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Condiments + Sauces + Dips

Slather, dip, dunk, repeat! We’re huge fans of sauces, spreads, and dips over here! It makes no difference to us whether it’s a French dessert coulis, Italian béchamel, perfect guacamole, or my Mom’s southern giblet gravy! We like to call them, meal-makers. Because a really great condiment or sauce can elevate almost any dish. From sweet to savory, thick to thin, and mild to spicy, you’ll find just a little bit of everything here.

a spoon full of homemade strawberry jam being taken out of the widemouth mason Ball jar

How to Make 30-Minute Homemade Strawberry Jam (Without Pectin)

This quick and easy homemade strawberry jam recipe (aka strawberry freezer jam) is delicious! It tastes as good slathered toast as it does drizzled over ice cream or cheesecake. And it’s what I use to make one of our all-time favorite strawberry desserts — Italian strawberry crostata (and little strawberry […]

shallow oval ramekin dish with hot golden brown bubbly spinach artichoke dip with a single artichoke heart in the middle.

Best Spinach Artichoke Dip (The Ultimate Hot & Creamy Party Dip)

This oven-baked easy spinach artichoke dip recipe is creamy, melty, and chock full of artichokes and spinach. It’s ready in about 35 minutes, making this the ultimate hot party dip that’s just as good for game night as it is for your holiday parties and Sunday suppers. Plus, you can […]

a heart-shaped white ceramic dish with black chickpea hummus covered in olive oil and surrounded by sautéed borretane onions, carrots, asparagus, olives, pickles, and sun-dried cherry tomatoes

Smooth Black Chickpea Hummus (a/Canned Italian Black Chickpeas)

Black Italian chickpeas from Puglia and black Japanese sesame paste are the base for this beautifully dark, smooth, and creamy hummus. It tastes just as good as regular hummus but is a bit more dramatic-looking. I created this recipe to close out our “Go Gray in May for Brain Cancer […]

How to Make Tacos al Pastor at Home

If you’ve ever eaten Tacos al Pastor shaved right off of a rotating trompo (vertical spit), then you know how delicious they are and this authentic recipe does not disappoint. Ok, so we’re not in Mexico City and this recipe will never taste as good as the original tacos from […]

a glass Weck tulip jar filled with strawberry blood orange sauce on a pink and gold vintage venetian wooden tray with the lime green mini cypress trees behind it

15-Minute Homemade Strawberry-Blood Orange Sauce

This easy homemade strawberry-blood orange sauce is a super tasty way to top all your favorite cheesecakes, pancakes, french toast, strawberry shortcake scones, and ice cream sundaes. Avoid buying storebought syrups or sauces which can be full of preservatives and loaded with sugar because all you need is fresh (or […]

classic italian tomato sauce

Simple and Velvety Italian Tomato Passata Sauce

This naturally (intensely) sweet tomato Passata Sauce recipe is in a word, delicious. We use it for making all kinds of toothsome pasta dishes and in some of our favorite lasagnas. You can use any type of jarred tomato purée for this recipe, but today (and for as long as […]

a ladle full of deep red tomato pasta sauce

How to Make Simple Classic Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta

If you need a quick and easy tomato sauce for pasta this recipe is the most essential (and delicious) of them all.  Made with basic pantry staples — a jar (or can) of high-quality San Marzano (or Mutti brand tomatoes), extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, and a little carrot, […]