Homemade Tartar Sauce

tartar sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

There’s nobody that likes my homemade tartar sauce better than my husband Dave.  We don’t eat fish as often as we should, and I’m trying to incorporate it into our menus on a more regular basis. When I serve fish, Dave thinks he has to have tartar sauce. He says he’s never been able to figure out why his mom didn’t make tartar sauce.  As a child, having tartar sauce with fish was a real treat, because she hardly ever purchased it.

I like tartar sauce, but I can do without, especially when I am watching caloric or carb intake. But since the man is my favorite in all the world, I spoil him.

Especially when this recipe is so easy, there’s no reason to not have your own homemade tartar sauce on hand. Three ingredients are all I use. Usually, I just dump and mix until it looks and tastes right, but I’ve measured this time so I can tell you how to do it.

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The Way to Make It

  1. Mayonaise – use your favorite brand
  2. Mustard – regular or the honey mustard
  3. Relish – store bought or your own. I use my home canned pickles; I put them into the blender and then drain them. You can add some of the liquid if you’d like.

Mix it together and taste. Then add more of one or another ingredient if you’d like. If you’re a fan of mustard, you might want to add some more. Same on the pickle. Just dump, mix, and add until it tastes right to you!

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Easy Peasy – Mixing and Storing

That’s all there is to it.

Mix up a big batch and store it in your refrigerator. (I keep mine in a reused peanut butter plastic jar. It’s easy to reach for and no guessing what’s inside.  This tartar sauce will keep for months.

Homemade Tartar Sauce
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Recipe type: Condiments
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 cup
 
Three ingredients are all you need to make your own homemade tartar sauce. Season and spice it up however you like it.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons pickle relish
Instructions
  1. Mix mayonnaise and mustard together
  2. Add relish
  3. Stir together
  4. Add other seasonings as desired

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Oven-baked Potato Medley

This oven-baked potato medley is delightful and delectable. Our daughter-in-law Katie fixed them a few weeks ago when she and Jason dropped in for a visit. Jason grilled the steak and she fixed the rest of the meal. Because they live near a Publix store, she was able to pick these up easily. [More information on obtaining these potatoes is below.]

Simple and easy, and oh so delicious!  The potato medley adds a variety of color and flavor to any meal. Rinse the potatoes (they have already been washed). If they’re larger than bite-sized, just cut them into smaller pieces. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, red pepper flakes and turmeric if you’d like.

Put into the oven and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes (or more, if you are fixing an entire bag).

 

Potato Medley
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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A delightful different potato combination that's easy to fix, especially since the potatoes are so small and do not need to be peeled.
Ingredients
  • Sunrise Medley OR Celebration Blend potatoes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes to taste
  • Olive oil to coat
Instructions
  1. Rinse potatoes
  2. Sprinkle potatoes with olive oil, then roll to coat
  3. Season with sea salt, pepper, and any the other listed seasonings
  4. Add any other seasonings you'd like
  5. PUt onto tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes, turning as needed

 

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The potatoes from Publix

potato medley

photo credit: LeeAnne from Publix

potato medley

photo credit: LeeAnne from Publix

The Celebration Blend Potatoes is a product packaged only for Publix stores. If you are fortunate enough to live close to a Publix, you can purchase them there.  If, however, you’re too far away, you can call their store in South Carolina that ships their produce. Here is the information: Publix Aprons Event Planning Team (LeeAnne). Phone: 803.407.5338. Desk Hours, 7 days a week 10:00am-7pm.150 Harbison Blvd.  Columbia SC 29212

The company that produces these potatoes for Publix is Tasteful Selections. You can learn about them here: www.tastefulselections.com. They package a similar product, called Sunrise Medley.  You can find these in Safeway, according to Tim. Their number: 800.678.2789. Ask to speak to Tim.

 

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Oven Baked Honey Chicken

honey chicken

Honey Chicken is a family favorite.  

This recipe for honey chicken was often the menu choice when our children were younger. When our kids were in elementary and middle school, we hosted their teachers yearly. Honey chicken was often chosen by the child who was honoring his/her teacher that evening with a home-cooked meal.

I grew up with this recipe, and it comes from Cooking with Cherry Glade, a cookbook from a Mennonite church in my home community. You need chicken and seasoned flour; the honey sauce includes honey, lemon juice, and butter.

Planning Ahead Saves Time

I often have a zip-lock bag in my freezer of the flour mixture; it’s easier than mixing it up each time I’m going to make the chicken. I always remove the skin from the chicken.  The recipe calls for a whole chicken, but I have used chicken breasts, thighs, leg quarters, drumsticks, or any combination of chicken.

Sometimes I skip the flour and just put the sauce on the chicken for the entire baking time. It really is better if you dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, but if you’re counting calories, you can skip it. Another way I’ve fixed this is a two-stage process.

I bake it the first 45 minutes. Then I place the honey sauce on top, refrigerate it, and finish baking it the following day. So there you have it. So many choices and ways to do this. No matter what pieces of chicken you choose, this recipe is bound to be a hit for you and your family!

Oven Baked Honey Chicken
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Recipe type: main chicken dish
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lb. chicken, cut up
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ lb. butter (I use less)
  • Sauce: ¼ cup EACH of melted butter, lemon juice, and honey
Instructions
  1. Mix flour and spices together. Dip chicken into this mixture
  2. Turn oven to 400 and put your baking pan with butter into the oven to melt the butter as the oven heats.
  3. Place pieces of chicken in pan, turning to coat.
  4. Bake uncovered, skin side down for 45 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken.
  6. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour it over the chicken.
  7. Bake 45 minutes longer.

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Oatmeal Cookies

 

oatmeal cookies

I pulled out this recipe a few weeks ago and made it (with the help of some foster kids living with us). I forgot how good these cookies are. It looks like I’ll be making these more often, for Dave comes in and grabs a half dozen every time he heads out the door.

It’s pretty simple. Beat your butter (or margarine) and sugars together, then add the eggs, one at a time. While all that is happening, put the dry ingredients into a large measuring bowl and then add the mixture. Finally, add raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, and/or coconut if you’d like.  I’m sure butterscotch chips or some other addition would work well also.

One of the things to consider is the type of oatmeal you use. The instant or one-minute oatmeal might use less flour in the recipe. As it is, you can test a cookie or two to see if you should add more flour. It’s better to take your time and get them right to start with than to wish you had added more flour in the beginning.

This recipe was clipped from a magazine over twenty years ago, and the credit goes to Renee Hawkley who has more kids than I do. She was one of my favorite writers in the Welcome Home! magazine that is no longer being printed.

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Oatmeal Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 dozen
 
These oatmeal cookies with raisins are fun to make and to eat! A simple recipe that can be put together in just a few minutes and enjoyed for hours.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shortening (I use butter)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (yes, you can decrease it)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (I use 1½-2)
  • 5-6 cups flour, divided
  • 6 cups oats
  • Add Optional: raisins, chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and/or coconut
Instructions
  1. Cream shortening and sugars together until light in color
  2. Add 4 eggs, one at a time. Mix well
  3. Add vanilla
  4. Mix together soda, salt, cinnamon, 3 cups flour, and oats
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
  6. Add raisins, chips, etc. as you desire
  7. Add more flour until the texture is right.
  8. (Bake 1-2 cookies to check texture and to eat one while you're waiting)
  9. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet
  10. Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes

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