Radishes Butter and Sea Salt – Simple Summer Snacks

Radish Butter and sea Salt

Radishes, butter, and sea salt; it doesn’t get any easier or tastier than that! This simple summer snack is best paired with a crisp white or light bodied rosé wine. When making this classic dish it’s imperative to use the best butter you can find.

I used Kerrygold, a pure Irish butter, but there are many other high quality butters to choose from. Check your local market for butter that are rated AA or higher, these butters contain higher amount of sweet cream, giving them a sweeter flavor as well as, a creamier texture. 


Soak radishes is cold water and rinse well to dislodge sand and dirt particles.

Cut the radishes in half leaving the greens attached to create a lovely presentation.

Serve with a variety of sea salts. I used Maldon sea salt, Himalayan Pink Salt with Blood Orange and Black Sea Salt. The slightly different flavor profile of the individual salts lend nuance to the eating experience. 

The simple combination is superb; a delightful, simple, summer snack. 

Radish Butter and Sea Salt


Mứt Tắc Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Mứt Tắc (Candied Kumquats) Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Mứt Tắc (Candied Kumquats), are commonly made during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year; lending their sweetness and bright happy color, their flower shape symbolize good luck and prosperity. 

Parting from the New Years tradition, I decided to make this delightful recipe just a few weeks ago. The kumquat harvest in California was so bountiful this year, I  put up 20 jars of kumquat jelly, and still had enough fruit to make the tiny morsels. Served with a hot cup of tea, they’re packed with a delicious sweet, citrus flavor, and offer up a big dose of vitamin C in every bite. Their tart, citrus flavor also lends itself to more savory dishes featuring pork, and duck as well as, their syrupy juice, to flavor cocktails, and tossed into salads as a chewy, sweet bite. 

I’ve adapted the Mứt Tắc (Candied Kumquats) recipe from two sources, Spices of Life  and The Kitchen. Both recipes are time-consuming but The Kitchen uses fewer steps in their version. I’ve followed the pickling steps from Spices of Life, as I’m familiar with preserving with Mrs. Wages Pickling Lime, and it’s the more traditional method of preparation; the result is well worth the effort. 

Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Kumquat are native to South-Eastern China but grown in many parts of the world. These varieties are most commonly grown for their fruit: Marumi kumquat, is known for its pleasant flavor and round. The Nagami kumquat (featured in this recipe) is more oval-shaped and the most common variety grown inside the United States. The Meiwa kumquat is round, and larger than the other varieties. Surprisingly, the skin is packed with sweetness, so eating the entire fruit is recommended. Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Mứt Tắc (Candied Kumquats) 
Yields 8
Vietnamese Candied Kumquats
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 9 cups kumquats
  2. 3 cups sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon pickling lime (Mrs. Wages)
  4. 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
  5. 12 cups water
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large colander, rinse kumquats in cold water
  2. In another bowl combine 6 cups water with 1 tablespoon Mrs Wages Pickling Lime
  3. Place kumquats in a large pickle jug or bowl, pour pickling lime liquid over fruit and toss with a large spoon, cover and rest at room temperature for up to 4 hours or overnight
  4. Scoop whole fruit out from the pickling liquid into colander, and rinse in cold water
  5. Using a sharp pairing knife, slice 6-8 eyelets into the sides of kumquats making sure to leave the top and bottom of fruit intake.
  6. Remove as many seeds as possible by gently squeezing the cut fruit, a toothpick or sharp object is useful when trying to fish out the seeds however, don't' worry if you don't get all the seeds out, they will loosen up during the cooking process.
  7. Add salt to leftover pickling liquid, stir to combine
  8. Return cut fruit to the pickling liquid, add more water to cover fruit, cover with plastic wrap and rest overnight at room temperature
  1. Remove fruit from pickling liquid, and discard liquid, gently toss fruit under cold water and rinse for 3-5 minutes
  2. In a large stock pot combine sugar, bottled lemon juice and fruit, heat to medium high, stirring until sugar dissolves, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook until liquid is almost absorbed, takes 45 - 50 minutes.
  4. Remove individual fruit to a parchment lined cookie sheet, press the tops of the fruit with your finger until they resemble a flower shape, allow them to rest and air dry for up to 24 hours
  5. Keep fruit in canning jars or covered container for up to 3 months in the refrigerator
  1. Syrup can be pour over fruit and stored in jars to create a softer version.
Adapted from The Spices of Life
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Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

Kumquats, Preserved Kumquats, Vietnamese Candied Kumquats,

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Radish and Herb Butter Sandwiches

Radish Sandwiches with Herb Butter


Radish and herb butter sandwiches are not just delightful to eat, they also serve as a trigger food for memories of my childhood. Today’s recipe is homage to my mom who introduced me to cultivating radishes and then making them into a scrumptious lunch. There are just too many great radish eating moments to share; suffice to say, they were all yummy! 

