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17 Sauces to Stir Things Up

The food forecast for today is very drizzly. With a strong chance of cheese. And chocolate. And bacon. And emulsion blenders. Nothing completes a meal like a splash of this or that, so we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of fantastic and unique sauce recipes for dipping, stewing and pouring all over everything every day. Put your bibs on and let’s stir things up.


1. Beer Cheese Sauce: You like where this is going already, don’t you? Of course, we would only trust a Milwaukee blogger on the subject of beer-cheese sauces and fresh, hot, soft pretzels(!!!). Oh, Wisconsin. (via The Curvy Carrot)

2. Homemade Sriracha: This naturally nummy version of the ubiquitous rooster sauce is free of the weird stuff (preservatives), full of the hot stuff. (via Nom Nom Paleo)

3. Mint-Coriander Chutney: You know that tangy, herby, spicy condiment that you scarf down with your samosas at the curry house buffet? Well, this is that stuff. Think of it as Indian pesto. (via Worthy Pause)

4. Fesenjan: Fesenjan is Persian in origin, a sweet and tart mix of pomegranate syrup, walnuts and aromatic spices that’s best served on top of chicken (or with a spoon, directly to your mouth). (via Simply Recipes)

5. Simple Pan Sauce: Recycling just got very delicious. Pan sauce is mixed up pretty much how it sounds, essentially scraping the bits out of a cooked-in pan and making a sauce with it. This one should be in every cook’s arsenal. (via Reluctant Gourmet)

6. Hatch Green Chile Sauce: New Mexico’s famous salsa verde is as bright as the desert sun and served on everything from stews to scrambled eggs. (via Like Mother Like Daughters)

7. Creamy Cauliflower Sauce: Screw béchamel. If you’re health conscious, this will be your new mother sauce. It will go from an Alfredo substitute to whatever your heart desires with just a few tweaks. Best part? It doesn’t taste healthy whatsoever. (via Pinch of Yum)

8. Thai Peanut Sauce: Don’t act like you’ve never just licked the sauce off your chicken satay before. When you make this Thai starter staple at home, you can double dip as much as you want. (via Gimme Some Oven)

9. Chimichurri: Argentina has perfected the art of the barbecue. As such, they’ve decided that chimichurri is the only condiment that need be available when steak is on the grill. This fresh combo of fresh oregano, parsley, lots of garlic and a touch of white wine vinegar is also great on a roast beef sandwich. (via Closet Cooking)

10. Romesco: Did you know that Catalunya is famous for its sauciness? Yep. And romesco is one of the most lauded for its creamy base of roasted red peppers and nuts (typically almonds or hazelnuts). This recipe is true to its Spanish roots, but with a little added kick. (via Brittany Powell)

11. Korean Seasoning Sauce: Here’s the recipe for how to turn anything into an awesome Korean delicacy. 1. Make this sauce. 2. Eat it on stuff. (via The Kitchn)

12. Bolognese: This hearty, meaty deliciousness is begging to be simmered on your stove this weekend. According to Italian chefs, everyone who is not in Italy has been making bolognese sauce totally wrong. After reading through this authentic recipe, we have to agree. Why the hell were we leaving out the bacon?! (via The Telegraph)

13. Blackberry Sticky Wing Sauce: Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Excuse us for a second while we go to the grocery store for all of these ingredients. (via The Freckled Foodie)

14. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto: Umami, thy name is sun-dried tomato. (via Sea Salt With Food)

15. Holy Mole: Chocolate and smoky peppers don’t necessarily seem like a perfect match, but they don’t care what you think. They will be together, and they will make enchiladas 12 times more delicious as a result. (via Eat 8020)

16. Chipotle Maple BBQ Sauce: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands disgustingly sticky with a barbecue sauce that doesn’t come from a bottle. That is, unless you make it and put it in the bottle yourself, which seems like a lot of work. (via Daring Gourmet)

17. Bourbon Caramel Sauce: Drool! We had to end on a small sweet note. And a hefty bourbon note. (via Minimalist Baker)

Seeing flying sauce-rs? Let us know what you’re mixing up in the comments below or say hi on Twitter!

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)