Luscious Strawberries Alert!

Now I love Aldi’s, but I have never shopped at the very same Aldi’s twice on the same day to buy the very same thing I purchased just a few hours before! When I found a lb of luscious strawberries at only $1.29 per lb, I had to go back and get some more…..now I was on a mission! But it was past 5pm….I rushed in to the produce section to be shocked at seeing only a few boxes left….picked up 3 more and ran home, and began a new style of all-purpose strawberry sauce!

These strawberries were large, bright red, and just gorgeous, besides sweet and delicious. I rinsed and chopped them, and into a large pot they went, with two tablespoons of Swerve, one shot of Bullet bourbon, and the juice of one lemon.

I cooked them for about two hours and let the strawberries cool, before I poured the mix into a blender and returned it to the pot, so it could continue cooking until the liquid had a thicker consistency.  Then it was poured into a glass mason jar, sealed, and placed in the fridge.  I can’t wait to use this sauce this coming weekend…..will continue adventurizing with strawberries and report the next new “strawberry” concoction…..

I loved chopping the strawberries and laying them on a plate….they were so very pretty, bright red, and juicy, I couldn’t help but taste a few, as I continued chopping. It was apropos to think through how our amazing Creator created such diversity in the fruits and vegetables that we can consume! I am ever so grateful to have such a myriad of varieties to try, and cook with. It also brought to mind Psalm 139, which speaks how we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, each unique slice reminding me how they had some similarities but each was unique in its own special way, just like the way that God chose to create you and me. Together, we are part of this enormous melting pot of people from every corner of the earth.

Melting pot……that brought about thoughts of chocolate…melting chocolate and dipping strawberries……might just have to tweak that thought tomorrow and try elevating the flavors this weekend…..stay tuned!

Decadently Delicious Sriracha-Bourbon Sauce for Meatballs….or baked French Fries….or Eggplant….and just About Anything!

ImageWait till I tell you just how easy and simply absolutely lick-your-plate-deliciousness is my new Bourbon-Sriracha Absolutely Rocking Sauce for meatballs…and just anything else that you’d like a tomato based sauce with…..

1 cup of ketchup

1/4 cup bourbon….I used Jimmy Beam

1/4 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

I placed these three ingredients in a stovetop pot and allowed it to simmer for a good ten minutes, while I made simple meatballs, just seasoning them with grated red and jalapeno peppers, salt and a dash of pepper.

If you are using sriracha sauce for the first time, be very careful for “tasting” purposes.  This is a very hot sauce so a little bit goes a long way.

After transferring the meatballs to the simmering sauce, I started breading the eggplant and the tomato, chopped the potatoes and using extra virgin olive oil as a base, placed these vegetables to broil on high for approximately 4-5 minutes each side, sprinkling just a dash of kosher salt and pepper on top.

I just have to say that there was no way that I was going to just use ketchup on those baked fries….I used some of the Bourbon-Sriracha sauce on top of the baked fries, on top of the eggplant and with tomato….it is just so absolutely delicious that I could think of using this on just about anything, including meatloaf…and possibly a vegetable lasagna……yum…doesn’t that just sound amazing????

Stay tuned for the next recipe with leftover sauce!!! Could be a dessert……