Summertime in McKinney means that I often close down the kitchen and head outside to grill. Whether grilling your favorite protein such as chicken or ribs, or grilling a batch of fresh vegetables from the Farmers Market, they all taste better with a little finishing sauce.

I have included my favorite homemade sauces and dry-rub, but if you want to make it even easier, head downtown to Loco Cowpoke at 206 E. Louisiana St. Owners Randy and Jeanine Abshier are more than happy to share their knowledge and lead you in the right direction. They carry hundreds of high-quality products, all made in Texas. Many are available to taste, so if you are a fan of spicy, vinegar, mustard or fruit-based sauces then head downtown and try them out.

Homemade Lemon Sauce

(good on vegetables and fish)

  ½ cup butter
  ¼ cup olive oil
  ¼ cup chopped shallots
  ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  2 cloves of minced garlic
  2 Tbsp. fresh chopped rosemary

Zest of one lemon Salt and pepper to taste Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Taste for salt and pepper. Cool before lightly coating raw vegetables or fish. Grill vegetables or fish and serve extra warmed sauce on the side. Makes approximately 1½ cups.


About the author: Debbie Denissen writes about food for McKinney Magazine.