Two spoons with homemade harissa on them on a cracked enamel surface.

Homemade Harissa

In the words of one of our recipe testers, “If this sauce is what Moroccan food is all about, then I’m all in.” Us, too.

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Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

Iceberg lettuce gets a serious upgrade with this creamy vinaigrette, a handful of herbs and red wine vinegar. Not only iceberg lettuce, you’ll slather it on everything.

Cheddar cheese sauce being ladled over a chili-topped burger.

Cheddar Cheese Sauce

So satiatingly superlative, this cheese sauce is going to whisper seductively to you to ladle it onto everything. And we do mean everything.

A bowl of homemade yellow mustard next to a wooden spoon filled with mustard seeds.

Homemade Yellow Mustard

Why make your own mustard? Because you can. And if that’s not reason enough, there’s no comparison between this and the store-bought stuff. Enough said.

A stone bowl of mint pesto with a knife on top on a metal sheet pan

Mint Pesto

A novel take on the classic. Mint leaves, Parmesan, lemon, garlic, and peanuts (yes, peanuts), are blitzed in a food processor. It’s great on lamb, chicken, salmon, and pasta.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Creamy, cool, herby, and tangy, this homemade ranch dressing is unspeakably better than the stuff in a bottle or (shudder) envelope. Slather, drizzle, dunk, and dip away.

A glass bowl filled with Sriracha mayonnaise and a typed label underneath.

Sriracha Mayonnaise

A simple dipping sauce, sandwich spread, and all around awesome something to slather, dunk, or otherwise devour with anything and everything.

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Ramp Butter

The stinky spring alliums known as ramps are an ephemeral specialty. Get them while you can and turn them into an (almost) everlasting compound butter.

A log of lemon horseradish butter with three slices cut from in on a piece of wax paper with a knife beside it.

Lemon Horseradish Butter

Slather, schmear, and otherwise anoint all manner of things with this nifty flavored butter. Mmmm. Butter.

Two glass jars of homemade chrain with a silver spoon lying beside them.

Homemade Chrain

What’s chrain, you ask? It’s a heck of a traditional condiment with a bite to it. And it’s coming to a holiday table near you.

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Homemade Old Bay Seasoning

An American classic, this indispensable spice blend brings a taste of the Eastern Shore to anything, anywhere, anytime.

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Bacon Jam

Maybe what the world needs is a single currency. Like jars of this sweet, rich, intense bacon jam that makes everything better.

An open Mason jar of adobo sauce with a spoon resting on the lid beside it.

Adobo Sauce

Best known as the earthy sauce bathing canned chipotle peppers, this Mexican staple is ridiculously versatile. And easy to make.

A jar of preserved lemons on a wooden board with lemon wedges and a few garlic cloves beside it.

Preserved Lemons

Perhaps the most iconic and indispensable ingredient in Moroccan cooking. And perhaps the easiest thing to make ever.

A glass bowl of vegan mayo with a whisk resting on the side and three chickpeas scattered beside the bowl.

Vegan Mayo with Aquafaba

Mayo made with the magic that is aquafaba. No more pouring the leftover liquid from canned beans down the drain.

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How to Make Maple Sugar

Making maple sugar at home isn’t difficult or tricky or fearsome. It’s actually crazy simple. And ridiculously tasty. And paleo-friendly.

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Mixed Citrus Marmalade

Made with oranges, mandarins, and limes, this lovely fruit jam is essentially citrus on a spoon. Simple to make. Tastes complex as heck.