Recipes for 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…]

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 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…]

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…]

How to Make Berry-Flavored Vinegar

Berry-Berry Vinegar captures the essence of summer, and is a welcome Christmas gift for family and friends. This colorful berry vinegar is great in salad dressings; it’s particularly delightful on a spinach [more…]

How to Make Blueberry-Citrus Syrup

Homemade blueberry-citrus syrup is an easy, inexpensive Christmas gift for friends and family. Pour the blueberry syrup into a nice jar and pair it with waffle mix, and you’ve given someone the makings [more…]

How to Make Basic Béchamel Sauce

Béchamel sauce and its variations go with all kinds of foods, including poached and grilled fish, chicken, veal, and vegetables. The thickness of béchamel sauce varies from dish to dish. Create a basic [more…]

Dairy-Free Spinach and Basil Pesto Sauce

This flavorful dairy-free sauce omits the parmesan cheese usually found in pesto and uses miso, a savory fermented soy product, and nutritional yeast instead. This sauce is great for pasta, spreading on [more…]

Dairy-Free Marinara Sauce

Take advantage of fresh Italian plum tomatoes in the summertime when you’re preparing this dairy free marinara sauce. Other times of the year, use canned Italian plum tomatoes-they’re still delicious and [more…]

Nondairy Tofu Sour Cream

To make this dairy-free substitute for sour cream, use a combination of lemon juice and tofu. This recipe can be used as a base in all your favorite dip recipes that call for sour cream, or add a dollop [more…]

Dairy-Free Alfredo Cream Sauce

In this dairy-free Alfredo sauce recipe, nondairy silken tofu (smooth soy product with a custard-like texture) and soy-based Parmesan cheese-flavored alternative replace the traditional cream and cheese [more…]


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