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A simple sauce that incorporates the deep flavors of roasted pan juices and red wine to serve with your favorite roast.
The rich smoky flavors of ancho chiles and roasted red peppers marry beautifully in this Mexican sauce.  Try it with poached, scrambled, or baked eggs for a delicious brunch dish or use it to make enchiladas.  We also like to serve it with grilled veggies, chicken, fish, or meat.  Olé!
Celebrate spring with this creamy risotto infused with the fresh flavors of asparagus and white wine.  Serve it up as beautful centerpiece for a vegetarian meal or as a side dish with chicken or fish.
A simple, warming soup for those chilly early spring days when asparagus first comes into season.  Garnish it with a swirl of sour cream or a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan.
This gorgeous golden orange soup is filled with nourishing root vegetables.  The garnish of crisped prosciutto is the perfect complement to their earthy flavor.  Serve the soup with a hearty whole-grain roll and a fresh green salad.
This traditional Provencal dish of artichokes braised in a tangy, garlic-scented broth makes a perfect first course or side dish for chicken or fish.  It can also be served chilled as a salad.
This tasty whole grain dish is rich in flavor--wild mushrooms, shallots, white wine, Parmesan, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and one of our savory stocks all add up to a delicious result.  Toss in a handful of cooked seasonal veggies like asparagus, zucchini, or butternut squash for variety.
This hearty pasta dish comes from a recipe clipped years ago from Bon Appetit magazine.  The original recipe was epic, making enough for 25 servings.  This is our more modest version, with a few tweaks discovered in making dish many times.  If you have a crowd to feed, you can double, triple, or quadruple it!
A great alternative to standing at the stove stirring risotto: start at the stove, then let the oven do the work for you.  The result?  Perfect, creamy risotto to enjoy as a side or main dish.  This is our basic version; it's great as is, but you can also feel free to embellish it as you like.  Maybe some  sautéed mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, or chunks of roasted butternut squash stirred in at the end?  Or maybe substitute blue cheese and rosemary for the Parmesan and parsley?  The possibilities are deliciously endless!
This simple, unadorned polenta is perfect for serving with all manner of stews and braises.
A glorious tradtional dish from France: tender beef braised in red wine and our Glace de Viande with mushrooms, onions, and carrots.  Serve it with boiled or mashed potatoes, or a crusty loaf of French bread to soak up all the delicious savory juices.
Succulent chunks of beef and earthy mushrooms in a savory cream sauce highlighted with a dill, this traditional dish makes a rich and satisfying dinner served over egg noodles or rice.  It is said to have originated in 19th-century Paris, invented by a French chef for the Russian diplomat, Count Paul Stroganov. 
Chewy wild rice studded with yellow and red peppers and dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil makes a stunning salad.  Serve it with grilled steak or chicken and a glass of your favorite summer wine.
Need something different to jazz up roasted or grilled pork?  Think outside the box and try this tangy sweet-and-sour sauce made with grapes and fresh herbs, savory notes from shallots and our Glace de Viande, and a zing of balsamic vinegar.  It's also delicious with beef or lamb--or make it with our venison stock for the perfect sauce for wild game.
This simple bowtie pasta highlights spring asparagus with mushrooms, cream, and Parmesan cheese.  It comes together quickly and works will as a main or side dish.  Add cooked chicken or shrimp if you like!
These tender baby artichokes, gently braised with onions, garlic, and marjoram, make a terrific Spring appetizer or side dish for roast chicken or fish.
Tender butternut squash and fingerling potatoes are gently braised in our roasted chicken or vegetable stock, and seasoned with rosemary and a touch of Dijon mustard.  Serve this delicious side dish with turkey, roast beef, lamb, or pork--or add some goat cheese or Parmesan and serve it as a vegetarian entrée.
In this perfect dish for autumn, savory duck is slowy braised until it's exquisitely tender, all the while soaking up the delicious flavors of apple, ginger, and Riesling.  Serve it over wide noodles or creamy mashed potatoes.
Fennel's subtle, delicate anise flavor combines beautifully here with the earthy sweetness of figs for an exceptional side dish to go with roast pork, chicken or beef.
Braising is a great alternative to roasting fingerling potatoes.  They're simmered in a savory broth with sage and garlic until they're meltingly tender; then the braising liquid is reduced to make a delicious glaze.  Serve this tasty side dish with roast chicken or grilled pork tenderloin.
This quick savory stew of kale and white beans gets a hit of flavor from pancetta, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes.  It's great on its own or served over rice or polenta.  It also makes a delicious side for chicken, fish, pork, lamb, or beef.
Morocco … the gateway between Europe and Africa, and a culinary star in her own right. Although Morocco’s culture has been influenced by trade from Europe, the country has still retained her own flavor by using bold, rich spices.  Couscous and lamb are staples of Moroccan cuisine, and this recipe adapted from Chef Steve Chiappeti at Viand Restaurant in Chicago incorporates these two essentials into an exotic braised dish.
We hold with the French of Alsace: they prepare their famed sweet and sour braised cabbage with duck or goose fat. Give it a try. It's the perfect vegetable partner for any holiday bird, and you can make it ahead and reheat it.
A perfect dish for celebrating spring--beautiful pink salmon filets with tender spring vegetables, lightly sauced with savory braising liquid swirled with a little butter.
This scrod is elegant and impressive, but simple to make. Orange-scented fish stock with a splash of dry vermouth is spooned over the meaty fillets to braise them. At the same time, the bed of sliced fennel and onions becomes tender enough to purée. The liquid is reduced, orange segments are added, and it’s ready to enjoy. Any mild, thick, firm fish fillet can be substituted.