Radish and herb butter sandwiches make an easy appetizer, and are beautiful when plated; perfect for Sunday tea with friends, or simply enjoyed for lunch. Serve with a light and fruity white wine.

Stay tuned for more yummy radish recipes. 


Radish and Herb Butter Sandwiches
Yields 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 loaf multigrain bread cut thinly into slices
  2. 1 pound good butter (I used Kerrygold)
  3. 1 large bunch radishes
  4. 1 bunch fresh basil
  5. 1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley
  6. 1 small bunch fresh oregano
  7. Sea salt and pepper to taste
  1. Fill clean sink or large bowl with cold water and submerge radishes to loosen sand and dirt. Soak for 2-3 minutes, rinse in cold water and drain on a clean towel
  2. Set butter at room temperature for 5 minutes or until soft enough to blend with herbs
  3. Finely chop herbs
  4. In a medium bowl blend softened butter with herbs, salt and pepper to taste
  5. Slice bread thinly, spread one side of bread with 1-2 teaspoons of herb butter
  6. Slice radishes very thinly and place several slices over buttered bread, serve
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Radish and Herb Butter Sandwiches



Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Tarragon Lemon Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip #SaucyMamaStyle-Winner Announced!

Saucy Mama Prawns and Filet

Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Tarragon Lemon Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip #SaucyMamaStyle-Winner Announced! This is my last recipe installment for the 2015 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest. The winner of the Saucy Mama Recipe Contest was announced June 10, 2015 unfortunately, I didn’t get the Golden Ticket. :(

I have to admit, it was a difficult loss for me but I feel fortunate to have been chosen to compete in the first place. Thanks again, Barhyte Specialty Foods and Saucy Mama  for including me in the first 25 contenders.

Merry Graham from Merry Cooking won with the contest her delicious In-or-Out Ham and Cheese Melts.  Congratulations, Merry! You’re the sauciest mama! Best of luck to you at the 2015 World Food Championships. 

In-or-Out Ham and Cheese Melts
Photo and recipe by Merry Graham

As you can see from the photo above, I created Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Tarragon Lemon Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip, to go with the Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish Filet Mignon with Hot Raspberry Dressed Broccoli Rabe and Sugar Plum Tomato Sauté.

I originally planned to create a surf n turf meal for the competition however, each recipe was so delicious, not to mention, the recipe title was ridiculously long; I decided to let each recipe stand on its own. Sadly, I also forgot to include the product in the photo rendering both recipes unusable for the contest. UGH! One day I will learn! 

Creating recipes and competing in cooking contests is a love hate relationship for me. So much time, effort and money goes into each dish created and with that, so goes all of my heart.

A roller coaster ride of crazy ups and downs, begins the moment you’re chosen to compete. First, I’m ecstatic with energy, filled with anticipation as my mind races to put together something new and wonderful for the judges. It’s almost like a holiday when the mailman drops off the products the host company provides to create that perfect dish, and taste testing brings a whole new meaning to excitement, and the possibilities for a winning recipe. In the end, I’ve spent days if not weeks, creating, cooking and photographing the dishes, and then more time spent editing photos, writing, editing and rewriting the recipe post, and then rewriting it again. On the good days, it all flows like butter but on other days, you forget to put the product in your food shot and have to start all over again, or choose to move on to a new recipe. These are the days you aren’t sure you’ll make it, but you press on in hopes of winning the Golden Ticket. 

Then… we wait for the winner to be announced, and we all know there can only be one winner. 

On a side note: I’m blessed to have time during the day to devote to recipe creation and competitions, some of the competitors work full-time jobs and have to create recipes in their off hours.  We really love this or we wouldn’t do it, right?

Bacon Wrapped Prawns #SaucyMamaStyle

The good news: despite not winning the contest, I created some amazing new recipes which include this stunning meal. Made with    Tarragon Lemon Mustard, used to marinate the vegetables, and  Hatch Green Chili Mustard, used to marinate the bacon wrapped shrimp.

