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Creamless Creamy Herb Dressing

Published November 1, 2018.

A surprising ingredient quietly imparts the smooth richness of dairy or mayonnaise while letting the other ingredients shine.

Our Favorite Turkey Gravy

Published November 1, 2018.

Of course it had to taste great. But we also wanted a gravy that could be made in advance, didn't require drippings, and could accommodate dietary restrictions.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Published July 1, 2018.

Tomato flavor is fleeting—which is why we examined every part of the fruit and our cooking method until we'd engineered a sauce that was bright, sweet, and aromatic.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Published July 1, 2018.

We wanted a pourable, easily reheated sauce with a dark chocolate soul.

Sichuan Pantry Staples

Published March 6, 2018.

Here are four authentic ingredients that you can buy in Asian markets, online, and even in some American supermarkets. 

All-Purpose Caramel Sauce

Published March 1, 2018.

Whether you've been burned by caramel in the past or have questions to sort out before making your first batch, we're here to help.

Meatless "Meat" Sauce with Chickpeas and Mushrooms

Published May 1, 2017.

We wanted it quick. We wanted it easy. Most of all, we wanted it to be as hearty and satisfying as a meaty red sauce.

Classic Guacamole

Published May 1, 2017.

A perfectly seasoned dip isn’t just stirred together. You have to cut and paste.

Make-Ahead Vinaigrette

Published March 1, 2016.

What if you could make a vinaigrette that would stay emulsified and taste great for a week?

The Science of a Better Pan Sauce

Published January 1, 2015.

We decided to break all the rules in order to develop more fond, and better pan sauces.

Black Olive Tapenade

Published November 1, 2013.

After fine-tuning every element in this rich, lusty Provençal spread, we still hadn’t managed to tame its saltiness. Finally, we found inspiration across the border.

Rethinking Bean Dips

Published May 1, 2012.

For creamy, complex-tasting bean dips, we began by removing some of the beans.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Pesto for Cheese Ravioli

Published January 1, 2012.

Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner will be a washout.

Cranberry Chutney

Published November 1, 2011.

For a standout sauce, we needed to do more than just fine-tune the sweet-tart classic.

Pan-Seared Steaks with Herb Sauce

Published March 1, 2011.

Could we bring the ultra-rich flavor and glossy consistency of a classic French demi-glace to steak sauce without spending all day roasting bones and reducing stock?

Argentine Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

Published July 1, 2010.

With Argentine beef and a wood fire, cooking churrasco in the backyard would be easy. We were stuck with American supermarket steaks and a Weber kettle.

Foolproof Vinaigrette

Published September 1, 2009.

Basic vinaigrette has a fundamental problem: It doesn’t stay together. We sought a way to make oil and vinegar form a long-term bond.

Italian Meat Sauce (Sunday Gravy)

Published September 1, 2009.

This over-the-top Italian-American tomato sauce typically calls for six cuts of meat and a day at the stove. We wanted the same flavor with a lot less work.

Garlic Mayonnaise

Published July 1, 2009.

Intensely flavored garlic mayonnaise is a popular condiment in Spanish tapas bars, and the perfect sauce for our Spanish Tortilla.

Quick Tomato Sauce

Published May 1, 2009.

A quick tomato sauce that comes from a can but has plenty of fresh tomato flavor.

One-Minute Salsa

Published May 1, 2008.

Making a quick salsa turned out to be surprisingly easy. Our recipe uses a small number of fresh ingredients to get maximum results.

Simple Italian-Style Meat Sauce

Published March 1, 2008.

In this country, meat sauce usually means a hastily made dish with rubbery ground beef and no flavor. We wanted something simple but a lot better.

Tangerine and Ginger Relish

Published March 1, 2008.

This sauce is a great accompaniment to salmon. The trick is how you prepare the tangerine. Draining the sliced fruit is critical.

Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding

Published December 1, 2007.

Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding is a classic meal for any special occasion. Here are the secrets to making this dish worth the effort.

Making Turkey Gravy

Published November 1, 2007.

Creating the best turkey gravy takes some time and effort. Here we detail the steps necessary to create an unforgettable gravy that's worthy of a turkey dinner.

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