Meaty short ribs, braised slowly with mushrooms in red wine and our savory Glace de Viande Gold, make the perfect cold-weather feast.  Serve them up with a side of mashed potatoes, some hearty roasted root vegetables, and a glass of your favorite Cabernet.
Looking for a festive but simple seafood dish?  You've found it: tender shrimp quickly braised with green onions and crisp cubes of savory pancetta.
Welcome spring with this mosaic of bright green, crisp tender vegetables and savory mushrooms accented with mint.  Serve it as a side dish for roast chicken or lamb, or as a vegetarian main dish over buttered noodles or polenta.
Tender veal meatballs, gently braised in our Demi-Glace Gold, make the perfect appetizer or a savory main dish served over home-style mashed potatoes.
An elegant and hearty dish for a chilly evening, tender veal in a red wine sauce studded with mushrooms will wow your guests.  Serve it with fluffy mashed potatoes and a glass of your favorite red wine.
For this elegant, smooth soup, toasted almonds and broccoli are puréed together with chicken stock, a medieval method used to thicken soups. It's simple yet unexpectedly sophisticated with a warm hint of coriander and white pepper. Double or quadruple the recipe and make it ahead for easy entertaining.
The tanginess of the cheddar is a perfect foil for the sweetness of the butternut squash in this warming soup.  Serve it as a starter or as a main course with hearty whole-grain bread and a salad of fresh spinach, apples, red onion, gold raisins, and toasted walnuts.
One of our favorite veggies, layered with apples and leeks and topped with a delicious crust of bread crumbs, Cheddar, and bacon.  It might even upstage the turkey on your holiday table!
Chef Jamie Gwen whips up delicious recipes and culinary delights for television and radio audiences around the globe.  When the SauceDude tried this soup, he was hooked.  Chef Jamie says wild mushroom soup never fails to please. From cremini to porcini, each mushroom adds its own distinct flavor, shape, and texture to the soup. Serve with a fresh baguette and some aged cheddar or pecorino. Uncork a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoy!
Thanks to Chef Michaelangelo (Mick) Rosacci of Tony's Market in Denver for this luscious sauce recipe that makes the perfect accent for bison, venison, or elk steaks hot off the grill.  All you do is add some berries and preserves to our Red Wine Sauce recipe!  Chef Mick recommends trying the sauce with grilled game burgers, and it's also delicious with beef, veal, or lamb.
Savor chunks of tender chicken and wild mushrooms bathed in a creamy sauce and served up in crisp puff pastry.  With some fresh chives sprinkled over the top, you have a gourmet dish for an intimate dinner ready in short order.
Simple and elegant--chicken breasts quickly sautéed and served with a Marsala-scented pan sauce studded with mushrooms and enriched with cream.  Serve it over pasta or rice or with a side of roasted potatoes.
Normandy is a region in the north of France that borders the English channel.  Its rolling hills are home to dairy farms and apple orchards and the region is as famous for butter, cheeses, and cream as it is for apples, cider, and apple brandy.  This dish is a Norman classic, combining fall-off-the-bone tender chicken with tart-sweet apples in a luscious, brandy-infused cream sauce.
This luscious stew made in a slow-cooker steals a bit from the traditional French recipe for Coq Au Vin.  Chunks of chicken, bacon, tender mushrooms, onions, garlic, and herbs, gently simmered in red wine and our roasted chicken stock, come together beautifully to make a hearty dish perfect for a chilly evening.
This dish is all about the sauce--the tang of mustard, the oniony flavor of the chives, and the silky texture of rich cream come together beautifully to dress up simple sautéed chicken.  It also works well with veal or pork cutlets.
This delightful recipe was created by a friend of MTG, Chef Kurt Kulzer. He's a terrific cook, great fun, and has a wonderful knack for creating some terrific recipes using our stocks and sauces. We tip our toque to Kurt, and hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
There are so many wonderful fresh and dried pastas available that it's hardly worth the effort to make them. Any combination of shapes and flavors will work in this fusion of Indian and Italian ideas. The sauce only looks complicated; it's really easy and can be made ahead, as can the entire dish.
This lush, velvety summer soup comes together quickly (and requires no time at the stove!).  The smoky heat of the chipotle cream adds nice little kick, along with the flavors of cilantro and lime.  Garnish with a sprinkling of chili powder and some fresh corn kernels, or add some crab meat or chilled cooked shrimp to make it a meal.
The gorgeous pink color and light texture of this soup make it perfect for summer, when bundles of fresh beets appear at farm stands and markets.
This simple, creamy soup is a perfect starter for a summer dinner party or a light main course for lunch.  It's terrific as is, but also takes well to additions like crumbled feta cheese or chilled cooked shrimp or chicken.
Roasting brings out the full flavor of sweet yellow bell peppers in this sunshine-colored soup.  It makes a refreshing and delicious starter for a summer meal or can be promoted to a main dish with the addition of some grilled shrimp or chicken.
This light and colorful main-dish salad is made mostly ahead of time.  The tender salmon and crisp vegetables tossed with a lemon vinaigrette make a great lunch or brunch dish--or a light supper.
An elegant way to enjoy summer sweet corn, this delicious soup can be served as is for a first course.  To make it a main dish, add a mound of crab or lobster meat in the center of the bowl and garnish with finely diced tomatoes and a little fresh basil.
This smooth and creamy cold soup is perfect for a warm summer day.  Garnish it with a swirl of basil pesto or a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chives.  Toss in some cold cooked chicken or shrimp to make it a main dish.
This simple, traditional sauce made with chicken stock is one of the five "mother sauces," from which many other sauces can be made by adding a variety of differenct ingredients.  It's delicious on its own with roasted, poached, or sautéed chicken or with egg dishes--just add a little cream if you like.
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