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Alana Chernila

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    Carrot Top Arugula Pesto

    Don’t throw out those carrot tops! They make a vibrant pesto, with rich flavor from toasted walnuts instead of the traditional pine nuts. Arugula adds a peppery bite. The pesto…

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    Preserved Lemon Tahini Sauce

    Mild sesame tahini sauce gets a kick of savory flavor from white miso and some briny, pickled notes from preserved lemons. Use as a dip for falafel, or spread on…

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    Zhoug

    This traditional falafel condiment is the fiery Middle Eastern answer to pesto. It’s commonly made with cilantro, but parsley and mint take its place in this version. If you’re a…

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    Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

    Cold vegetables, meat, or noodles instantly become a meal when you have peanut sauce around. Whatever kind of peanut butter you normally eat—crunchy or smooth, natural or sweetened—will work. Use…

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    Soy-Scallion Butter

    Savory soy and scallion flavors are a match made in heaven in lots of Asian cuisines and beyond. This butter is a shortcut to complex flavor for meat and veggies:…

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    Shallot & Herb Aïoli

    This bright, creamy, goes-with-everything sauce combines fresh summer herbs with shallots and garlic when they’re at their peak. Slather it on toast and top with sliced ripe tomatoes, serve as…

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    Ume-Scallion Dressing

    This bright green sauce gets intense flavor from peppery watercress and briny umeboshi vinegar. Try drizzling it on a cold soup, like the Classic Vichyssoise shown here, or toss with…

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    Garlic Vinaigrette

    This is a classic go-to vinaigrette that every cook needs, with garlic to add savory flavor and a touch of rice vinegar and honey to mellow things out. It's delicious…