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Seven Magic Sauces you Should Know About

What is a magic sauce? It’s a simple sauce you can use a hundred different ways. And you should absolutely have one or two in your repertoire! Here are a handful of the best.

1. Original Magic Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
This was the first magic sauce I posted. I called it magic sauce, in part because it makes everything it touches shimmy with deliciousness. It’s magic like that. Technically, it’s a riff on a chimichurri sauce – but one that has veered off the rails in a big way. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

2. Magic Ancho Chile Relish (101 Cookbooks)
This Ancho Chile Relish brings the fast magic – adding depth, raisiny-chile flavor, color, and dimension to all sorts of simple preparations. Perfect swirled into soups, dolloped onto tacos, or to punctuate yogurt. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

3. Green Kitchen Stories’ Magic Green Sauce (Green Kitchen Stories)
Just yes to this. Avocado and herbs with a bit of chile and garlic make this crazy versatile. And look at what they do with it – a stunner of a watermelon & Halloumi Salad. Gorgeous. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

4. Magic Artichoke Dipping Sauce – (Platings & Pairings)
It’s the season for artichokes. Tripling down with mustard, lemon and garlic powder make this simple dipping sauce a stand-out. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

5. Walnut Olive Miso Magic Sauce (101 Cookbooks)
A chunky, walnut olive miso creation worthy of its name. You combine toasted walnuts, olives, miso, a dusting of oregano, and a dollop of tahini into a blockbuster condiment of sorts. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

6. Red Pesto (101 Cookbooks)
This red pesto is also magic. I make walnut-studded sauce and cast sun-dried tomatoes in the role basil typically plays. Flavor-forward, intense, and delicious. If this isn’t your jam, here is more pesto inspiration. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

7. 5-minute Magic Green Sauce – (Pinch of Yum)
Lindsay’s jalapeño and herb spiked magic sauce bringing up another option on the green side of things. Get the recipe here.

Seven Magic Sauce Recipes you Should Know About

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“I want you to come watch the movie with us ON the couch, not be in the kitchen!”

I’ve been filling out this one-question-a-day journals for moms that I received for Christmas. It records a little thought or memory over the last year, and then starts again, so you can see how your answers change over a few years. One of the recent ones, prompted me to jot notes about what I am learning as a mom, and I found the question so general I was basically annoyed. I am a romantic, and also wildly pragmatic. In the span of a day I can tear up over the depths of love I feel for my kids, and also wish for them to have a mute button. We all have worlds within us; mothering pushing me into the corners of myself I am sometimes proud of or other corners ashamed of, but am I learning? Yes, every single day. Sometimes in the moment and other times after a particular season. But in 2021, my answer in the bullet journal was that I see my kids are wanting me to play with them. They aren’t registering all the service and shuttling and laundry and what it takes to pull off a week, they just want to play WITH me. It’s natural for me to move within lists and tasks and responsibilities and hustling, but playing is something I have to pay attention to. For them and for me. We usually do a family movie on Friday nights and my son (6.5), see quote above, pointed out that I don’t actually watch the movie, I tinker in the kitchen and he wants me in the couch cuddle. Flattered, and found out that I’d rather make granola than watch The Croods 🙂 So from annoyed, to passing on the question to fellow parents, what are you learning? Try not to be annoyed. Maybe circle back to it.

I published this recipe over on SKCC a few weeks ago and wanted it to live here. We’re trying to find more family-friendly vegetarian recipes (it’s easy for me to fill up on roasted veggies and big salads, not so much for the kids). This batch lasts us two meals – once with noodles, maybe half zoodles, and the second round on toast or english muffins with cheese melted on top, like a pizza sort of thing? It freezes well and is great to deliver to new parents.


Serves 6


2 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion – roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
sea salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 head of cauliflower (about ¾ lb. or 12 oz. riced)
1/2 cup of raw walnuts pieces
1/2 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. of fennel seeds – crushed
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup of red wine (or broth of any sort, and double the vinegar to mimic the wine’s acidity)
28 oz. of canned, crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup of red lentils
red pepper flake to taste

For serving

12 oz. of pasta or choice, zoodles, etc.
fresh, torn basil


In a large Dutch-oven or stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium low heat.

In a food processor, pulse the onion and garlic into smaller bits. Add them to the pot with a big pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté to soften, about 3 minutes.

Pulse up the cauliflower florets to get a rice-like texture. Add the riced-cauliflower to the pot and sauté to soften, about 5 minutes.

Pulse the walnuts in the processor and add those to the pot along with the Italian seasoning, fennel seed, another few generous pinches of salt and pepper, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until fragrant.

Add the red wine, cook about 3 minutes, then add the crushed tomatoes, ½ cup water, lentils, pinch of pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn the heat to low, put the cover ajar and let it simmer gently for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the heat, taste for seasoning and adjust.

Cook your pasta or zoodles according to instructions. Top with cauli Bolognese, grated cheese, fresh basil and enjoy!

The Bolognese will keep in the fridge for a week and can be frozen for a few months.

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