Sauces & Condiments

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Nacho Cheese Sauce

This cheesy nacho cheese sauce can have as much zip as you want. Spoon some of the nacho cheese sauce over tortilla chips on a plate, and then top it with sliced scallions, sliced black olives, or pickled [more…]

How to Deglaze a Pan to Make a Sauce

Deglaze a pan by moistening and then scraping up the browned bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan. These deglazed browned bits are loaded with flavor. By deglazing the brown bits, you can transform [more…]

Identifying Basic Sauces for Cooking

You can find all kinds of sauces for food, but sauce serves one purpose: to enhance the dish it's served with. Think of a sauce as a primary liquid and flavored with ingredients and seasonings. For example [more…]

Marvelous Fajita Marinade

Use a zester or hand grater to get the orange and lemon peel that you need for this fajita marinade. You can use fajita marinade on beef, pork, or chicken to make a tasty Mexican meal. [more…]

Classic Pasta Sauces

Pasta sauces are as varied as pasta shapes, but the classic pasta sauces stand out. After you get to know the classic pasta sauces, you can begin experimenting with different ingredients. [more…]

Cooking Perfect Pasta Sauces

Pasta sauces come in many forms and flavors, from light to rich, creamy to tangy, and everything in between. Before you add a sauce to your pasta, check out these tips for making foolproof sauces: [more…]

Classic White Sauces

Most white sauces, in all their incarnations, are based on a roux (a flour-based paste). White sauces vary in what you add to the roux. The most common type of white sauce is a béchamel sauce [more…]

Crab Dip

This cold crab dip is quick and easy to prepare. Get out those gluten-free crackers and dive into this crabmeat dip at your next party! [more…]

Pesto Pasta

Pesto is best in the summertime when basil is fresh and you can make a batch of pesto from scratch. Pesto is a snap to make and will fill your kitchen — and maybe your whole house — with the wonderful [more…]

Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)

The grill’s unique ability to impart rich, smoky flavor gives this Middle Eastern eggplant dip, baba ghanoush, its very special taste. Baba ghanoush makes a tasty appetizer, served with grilled pita bread [more…]

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce, a yogurt-based Mediterranean specialty, has a thick consistency and is intensely garlicky. Don’t make your tzatziki sauce fat-free because it will get watery after standing for a few minutes [more…]

Lime-Ginger Marmalade

This combination of lime and ginger is very Hawaiian. Although you may think pairing lime and ginger in a marmalade sounds odd, give this marmalade recipe a try — it might just become one of your favorites [more…]

Thick and Rich Tomato Paste

This tomato paste recipe uses a lot of ripe tomatoes and produces a thick, rich paste. Roma tomatoes give the paste a wonderful flavor, but you can use any variety of tomato that you want. [more…]

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and sour sauce, a favorite at restaurants, has finally come to your own kitchen. And when you make the sweet and sour sauce yourself, you can control the sweet and sour flavors to the proportion [more…]

Brown Sauces

Basic brown sauce derives from the 19th-century espagnolesauce, whose major ingredient was Spanish ham. Most brown sauces are based on a reduced stock of beef or veal. So, brown sauce is usually a meat-based [more…]


Hummus is a smooth, creamy, and garlicky dip or spread that’s made primarily from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Hummus is enjoyed throughout the Middle East and typically is served in a shallow [more…]

Homemade Apple Butter

Apple butter is kind of a cross between a jam and homemade applesauce. The rich flavor and wonderful aroma of this apple butter can transform a plain piece of toast into something decadent. [more…]

Egg-Based Sauces

Egg-based sauces are (you guessed it!) based on eggs rather than on meat stock or butter and cream, although most egg-based sauces also contain butter, stock, and/or cream. Here are the two most common [more…]

Variations on Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Who wants to eat the same old salad dressing every day? Vinaigrette is a basic formula (essentially, just vinegar and olive oil) to which you can add many different ingredients to make a new and different [more…]

Creating Sauces in Your Blender

For making sauces in a hurry, the blender is an invaluable tool. You can make blender sauces literally in minutes — the blades rotate very quickly, binding [more…]

Pear Chutney

When pears are ripe, get busy making this flavorful pear chutney. This recipe for pear chutney calls for a spark of heat from cayenne pepper to balance the sweetness from golden raisins and brown sugar [more…]

Three Mushrooms with Basil in Rich Sauce

Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms! This simple dish — the name says it all — introduces you to three different mushrooms, each with its own distinct texture and flavor. Really, it’s all about [more…]

Dessert Sauces to Die For

Many dessert sauces are so easy that you can make them during TV commercials. Dessert sauces really add a touch of class to even the most basic desserts. Dessert sauces come in two general types, one based [more…]

How to Make Sweet Onion Marmalade

Onion marmalade? For Christmas? You bet. Gift recipients will love this delicious sweet and savory onion condiment that’s slowly cooked to release all the natural sweetness. Its flavor also gets some help [more…]

How to Make Grainy Apricot Mustard

Make a budget-friendly batch of Grainy Apricot Mustard for Christmas gifts — a welcome change from cookies and candies. Sweet dried apricots team up with mustard seeds to create this homemade mustard. [more…]


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