TIP OF THE DAY: Mother Sauces Part 2, The Secondary Sauces

Turn plain tomato sauce into Creole sauce. Photo by Andrew Bossi | Wikimedia.   Earlier this week we introduced the five mother sauces, noting that each was the base for many other secondary sauces. Today, chef Johnny Gnall explains how the secondary sauces are made. Email Chef Johnny with questions or suggestions for other cooking…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Love Your Mother Sauces

What are the “mother sauces?” Today’s tip, from chef Johnny Gnall, explains them and sets you on the path to making each one. This article continues with part 2, the secondary sauces made from the mother sauces. If you have questions or suggestions for tips, contact JohnnyGnall@hotmail.com. When Georges Auguste Escoffier* laid the foundation for…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Thickeners For Soups, Stews & Sauces

Today is National Homemade Soup Day. Homemade soup is not only superior to prepared varieties; it enables you to add the freshest flavor with herbs and to minimize the often enormous sodium content of processed soups. If you want a thicker soup, there are different ways to thicken (that also are used for sauces and…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Make A Purée or Coulis

A slice of blueberry cheesecake with blueberry purée. Photo © Rohit Seth | Fotolia.   We asked Chef Johnny Gnall to discourse on purées—an easy way to add elegance to sweet or savory dishes. A purée is a terrific way to showcase a fruit or vegetable in a different way. This versatile sauce allows you…
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RECIPE: Mushroom Gravy

If you need a delicious gravy recipe, here’s one from THE NIBBLE’s consulting chef, Eric Dantis. It will add mushroomy goodness to the turkey and soak into the mashed potatoes and stuffing. Ingredients 1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed, stems removed and sliced about 1/8 of an inch thick 1 half onion, diced roughly…
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