Cilantro Watermelon Salad with Fig Infused Dressing

1/2 of a watermelon, cut into 1″ or smaller pieces and seeds removed (seedless watermelons are easiest) 1 cup of Fig Infused White Balsamic Vinegar 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 1 Tsp Salt 1 bunch of minced cilantro leaves with stems removed.

Put the chopped watermelon in a bowl. Combine the vinegar, brown sugar, [...]

Homemade Mozzarella…


There is something primal and satisfying about making your own mozzarella. Maybe it’s the patience it requires as you sit and let your milk rest in a citric acid solution, knowing that the longer the curds sit, the more flavorful the cheese will become. Maybe it’s the satisfaction as you knead the cheese, [...]

…transformed into Burrata

If you’ve never tried Burrata, you’re in for an incredible culinary treat. In the Puglia region of Italy, EVERYTHING was used when making fresh mozzarella, including the leftover whey drained off the fresh ball. This attempt at frugality ultimately results in the ultimate in creamy cheese.

In order to get to Burrata, [...]

Canning Chemistry

How does sugar play a role in the canning process? – The amount of sugar used when preserving fruit makes a huge impact on the overall quality of the ultimate preserve. Assuming acid levels are high enough, sugar is one ingredient you can safely change without fear of food safety. Sugar content of the [...]

Secrets to a Great Vinaigrette

We discussed some of these principles today on Good Things Utah, but here are the secrets in detail.

One of the joys of knowing a few scientific principles surrounding cooking is the confidence to whip up a sweet concoction of flavors with minimal effort. For example, the vinaigrette. Most people tend to shy away [...]

Maple Bacon Vinaigrette

3 oz Bacon 1 minced shallot 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar 1 tbs brown sugar 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs maple syrup 1/4 cup bacon drippings 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Salt to taste

Pan fry bacon until crispy, remove bacon from pan and pour drippings into a heat safe measuring cup. [...]

Cocoa Nib Vinaigrette

1 finely minced shallot 1 cup of balsamic vinegar, reduced to 1/4th cup 2 Tbs Cocoa Nibs 1 Tbs Honey 1/4 cup rosemary/garlic infused olive oil (see recipe below) Salt to Taste.

Add shallot to a lightly oiled hot fry pan and cook till tender Add cooked shallot, balsamic vinegar reduction, cocoa nibs, and [...]

Garlic and Herb Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup lemon juice 1 garlic clove 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 Tbs chopped fresh oregano (or 1 Tsp dry) 1 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 Tsp dry) 1/4 – 1/2 cup expeller pressed peanut oil

Combine lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, oregano and rosemary in a food processor, run the processor until [...]

Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette

1 cup whole raspberries 1/4 cup raspberry infused vinegar 1 Tsp honey 1/4 cup sugar Juice from one lime 1/4 cup neutral flavored oil (like grape seed or canola oil) Salt to taste

Combine raspberries, vinegar, honey, sugar and lime juice in a blender/food processor. Mix until raspberries are pureed, and all ingredients are [...]