Sauces
Pesto

Pesto

This Italian basil and garlic sauce is one of the greatest delicacies of all time. It is most often used as a sauce for pasta, but my favorite way to savor it is to spread it on lightly toasted French bread and eat it as an appetizer. Traditionally it is pounded in a...

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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise can be mastered with a little effort and a good dose of knowledge. There are two methods to making mayonnaise: either beating it by hand or making it in the blender or food processor. The hand-beaten method produces a smoother, glossier mayonnaise....

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Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

This is my favorite tomato sauce, very garlicky and flavorful. Dried herbs work fine here and add to its ease. Use it on Neapolitan Pizza, or simply serve on spaghetti or linguine for a quick meal. MAKES ABOUT 3 CUPS Вј cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 28-ounce...

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Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette

MAKES: About 3/4 cup TIME: 5 minutes From here grow all other vinaigrettes. Use your instincts or any of the suggestions on the following pages to vary the basic recipe. My everyday dressing almost always includes a bit of mustard (see the second variation), which...

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Vegannaise

Vegannaise

MAKES: Almost 1 cup TIME: 10 minutes If you crave a vegan sandwich spread, salad dressing, or dip base, something you can use in place of traditional mayonnaise, you can stop buying commercially made substitutes now. In fact, you can whip this up in the time it takes...

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Traditional Pesto

Traditional Pesto

Pesto Genovese MAKES: About 1 cup TIME: 10 minutes The best pesto is made with a mortar and pestle. And in Genoa, where pesto originated it's properly called pesto Genovese, and everyone there will tell you not to even bother to try to make it elsewhere, because no...

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Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney

MAKES: About 21/2 cups TIME: 20 minutes I like almost any tomato-based condiment; the truth is that I'm an unapologetic ketchup lover. This one, from my friend the New York based chef Suvir Saran, is spicy, sweet, aromatic, chunky, and more interesting than most....

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The Simplest Yogurt Sauce

The Simplest Yogurt Sauce

MAKES: 1 cup TIME: 3 minutes You might not even think of this as sauce, but I swear, if you use it on grilled or roasted vegetables or as a dip, people will think you're a genius. Add a few drops of lemon juice if your yogurt isn't quite sour enough, which is...

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Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce

MAKES: About 1 cup TIME: 15 minutes Familiar and widely loved, teriyaki sauce is also fast and simple. You can slather it on broiled or deep-fried tofu, add it to stir-fried vegetables which in turn can be served over rice or noodles or use it as a ketchup replacement...

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Sweet Miso Glaze

Sweet Miso Glaze

MAKES: About 1/2 cup TIME: 10 minutes Miso works well as a basting sauce for grilling, broiling, or roasting vegetables or tofu. (I especially like this sauce made with red miso on mushrooms.) You can use any miso (see The Basics of Miso) for the base, but it's best...

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