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.


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Cream Questions

Knowing the difference among the many types of cream can have a big impact on your recipe. There are several categories of cream, and, to make matters more confusing, what's popular in one part of the country may not even be found in another region. Get the facts about cream and try these recipes.

Condiment Questions

While ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and barbecue sauce are classic sandwich toppers, don't be afraid to dress up your meals with less conventional sauces, relishes, and salsas. See tips to spice up even the most common condiments and try out these condiment recipes.

Types of Condiments

Do you even wonder whether condiments should be considered when planning a diabetic diet or meal plan, or whether they considered "free" foods? Read this article to find out.

What is Gelatin?

Gelatin is an translucent and often unflavored element often used in cooking. Learn what gelatin is, how to measure it for cooking or baking, and how to use it in this article.

Nut Basics

Whether they're whole, chopped, or ground, nuts add nutrition and flavor to meals and dishes. You will learn about various kinds of nuts in this article, including such salty delights as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pecans.

What is mayonnaise?

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.

Where do salad dressings get their names?

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?

Why do they add iodine to table salt?

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?

How do they make maple syrup?

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?

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?