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.

A blue bowl filled with buttermilk ranch dressing with a spoon resting in it.

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.

A log of ramp butter on a wooden board with a few slices cut from it.

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.

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.