How-To Make Flavored Butter: Cinnamon Honey

This is so easy to do, but really says a lot to your guests about what kind of entertainer you are. Or maybe you are making it just for you and your Wifey or Hubby… That is okay too and she/he will really appreciate you going the extra mile. Shhh, you don’t have to tell them how easy it is.


  • ¼ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons good honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt


Combine the butter, honey, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Serve at room temperature.

Notes: Get creative and alter the recipe to make your own flavor. Try mixing raspberry jam or maybe Italian herbs and garlic. The possibilities are endless.

  • Source: Ina Garten
  • Total Time: 10min
  • Recipe Yields: ¾ cup

Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning


  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ – 2 teaspoon salt (you can adjust to your own preferences)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried celery seeds


  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Mix all of the spices in a small bowl until well mixed. You can taste test to made sure you have the desired amount of salt & sugar.
  2. If using as a seasoning for later use, store in the an air tight container.
  3. For making into salad dressing, mix together the dry seasoning with ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of water, and ½ cup olive oil (you can substitute canola oil for olive oil). To make this really easy, add all of the ingredients into your salad dressing bottle & shake until well mixed.

Notes: I did not have any parsley flakes on hand, but the seasoning tasted just fine without. I will add them once I pick them up from the store.

  • Recipe Yields: About 4 ounces of seasoning

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos Green Sauce


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • ½ cup half & half or cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 1 Poblano pepper washed remove stem and seeds and cut into chunks


Put all the ingredients into your food processor and let her rip till the consistency is creamy and the cilantro and the Poblano pepper is very fine.

Notes: Seasoning will most likely have to be adjusted… May be a little heavy on the lime. Tastes delowcious on Fish Tacos!

Chocolate Ganache


  • 8 ounces good semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules


Cook the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally.

  • Source: Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: 5min
  • Cook Time: 5min
  • Total Time: 10min
  • Recipe Yields: ½ cup

Fresh Pesto


  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup pignolis (pine nuts)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9 cloves)
  • 5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups good olive oil
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan


Place the walnuts, pignolis, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds. Add the basil leaves, salt, and pepper. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the bowl through the feed tube and process until the pesto is thoroughly pureed. Add the Parmesan and puree for a minute. Serve, or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

  • Source: Ina Garten
  • Prep Time: 10min
  • Total Time: 10min
  • Recipe Yields: 4 cups