Salsas and Sauces

Turkey Gravy

turkey gravy

It’s Thanksgiving time and that means horrible dry turkey that is only edible once slathered in turkey gravy! I kid. Your turkey doesn’t have to be dry; follow this butter-injected turkey recipe to see. But, dry turkey or delicious, having a gravy-boat-load (or several) of turkey gravy on the table is very necessary. Pour that…

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Bolognese Sauce


Bolognese Sauce Recipe Video (scroll down for printable recipe) An ex-boyfriend taught me about Bolognese. Until then, I guess I’d always just made “spaghetti sauce” like a regular person who is from Texas and whose only experience with Italian food is from Olive Garden. When I saw him mincing carrots and celery for our sauce,…

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Choripanes were invented in Argentina, but similar sandwiches are eaten in Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile. Choripán is a portmanteau of chorizo and pan — sausage and bread — but that’s not all there is to it! Chimichurri is what makes the sandwich famous. Chimichurri is a fresh salsa based on oil and vinegar and parsley, with various…

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How to Make Aioli

This aioli recipe is super simple, quick and fun. Especially simple and quick if you have a blender! It won’t keep as long (like, not forever) as store-bought mayonnaise and it has a more pronounced egg-y flavor than store-bought mayo, but it also has only 5 ingredients and you can alter it somewhat to suit…

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Cherry Chipotle Sauce

It’s only been, like, a MILLION years since I posted any “bonus” recipes on here that aren’t affiliated with a video recipe and this one doesn’t even count for that because you’ll see it in tomorrow’s Shrimp Corndog episode as a dipping sauce. But cut me some slack, please! We have a lot of irons…

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Creamy Hatch Chili Sauce

I’m not sure it’s possible to explain to you how delicious and also how hot this sauce is. It is so delicious that we have been putting it on ALL of our food the past few days. I’m talkin’ chicken tacos, carnitas, steamed broccoli, salmon patties, green beans, eggs, taco salad, tostones. Really, everything except…

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Learn To Cook: Easy Sauces

This is the second in a series of answer posts to reader-submitted questions. Some of these posts may be incorporated into the revised edition of the Learn to Cook book. “Sauces! I can get by making meat and veggies, but I have no idea how to throw together a quick sauce to jazz it up…

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Sweet Pickled Peaches (or Nectarines)

This is my great-grandmother Shaw’s recipe for sweet pickled peaches. I remember my mom making these from the tiny white peaches that grew around our house when I was growing up, even if she doesn’t remember that. So when my grandma (other side of the family) showed up with a 10-pound bag of not-quite-ripe nectarines…

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Basil Walnut Pesto

Here’s a basic pesto recipe for ya. I used the HUGE bunch of basil in my CSA box from Johnson’s Backyard Garden. I use walnuts because I fear a second experience with the dreaded Pine Mouth. Walnuts add the same creamy texture, I think. Pecans also work nicely. Pesto can be frozen, too, in case…

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