Condiments & Ingredients

Condiments & Ingredients are important when creating a meal or dish. Read about how different ingredients work and what kind of condiments will enhance the flavor of a dish.


Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce or dressing that is made of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar, and seasonings. It's not the same as salad dressing, which doesn't contain egg yolks and is generally sweeter than mayonnaise.

I've enjoyed Thousand Island salad dressing for years, and I've always wondered how it got its name. For that matter, how did ranch dressing get its name? Is French dressing really from France? And what is in those dressings?

Whenever I buy salt (or even get it in little packets at a restaurant), it says that it is "iodized". What is "iodized", and why?

You love the taste of it on your flapjacks, but just how do they make maple syrup? Read this article on maple syrup to find out how this deliciously sweet condiment is made.

Where do corn oil and corn syrup come from? When I eat corn on the cob, there's not any oil or syrup in it, so where do they get this stuff?