This recipe is a keeper and one you need to try because it’s off the chain! 

I’ve devoted an entire PAGE  to recipes. Click the PAGE link if you’d like to see my entry for the competition and my other Saucy Mama recipes. 

To the other 23 amazing home cooks that put just as much time and energy into your dishes, I send you my best. Again, Congratulations to Merry, you rocked it!! 

Bacon Wrapped Prawns with Tarragon Lemon Sweet Potato and Parsnips
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 6 large prawns
  2. 1 9 ounce jar Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard (divided)
  3. 1/2 pound bacon
  4. 1 9 ounce jar Saucy Mama Tarragon Lemon Mustard (divided)
  5. 3 large sweet potatoes
  6. 6 parsnip
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. salt and pepper to taste
For the Vegetables
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Wash and peel vegetables
  3. Cut vegetables into long strips, about 1/4 inch thickness
  4. In a medium mixing bowl combine, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 3 tablespoons Saucy Mama Tarragon Lemon Mustard, mix to combine. Chop tarragon and add to mixture, toss to coat vegetables
  5. Spray a grill pan with cooking oil
  6. Arrange vegetables on grill pan and cook at 425 F. for 15-20 minutes, turn every 5-6 minutes
  7. Bake until golden browned and grill marks appear on all sides
For the Prawns
  1. Peel the prawns and rinse, pat dry
  2. Season prawns lightly with salt and pepper
  3. Brush each prawn with Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard (about 1/2 teaspoon each)
  4. Remove bacon from package
  5. Wrap one piece of bacon around each prawn, brush each bacon wrapped prawn with Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard
  6. Using the same grill pan, arrange bacon wrapped prawns a few inches apart
  7. Cook in hot oven for 6 minutes on one side, turn prawns and cook additional 5-6 minutes on the other side or until bacon is crisp. To keep the prawns from over cooking a hand torch can be used to crisp the bacon after removed from oven
  1. Serve prawns with tarragon roasted vegetables and additional Hatch Green Chili Mustard
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Tarragon Lemon Mustard Roasted Sweet Potato and Parsnip

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Recipe Redress: Meringue Crepes an Interactive Dinner Party – Good Life Food & Events

Meringue Crepes

Meringue Crepes with Strawberries Foster/Flambe

Recipe Redress, Meringue Crepes and and Interactive Dinner Party: Today I’m sharing a little recipe redress after failing miserably to teach a group of women how to make meringue crepes, at an interactive dinner party a few weeks ago. My friend Valerie, the owner of Good Life Food & Events, asked me to assist her in the kitchen for this event and share my expertise in canning rose petal jelly, and finish the evening off by teaching the ladies how to make a stunning meringue crepe with strawberries foster flambe.

I had the recipe all worked out in my mind and felt confident in my skills so much so, I didn’t take the time to practice the recipe before helping with the event. My brilliant idea for this recipe was to make a vanilla bean meringue. My minds eye could imagined how lovely the meringue would be, dotted with vanilla bean flecks, all puffed and golden on the top, then drizzled with a sweet strawberries foster and finally, flamed to create and end of the evening wow factor.

As a recipe creator I spend hours going over ideas like this in my mind; some work out beautifully and others do not. Since Valerie was expecting great things from me, and these were her clients, I should have taken the time to make the recipe before committing to it heart and soul. Lesson learned!

What I didn’t consider in my imagination, was the cardinal rule for ALL meringues…NO OIL of any kind, or it will fail. It failed because vanilla bean has a ton of natural oil in the pod. Had I taken just a few seconds to flip through the pages of my cooking memory knowledge, I may have reconsidered the idea for “vanilla bean” meringue, but I didn’t. 

Sadly, what came out of the oven that night was a flat mess. I served crepes that were overcooked and tough, with a meringue that was flat like a pancake. What made the moment doubly embarrassing, was the final flaming of the strawberries foster. The special moment was not a spectacular one, it was more like a firework dud! We forgot to turn off the lights so the big finale, was a bust as well!

It’s not in my nature to let things go, and as a professional in a teaching environment such as this, I was mortified by my mistake. Afterwards, I knew exactly what had happened but it was too late to fix it; that’s what I get for being thick headed. Thankfully, the ladies were gracious and ate the dessert without a harsh word, even remarking kindly on the flavor. Valerie, was the consummate professional and most graciously understood that sh*# happens. Thank you my friend! 

