A citrus-based dressing or dipping sauce that is common in Japanese food. Thin in consistency and brown in color, this substance is made by boiling mirin, rice vinegar, fish flakes, and seaweed over heat. The liquid is then strained and mixed with yuzu juice. Ponzu has a tart flavor and is used as a dressing for grilled meats and as a dip for vegetables and sashimi, among other things.
Since it's easy to prepare and so versatile, I cook pasta at least once a week. Lately, I've been experimenting with various sauces and pasta shapes to see how the factors make a difference in taste, so I gave La Famiglia DelGrosso a try.
I sampled three of eight different sauces, all of which have kitschy titles named after family members. My boyfriend thought Aunt Mary Ann's Sunday Marinara was "light on flavor," but I preferred it to its competitors. A Trader Joe's pomodoro sauce tasted sickly sweet in comparison. Uncle Joe's Vodka Celebration was my favorite of the bunch: the texture was creamy, but the sauce wasn't as light in color as most commercial vodka sauces, which often are too heavy on cream.
The sauce possessed a strong umami quality (incidentally, tomatoes contain high amounts of umami). Uncle Bo's Roasted Red Pepper Tour was made with — you guessed it — roasted red peppers, and it was my sweetie's favorite of the three because of its deep, smoky flavor.
Certainly no commercial variety can replace a homemade pasta sauce, but La Famiglia sauces work in a pinch. They are available at select Whole Foods and other grocers across the country. Have you tried any of the brand's flavors? What did you think of them?
I adore shrimp, especially in the Summer, but ordinary cocktail sauce doesn't always do it justice. New Orleans rémoulade, on the other hand, has a bold flavor that transforms simple boiled shrimp into an impressive standalone meal.
Most people are familiar with the French version of rémoulade, a mayonnaise-based sauce made with Dijon mustard and capers. But Louisiana rémoulade — used primarily as a shrimp topping — is made with olive oil, celery, green onions, shallots, and parsley. The reddish tint comes from the addition of paprika and cayenne, and this Cajun condiment with a slight Italian flavor is full of spice without being too spicy.
Rémoulade can be prepared in advance, so try making the condiment on Sunday night then boiling the shrimp for an easy but gourmet Monday night dinner. I even used the leftovers the next day to make a sandwich, so stay tuned for that tomorrow. To learn how to make this simple sauce for shrimp rémoulade, read more
A classic condiment used in French and Cajun cooking, rémoulade is a tangy, mayonnaise-based sauce made with Dijon mustard and capers. Other ingredients, including anchovies and tarragon, are often added as twists on the traditional recipe. Rémoulade sauce frequently accompanies seafood dishes such as pan-fried fish and salmon croquettes.
Though traditional rémoulade is a creamy yellow shade, Louisiana-style rémoulade is usually red in color, thanks to the addition of ketchup, paprika, or cayenne pepper. Cajun rémoulade also includes other additions like parsley, green onions, and Worcestershire sauce, and it's most commonly used as the key ingredient in shrimp rémoulade.
Although you may not think of canned tuna as a ingredient to use in pasta, I highly recommend you give it a try. Flavorful chunks of meaty packed-in-olive-oil tuna work best for this healthy, midweek meal. The greens and whole wheat pasta are lightly coated with a fragrant sauce before being topped with tuna. Fresh orange juice, spicy red pepper flakes, and delicious dijon mustard pack the sauce with punch. To get this rewarding recipe, read more
A few weeks ago, my sister and I found ourselves at a Buffalo Wild Wings — how had I never heard of this chain before? — contemplating their multitude of bbq sauces. They have 14 different kinds to choose from and eventually we settled on Mango Habanero (which was absolutely delicious) and Spicy Garlic. Which flavor would you have chosen?
Note: They're listed from least spicy to most.
Berries + Booze = Fantastic Dessert Topping.
I don't need a pocket calculator to tell me that equation is correct. This thick raspberry Baileys sauce can be eaten plain, on top of ice cream, pound cake, etc. Sounds delish!- Baking Bites
It's a spicy sauce served with pasta, generally made with black olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions, and anchovies all cooked in olive oil.
The name puttanesca is actually a derivation of the Italian word puttana, which means (are you ready for this?) "whore." Yep everyone, when you order your favorite spicy dish of Spaghetti all Puttanesca, you're actually ordering "Whore's spaghetti." The reason why it's called that is highly debated, however one version says it's a reference to the sauce's hot, spicy flavor and smell, another says it's from the fact that it was a quick cheap meal prostitutes could prepare between customers. Either way, it's a pretty interesting name. Who knew?!