Category: Perspectives

Challenge Basket #1

ingredients

Shake and I love watching competition cooking shows. Shows like Knife Fight and Top Chef take us 3 hours to watch because we’re always pausing it and discussing the food and chefs and Padma’s outfits. I find the shows really inspiring-if two chefs can…

Simple Gravy

gravy

I make gravy all the time, sometimes with more success than others. This particular attempt turned out quite well, and kept in the fridge for several days, so it seemed right to share it with you-not to mention it only took about 15 minutes,…

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise is one of the five French master sauces, and it is really satisfying to make (and eat!) Keep practicing and you’ll be able to whip this up in less than 10 minutes-your eggs and vegetables will thank you. Set up a double boiler,…

Cheesesteak Sandwich Party

Last summer I threw a weekend party for about 20 people at my house. We made cheesesteak sandwiches, and everybody said they were the best cheesesteaks ever. The secret-I made my guests assemble their own sandwiches from an array of options, and consequentially provided…

Annual Sportsball Party Planning

Every year about this time, people gather together to eat unhealthy finger foods and scream at their televisions, a tradition I happily facilitate. My team is out of the event-that-shall-not-be-named this year, but that never stops me from throwing a party. Whether you’ll be…

The Art of the Cheese Plate

Cheese plates are sophisticated and crowd pleasing, and even the most culinary challenged individuals can easily succeed with a little preparation. The most important part of this endeavor is obviously the cheese itself, and if you can manage to pick out at least a…

Sesame Chili Tofu

Tofu is terribly underrated. Usually categorized as a vegetarian food, tofu is a beautifully adaptable and versatile foundation for many dishes, vegetarian or not. The deep fried versions tend to be the most palatable intro, but there are so many other options for slightly…

Chocolate Soufflé

Chocolate soufflé is fundamentally similar to chocolate mousse, but is slightly more technical in execution. Proceed with confidence, have your ingredients ready, and make sure your oven is hot-you’ll do just fine. Shake says: A few weeks ago, Sauce and I found “The Original…

A Monthly Giveaway!

Every month, Sauce and Shake plan to give away something we consider a staple in our kitchen or bar. To win, make one of the recipes we posted this month, then send us a picture on Instagram and tell us what made you happy…

Luxury from Economy: Deglazing, Gravies and Reductions

Sauce is my favorite thing to make (I’m sure this surprises you greatly.)  Whether I’m working on the long, slow reduction of demi-glace or a quick, punchy gastrique, I always feel just a little more accomplished when sauce is involved.  I have two staple…

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