So now, for all the ladies that attended the event, and for my friend Valerie, I’m recreating the dish with all the original components, and in the right context. I need to mention, it took me three tries to get it right in my kitchen during recreation. Next time I think we should make pie! 

Failed Crepe
My first attempt to recreate the recipe resembled what we served the night of the party. Overcooked, tough and flat. Back to the test kitchen for a second try…

Second Attempt Crepe w Souffle
I tried the second attempt using a souffle instead of meringue. It was prettier and tasted better than the first try however, the souffle died almost instantly after removing from the oven.

Meringue Crepe Perfection
The third attempt was the charm. I made a simple meringue filling, cooked at 350 degrees F. for 8 minutes. I love it when a recipe finally comes together.

Meringue Crepes with Strawberries Foster Flambe
Yields 12
The recipe for the crepes is attributed to Valerie from Good Life Food & Events
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 min
For the Crepes
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup flour
  5. 2 Tablespoon flour
  6. 1/2 vanilla bean split and scraped
For the Meringue
  1. 3 large eggs whites
  2. 1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  4. pinch salt
For the Strawberries Foster Flambe
  1. 2 cups strawberries
  2. 1 teaspoon butter
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. Zest of 1 lemon
  5. 1/2 vanilla bean split and scraped
  6. 1/4 cup Cointreau Liqueur (or brandy)
  7. 1/8 cup brazilian cachaca (or brandy)
  8. confectioner sugar for dusting
For the Crepes
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well
  2. Allow batter to rest for 30 minutes (batter can be made the night before and kept in the refrigerator)
  3. Place a 8 inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, spray pan with non-stick oil
  4. Place 1/4 cup of batter into center of hot pan, and swirl the batter to coat the pan, making a thin pancake
  5. When edged start to dry, lift edge gently with spatula and flip to other side and cook for one minute
  6. Repeat and stack crepes until batter is gone (crepes can be made ahead of time, wrapped in plastic and refrigerated)
For the Meringue
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. place rack in middle position
  2. In a very clean glass or metal bowl beat pinch salt and egg whites with hand mixer on medium high setting, until they just hold stiff peaks
  3. Add cream of tartar, continue beating for a few seconds to disperse
  4. Slowly add sugar and beat till hold stiff peaks
  5. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchments (if using parchment, spray with nonstick oil)
  6. Place crepes on baking sheet
  7. Divide meringue mixer evenly, spooning it over only one half of the crepe. Genlty fold the other half of the crepe over the filling to rest on top. Bake until filling is set, and slighlty browned about 8-12 minutes
  8. Top crepes with strawberries foster and dust with confectioners sugar
For the Strawberries Foster Flambe
  1. Using a drinking straw, poke the straw through the small end of the strawberry through to the other side, removing the green flowery stem. Wash and pat dry
  2. Slice strawberries in quarters, smaller berries can be cut in half
  3. Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter in one side of the pan, add the vanilla bean and whisk until thoroughly combined
  4. Pour strawberries over butter, keeping to one side of the pan
  5. In the other side of the pan, begin to melt the sugar (sugar will not totally melt, the idea is to get some of the sugar to caramelize)
  6. Toss the berries in the butter and vanilla bean mixture to coat while sugar is melting
  7. When sugar has slightly melted add lemon zest and combine all the ingredients together
  8. Cook stirring for about 1 minute
  9. Carefully add the liquor and ignite with stick lighter. Watch the flame until it subsides (remember to turn off the lights)
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Crepes Flambe

Despite the few mishaps, the evening was a great success.

Here’s a quick look at Valerie’s’ Menu and a few photos of the dishes the ladies learned to make and more information about Good Life Foods & Events

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Cucumber Gimlet


Rose Petal Jelly with La Tour Cheese & Crackers

Italian Stuffed Artichokes


Grilled Beet Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese, Almonds & Edible Flowers

Main Course

Asparagus Risotto

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Mahi Mahi

Lemony Sugar Snap Peas with Cucumber, Mint & Feta


Strawberries Foster with Crepes & Vanilla Bean Meringue (see the new recipe Meringue Crepes with Strawberries Foster Flambe)


 More information about Good Life Foods & Events:

Good Food…Good Friends…Good Times

Essential to a good life is gathering with friends and family
around a beautiful table filled with delicious food.  
Good Life Food & Events can help you enjoy all the special occasions in your life.  With fabulous food, years of 
event planning experience, and personalized service, you are assured only the best!

