One of the things I love about cooking is the mystery, how a handful of unrelated ingredients merge and create a new, wonderful thing. Oil + Vinegar = Vinaigrette. Cream + Melted Chocolate = Ganache. Flour + fat = roux. A roux is a thickener, equal amounts (give or take) of fat and flour whisked → Hungry for more?
Can we all take a moment to praise soup? Seriously, it just may be the perfect food. Think about it. It can warm up the coldest of dreary, winter days (Chicken & Dumplings). It can literally heal what ails you (Chicken Noodle Soup). Soup can help sharpen your cooking skills (French Onion Soup), transport you → Hungry for more?
The five mother sauces are the base sauces from which most other cooked sauces are made. By incorporating additional ingredients into the mother sauces, you can create numerous small or compound sauces. Let’s start at the beginning. What is a sauce? Sauces typically consist of a flavorful liquid and a thickener, an ingredient or → Hungry for more?