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Sauces

It’s the sauce every time, right? These sauce recipes will add zip and extra flavor to your meats and vegetables. With easy, tasty sauces and dressings, you’ll always have that extra oomph for your recipes.

Try the Peach Bourbon Barbecue Sauce or the Lemon Vinaigrette, two of our family favorites!

French Salad Dressing (or Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette)

French Salad Dressing made the authentic French way with fresh lemon juice is so simple and easy you’ll never want bottled salad dressing again! Do you like creamy, fat-laden salad dressings? I used to love Thousand Island, but now I don’t eat salad with any creamy dressing—except occasionally a Caesar salad, but even then if …

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Comeback Sauce with a Kick

Comeback Sauce made a little spicier with hot sauce and cayenne–it’s the perfect easy dipping sauce for anything fried and even cut-up vegetables! Have y’all ever tried Comeback Sauce? It tastes a little bit like Remoulade sauce and Thousand Island dressing had a baby—flavorful but without a lot of heat and with a bit of sweetness. …

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Honey Mustard Sauce Recipe

This honey mustard sauce recipe comes together in about 2 minutes–just whisk together yellow mustard, honey, brown sugar, a little mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar. So easy and so delicious! What is it about honey mustard sauce that kids just love? My little grandson Luke occasionally likes a bite of chicken to go with his …

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Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Balsamic Vinaigrette made with fresh herbs and tangy Dijon mustard is lovely drizzled over green salads or grilled meats. We love this vinaigrette all year long and keep a jar in the fridge.  What’s your favorite salad dressing? When I was a kid, I loved Thousand Island dressing, French dressing (the orange kind that doesn’t …

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Mustard Cream Sauce with Chicken

Mustard Cream Sauce is a French pan sauce with a white wine and Dijon mustard base–it’s simple, classic, and delicious! Try it with chicken or pork–this sauce makes any dish extra special! Are you intimidated by French food? Most of it sounds so fancy with long lists of ingredients. And fattening! But this Mustard Cream …

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Apricot-Chili Glazed Fish

This apricot-chili glazed fish is tangy enough for adults but sweet enough to be kid-friendly. It’s super easy to make and great for a dinner party! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do, every year. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes not. This year I’ve stayed away from my traditional ones of eating better, exercising more, …

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How to Make Enchilada Sauce

Authentic Mexican enchilada sauce for beef or chicken enchiladas with a richer, more intense flavor than canned enchilada sauce. Last week I made beef enchiladas for a friend and for David and me. They quickly became one of our favorite meals thanks to this authentic Mexican enchilada sauce. Most recipes for homemade enchilada sauce start with …

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Raspberry Sauce

This easy raspberry sauce recipe combines fresh raspberries and blueberries to make a light, silky sauce that’s great over cheesecake, pound cake, or just plain ice cream! Raspberries and blueberries…a beautiful combination anytime. This raspberry sauce recipe comes from one of Ina Garten’s cookbooks, Barefoot Contessa: Family Style, which is one of my favorites and …

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How to Make Balsamic Reduction

Balsamic reduction from balsamic vinegar is easy to make and a great, low-calorie way to flavor fresh vegetables and grilled meats. I must be on a balsamic vinegar kick…the last post was Balsamic Roasted Chicken and now we have balsamic vinegar reduction. It’s just such a wonderful flavor enhancer, I can’t resist adding it to …

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Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

If you want to learn about Italian cooking, you need to start with Marcella Hazan’s collection, The Essentials of Italian Cooking. She is an Italian cook who started a cooking school in New York City in the 1960s, has written for the New York Times, is a James Beard award winning cookbook author and is beloved …

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Roasted Jalapeno Cilantro Pesto

You know something’s good when this is part of it…grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Add some roasted jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro and well, you’ve created something amazing. Jalapeño cilantro pesto can be used to enhance fish, chicken, pork or even just vegetables. I’ve made it a couple of times over the summer and we have …

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