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Yes, you can make your own condiments — they're surprisingly easy!
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Black-Eyed Pea Dip

When everyone at a potluck party began eating this Indian snack like a dip, Gadia started serving it that way all the time. Try it with chips or fresh veggies.

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Rajas are often served as a side dish or as a condiment for soups and stews, but they’re also delicious over tostadas, nachos, and chilaquiles.

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Roasted Poblano Vinaigrette

Smoky, tangy, and a little bit sweet, this dressing has it all. Try it over crisp greens topped with Rajas, pepitas, goat cheese, and orange sections.

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Asian Toasted Sesame and Chile Dipping Sauce

This Korean-inspired recipe calls for nama shoyu, a raw soy sauce, but you can substitute tamari or regular soy sauce. Toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds give the dip more flavor, but raw versions will also work.

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Spicy Cheddar Dip

Serve this cheesy, creamy dip with freshly sliced apples and your favorite crackers. Or try it in a sandwich with thinly sliced apples and whole-grain bread.

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This easy-to-assemble Middle Eastern mix of dried herbs is often sprinkled over hummus. Try it as a pizza seasoning, a garnish for soft goat cheese, or a bread dip (dip the bread in olive oil, then in the Za’atar).

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Classic Hummus

Lightly flavored with tahini, this basic hummus is creamy-smooth. For a more full-bodied flavor, increase the tahini by up to 2 cups. Stir the tahini well right before measuring—it separates when it sits.

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Basic Béchamel (White) Sauce

A classic French recipe, this creamy sauce thickened with a roux can be used as a base for many other sauces as well as in casseroles and soufflés.

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Quick Pizza Sauce

To avoid possible exposure to gluten from prepared tomato sauces, whip up this easy version that can be made with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

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Goji Olive Spread

Dhruv Chandra, of Toronto, was inspired by the recipes in VT to start trying out his own. Now every Sunday night is his time to shine and create new recipes for his wife, Surabhi. This one is a winner.