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RECIPE: Carrot Greens Pesto

Toss this pesto with pasta, loosen it up and use it as a dressing over root vegetables or simply spread it on crackers. For a coarser texture and “superior flavor,” Brandon Baltzley suggests using a mortar and pestle. MAKES ABOUT 11/2 CUPS Greens from 4 …

RECIPE: Mole Poblano

Serve this complex, spicy sauce over turkey or tamales. Use dried, not canned, chiles. Mulato, ancho and pasilla chiles are all readily available at Hispanic markets. Chipotle meco is less common, though still available; in a pinch, you can substitute the more common chipotle morita. …

Avocado Sauce

MAKES 3 CUPS 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted1 cup whole milk 1 cup water (more if necessary) ¼ cup chopped cilantro 1 fresh jalapeno or serrano chile, coarsely chopped, including seeds 1 very small garlic clove 1 teaspoon fine salt or 2 teaspoons   kosher …

Yogurt Vinaigrette

MAKES 2 CUPS 2 cups plain yogurt 3 tablespoons honey 2 lemons, juiced 1 teaspoon toasted, ground fennel 1 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin 1 tablespoon toasted, ground coriander 1 teaspoon chili flakes Kosher salt and fresh-cracked pepper Place yogurt through chili flakes in blender and …

Cherry-delicious barbeque sauce

MAKES 2-1/2 CUPS 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar Puree cherry pie filling in an electric …

Hot sauce for chicken wings

MAKES 6 SERVINGS ½ stick butter ¼ cup Louisiana Hot Sauce 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon favorite hot sauce (see note) Melt butter in saucepan. Add rest of ingredients and bring to a …

Poppy seed honey dressing

MAKES 3/4 CUP 1/4 cup honey 3 tablespoons cider vinegar or other fruit vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small shallot, peeled and halved 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon poppy seeds Salt and ground black pepper to taste Place honey, vinegar, oil, shallot, mustard, …

Creamy Italian dressing

MAKES 2-1/2 CUPS 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper …

Very easy tomato-cream sauce

MAKES 2-1/4 CUPS 2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes with their juice 3 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup whipping cream Salt to taste Cooked pasta 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Freshly chopped oregano (optional, to taste) Freshly chopped basil (optional, to taste) Reserving tomato juices from …