What’s For Dinner? Something New!

Changing a sauce or marinade in a menu can make your old stand bys taste fresh and new.

If you have children you know the question that comes every afternoon: “What’s for dinner?”  Then “Oh, that AGAIN?”

Without having to change your routine too much you can add new flavors to your menus just by using a different sauce or marinade. Here are 4 recipes that can be used with lots of different foods to shake up your taste buds.


Smoked Paprika and Garlic Marinade

Use on shrimp, chicken or vegetables before roasting or sauteing. Drizzle over a steak just before it comes off the grill.

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

1 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika

3 dashes hot sauce (I use The Shack’s Sorghum Hot Sauce)

1/2 tsp coarse salt, such as JQ Dickinson’s heirloom finishing salt

2 tsp Sherry vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients. Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 1 week in an airtight container


Black Raspberry Vinaigrette

Delicious on greens with goat cheese and pecans. Also a great marinade for chicken or duck. Drizzle over lamb chops

1/4 cup black raspberry jam (I used WV Fruit and Berry seedless black raspberry jam)

2 tsp finely chopped shallot

3 Tbs white wine vinegar

pinch of salt

pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1.2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 cup olive oil

Whisk all ingredients, except olive oil, in a bowl. While mixing drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify.

Store in the refrigerator for 3 weeks in an airtight container.


Balsamic Soy Glaze

Toss on wings, drizzle on steak, tofu or chicken. Coat roasted vegetables before serving.

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce (I used Lindera Farms Applewood soy sauce)

2 tsp sugar

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer gently for 10-12 minutes until mixture is reduced to about 1/3 cup.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months in an airtight container.


Remoulade Sauce

This is a great sauce to keep in the frig in the summer. It is delicious on shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, sauteed fish, or as a vegetable dip. Slather on a turkey sandwich.

3/4 mayonnaise

4 tsp wholegrain mustard (I used Crooked Condiments Oatmeal Porter Mustard)

1 tsp cider vinegar

1/4 tsp hot sauce (I used Woodberry Pantry Snake Oil Sauce)

2 TBS of finely chopped capers or dill pickles (I used Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon Garlic Dill Pickle Chips)

1 TBS finely chopped Italian parsley

1 TBS finely chopped canned roasted red pepper, or chopped pimentos

1 scallion, thinly sliced

salt and black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients well. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.




  1. What is the sodium content of YOUR salt?

    1. Hi Richard
      Our sodium chloride content is 94%, with 6% trace minerals (3% calcium, 1% magnesium, 1% potassium, 1% 20+ other minerals)
      Hope that helps!

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