recipes: sauce/staple

  • 2-Minute Hollandaise Sauce
    egg yolkwaterlemon juiceKosher saltbutterOptional: cayenne or hot sauce
  • Arrabbiata Sauce
    For parties and special occasions we'd veer away from the basic marinara sauce and do something different, like an arrabbiata sauce. This spicy version of the basic marinara sauce can add a lot of interest to pasta. (Arrabiata means angry in the case of a person, and in the case of a dog, mad.) We think that Dad liked to make the arrabbiata sauce just so he could ask Checka if she was arrabbiata. Of course, it's now Checka who wears the mantle of best arrabbiata sauce maker in the clan. olive oilgarlicsmall onionsmall hot pepperBasic Tomato Saucesaltfreshly ground black pepperItalian parsleyParmigiano-Reggiano
  • Basic Tomato Sauce
    The secret of our sauce is to let it cook its way to a depth of flavor possible only with meatballs simmering in the pot. If you can make some time to prepare our basic sauce ahead of time, even freezing it, it's amazing how you can turn a weekday into the real Italian thing. You can get the sauce started in a large pot while you make the meatballs. Grandmom liked to sauté her meatballs before placing them in the pot; Mom just put them right in without frying. tomatoestomato pastewatergarlic saltfreshly ground black pepperolive oilItalian seasoningpork bonesalt
  • Bissy Lou's Tikka Ma-Sauce-A (Masala)
    This sauce is velvety smooth and soul satisfying. I like to serve it over brown rice and roasted cauliflower or chicken. Olive oilCoconut oilGinger-Garlic PasteSerrano peppersTomato pasteGaram masalaPaprikaRoma tomatoesKosher saltWaterCoconut creamFresh cilantro
  • Butternut Squash Purée
    Butternut SquashCreamCooking LiquidSugarButterSalt
  • Checka's Alternative Recipe for a Quick Arrabbiata Sauce
    small onionolive oilBasic Tomato Saucehot sauceItalian seasoning
  • cherry tomatoes and garlic
    This is a really easy, versatile dish that we cook whenever we have cherry or grape tomatoes on hand. We found this in a Real Simple magazine years ago, and it was described as a sauce that you can spoon over fish or chicken. We have used it as prescribed but have also whipped it up as a quick side or even served it as a tapa with fluffy, buttered pita wedges that we dip into the sauce. Sometimes we even serve is as a cocktail snack. Leftovers can be tossed into an omelet the next day. This recipe has stayed with us through the years. We cooked it for our engagement photos and included this recipe as part of our wedding cookbook. Adapted from a 2007 issue of Real Simple magazine. olive oilgarliccherry tomatoesfresh thymesaltpepper
  • Cilantro Lime Cream
    This cream will bring Taco Tuesday to a new level! It's made with a cashew base and is so rich and creamy, you will never miss the sour cream. raw cashewslime juicewatercilantrogarlicsea salt
  • Coconut Curry Sauce
    Mix with 2 pounds of diced, cooked chicken, boil with diced vegetables, or serve simply over quinoa. coconut milkagave or honeycurry powdercumincinnamonsalt and pepper