things they just won’t give up, think they can’t live without, or is blocking them from other healthier options….
Gift giving can be complicated these days, and I’m not the biggest fan of just giving a gift card and calling it a day. Over the years, I’ve realized that no matter how well you know someone, the gift of food is always appreciated….
Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce is easy to make from scratch and uses ingredients you can easily stock up in on already have on hand. The only thing I usually check for in my pantry is the 8 ounce can of tomato sauce….
Earlier this month, I was at the Patchwork Edible festival in Costa Mesa. Most of the time I was helping my good friends at Ticings with their booth, but towards the end of the day I walked around to see what else was there.
On that walk I met Mike, the owner of Savour This Sauce. He and his sister make great vegan, gluten-free, and fresh sauces that they’re starting to sell all around LA. I tried (then later bought) their Pistachio Mint Chutney, which I sampled on lettuce (rather than the same ol’ cracker).
I was really impressed with Mike’s passion for freshness, using the best ingredients possible, and also his bravery! He told me he and his sister had been making and selling the sauces for ten months. Ten months and they’re already in festivals, farmer’s markets, and brick and mortar shops. To me that takes bravery. Bravery to push yourself, to reach out to other people, to really hustle for what you believe in. I need some of that bravery.
His passion and great sauces inspired me to make a sauce of my own, which could be used for a lot of things. I slathered this Spicy Basil Sauce over some fish and broiled it, but you could mix it into your salad or vegetables, put it on top of eggs, pasta, other grains… the possibilities are endless.