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CREAMY ITALIAN DRESSING

CREAMY ITALIAN DRESSING

MAKES 2 to 4 I was never happy when I found a sandwich in my packed lunch. But I always loved salads, especially with a major dose of creamy Italian dressing. When I was in grade school, my mom would put my lunchtime salad in a Tupperware, then pour just the right...

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SRI LANKAN CURRY SAUCE

SRI LANKAN CURRY SAUCE

SERVES 4 to 6 I’m a sucker for anything leopard print and any recipe that includes coconut, which sort of explains how this recipe came to be. Sri Lanka is home to the distinctively-spotted Sri Lankan leopard, as well as a traditional dish called “sambol,” a paste...

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MOROCCAN DIPPING SAUCE

MOROCCAN DIPPING SAUCE

MAKES ½ cup I’ve yet to encounter a vegetable or grilled meat that wasn’t improved by a little drizzle of olive oil and herbs. These two sauces come from opposite sides of the planet but share one lovely characteristic: they make already good food even better. And...

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BEST STIR-FRY SAUCE EVER

BEST STIR-FRY SAUCE EVER

MAKES 1/3 cup When I was a small-town kid, my parents would sometimes take my brother and me to a Chinese restaurant in the next town over. There were lush potted palms and a koi pond with a bridge in the middle of the restaurant. The big round table (“our table”) had...

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ITALIAN SAUSAGE SEASONING

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SEASONING

MAKES 1/3 cup Sausage shouldn’t be complicated: It’s essentially meat made magical with spices. But too many store-bought brands include sugar and other mystery ingredients. This sugar-free blend works well with ground pork, beef, turkey, and chicken and produces...

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RAS EL HANOUT

RAS EL HANOUT

MAKES 1/4 cup Ras el Hanout (sounds like rahss el HA-nooT) originated in North Africa thousands of years ago and can include up to 100 individual spices. Each vendor in the market declares his blend to be the best and holds his recipe as a closely-guarded secret. Some...

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SUNSHINE SAUCE

SUNSHINE SAUCE

MAKES 2/3 cup It didn’t seem like a big deal to me to give up peanuts until I remembered the decadent deliciousness that is peanut sauce. Veggies dipped in peanut sauce. Grilled chicken satay dipped in peanut sauce. Shredded beef is wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf...

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OLIVE OIL MAYO

OLIVE OIL MAYO

MAKES 1 ½ cups Lemony, light, silky, and luxurious, this mayo makes just about everything better. Indulge with a dollop of grilled meat, transform it into creamy salad dressing in a flash, or stir it into a can of tuna for instant salad. Mix up a batch every week in...

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STEAM-SAUTÉED VEGGIES

STEAM-SAUTÉED VEGGIES

SERVES a lot Most days, I eat vegetables for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. That’s in the neighborhood of six or seven cups of veggies every day. Oh, there’s so much chopping and cooking! So once a week, I turn into a Veg-O-Matic and make it my mission to clean...

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