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Help Sauce Cling to Pasta With a Little Butter

Help Sauce Cling to Pasta With a Little Butter

Spaghetti is a straightforward dish almost anyone can make. Boil some pasta, warm some sauce (or make it from scratch), ladle the sauce onto the pasta. That course of action will result in an edible bowl of spaghetti, but it will also leave you with little pools of liquid and…

Thicken Your Pan Sauce With Sour Cream

Thicken Your Pan Sauce With Sour Cream

I take a pretty minimal approach to pan sauces, especially on weeknights. I take the meat out of the pan, pour the excess fat into a little ramekin, and deglaze the delicious browned bits with something alcoholic. (Recently, that something has been semi-oxidised dry vermouth.) Then I whisk the fat…

Give Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich a Parmesan Crust

Give Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich a Parmesan Crust

I am a bit of a grilled cheese purist. I like mine on white bread, slathered with butter (not mayo), and filled with gooey, processed cheese. A good havarti is also acceptable if the mood dictates a touch of luxury, but harder, acidic cheeses like cheddar or parm are not…