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May 8, 2012 12:58 PM

Favorite sauces for your vegan cooking?

I'm reading through Julia Child's "The Way to Cook" (1989) and am in the midst of her chapter on sauces. (I'm vegan - I'm reading JC to help give me context b/c I'm teaching myself how to cook.)

Any favorite sauces & if so, how do you use them? Thanks!

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  1. Take a look at this wonderful book: The Saucy Vegetarian by Joanne Stepaniak

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    1. re: alc

      It looks like a great resource. *adding it to my wishlist*

    2. cashew "cream" sauces are by far my favorite to use, and are so versatile since raw cashews dont have much of a flavor profile to begin, and thus absorb other flavors easily. This link:
      has a basic recipe for cashew cream, along with several different flavor combinations that you could use for different cuisines. There are tons of recipes out there on the internet as well. One of my personal fav's is to mix in some pureed pimentos and nutritional yeast, makes a great "cheese" sauce for mac and cheese and other dishes that require a melted "cheese".

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      1. re: NorCalEats

        Thanks for the link. B/c cashews are sweet to me, I never thought of them as being benign enough to absorb other flavors so that's an exciting revelation!

        1. re: losangeles

          You are most likely thinking of roasted cashews, the cooking process creates that sweet flavor that most people attribute to cashews. Soaked raw cashews on the other hand are fairly bland, but add a nice creamy dimension to sauces due to the relatively high fat content (albeit healthy fat)

          1. re: NorCalEats

            I think that must be it. I always buy the dry roasted cashews from TJs.