Catering & Event Planning
Interactive Dinner Parties
Private Cooking Lessons

(925) 451-9176

My mission is to deliver exceptional cuisine and outstanding service
so my clients can experience “Good Food…Good Friends…Good Times.”
~ Chef Valerie

Meringue Crepes with Strawberries Foster/Flambe



Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish Filet Mignon with Hot Raspberry Dressed Broccoli Rabe and Sugar Plum Tomato Sauté

SM FiletMi

After taste testing the individual mustards and sauces Barhyte’s Speciality Foods sent me to use for their World Food Championship qualifying recipe contest, I was inspired to make this dish: Creamy Horseradish Filet Mignon with Hot Raspberry Dressed Broccoli Rabe and Sugar Plum Tomato Saute`. A real mouthful for a recipe title and a tasty one to boot!

I was thrilled with the flavors and final result of the recipe however, I made a cardinal error when shooting my photos of the dish. As you may have already noticed, I forgot to place the Saucy Mama products used in the recipe when shooting the completed dish; making the recipe ineligible for the contest.

Feeling deflated and frustrated with myself, I had to consider my options. After all that work, the only way I could use this recipe as an entry in the competition, was to go back to the grocery and buy another set of ingredients, and get them cooked and re-photographed. Ugh! I knew that recreating the dish and setting up to photograph would take another full day away from other recipe creations. The real kicker, and final decision maker was the fact that, filet mignon is NOT cheap! I had to stop right there, I knew this recipe was not the “one” for the competition because, it was so expensive to recreate. 

The good news… I’m sharing the recipe because it is freaking delicious! A little more costly than your regular weeknight dinner but perfect for entertaining guests or your special someone. 

I’m picturing the Saucy Mama products I used in the recipe with links to their website. 

First up: Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish, used to make creamy horseradish compound butter
Filet Mignon with Horseradish Compound Butter Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish








Next Up: Saucy Mama Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, used to msautéake hot raspberry dressed broccoli rabe and sugar-plum tomato sauté

broccoli rabe


Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish Filet Mignon with Hot Raspberry Dressed Broccoli Rabe and Sugar Plum Tomato Saute
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 4 1 inch thick cut filet mignon
  2. 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  3. 2 cups sugar plum grape tomato
  4. 1 minced shallot (about 1 tablespoon)
  5. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup Saucy Mama Raspberry Vinaigrette
  7. 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  8. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  9. salt and pepper to taste
For the Compound Butter
  1. 1 tablespoon Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish sauce
  2. 1 sticks unsalted butter
For the Compound Butter
  1. Let 1 stick of butter rest at room temperature for 30 minutes, whisk with Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish until until smooth, cover and refrigerate until ready to use
For the Broccoli Rabe
  1. Rinse broccoli rabe and tomatoes in cold water, let drain on clean towel
  2. Roughly chop broccoli rabe
  3. Heat large nonstick or cast iron skillet over medium high heat
  4. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to hot pan
  5. Add shallots and tomatoes, blister tomatoes in shallot oil until very hot and skins begins to burst, add broccoli rabe, toss to combine and continue cooking over medium high for 3 - 5 minutes or just until broccoli begins to wilt, reduce heat to medium
  6. In a small bowl combine Saucy Mama Raspberry Vinaigrette and brown sugar, blend well to combine
  7. Pour vinaigrette over cooked broccoli rabe,
  8. Cook for 1 minutes tossing to coat, season with salt and pepper
For the Filet
  1. Season both sides of filet with sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, set aside
  2. Heat a heavy bottom or cast iron skillet over medium high heat
  3. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to pan, very shortly after add 2 tablespoons butter (adding butter to hot olive oil raises the smoke point of butter allowing for less buring over higher heat)
  4. Once the butter has stopped bubbling add the filets, cook one side for 6 minutes without turning, while the meat is cooking, braise meat by spooning hot butter over the top of each filet
  5. Add 1 more tablespoons butter to the pan, turn filets over and cook additional 4 minutes for medium cooked steaks
  6. Allow filets to rest 4-5 minutes prior to serving
  7. While steaks are resting, dollop a tablespoon of the cold compound butter onto each filet
  8. Serve with sauteed broccoli rabe
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Creating recipes for the Saucy Mama’s World Food Championship qualifier has been an incredible experience for me. The products are superb and lend themselves to a myriad of different uses when combining flavors, creating new dishes.