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Let's Get Saucy

January 24, 2014

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Time to sauce it up! Add a little flavor to your dishes with these sauce and condiment recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden-Fresh Cookbook! The best part is . . . they are healthy and use fresh ingredients!

Let’s Get Saucy

Peanut Sauce
A nutty complement to steamed vegetables, pasta, or grilled fish or chicken.

1 cup unsweetened, chunky peanut butter
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
8 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon hot chili oil (optional)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the cilantro, add 2 tablespoons of water, and blend until smooth. Remove from the blender and fold in the chopped cilantro. (If you process the cilantro, the sauce will turn an odd shade of green.) Makes about 2 cups.

Barbeque Sauce
Use as a marinade or for basting meats.

1½ cups maple syrup
2 tablespoons chili sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1½ tablespoons finely chopped onion
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ tablespoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dry mustard

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and whisk vigorously. Makes 1¾ cups.

Curry Mayonnaise

1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
dash of freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar, divided
1 cup oil, divided
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon each minced fresh  parsley, chives, and scallions

In a blender, combine the egg, salt, dry mustard, pepper, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, ¼ cup of oil, curry, parsley, chives, and scallions. Blend on high. Slowly pour in ¾ cup of oil and blend until thick. Add 1 teaspoon more lemon juice and blend again. Makes 1¼ cups.

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