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Jul262010

Sauces Worth Salivating Over

 Product Review: Condiments from Dulcet CuisineDulcet's zesty Moroccan Mustard

I believe it was the calm in a sea of hectic scurrying that drew me into the Dulcet Cuisine booth at the NASFT Fancy Food Show. Instead of the standard overwhelming assortment of peanut butter with 32 artificially flavored varieties, I saw just a small table offering tastes of a few hand-bottled condiments. Something about the simple logo with its signature green leaf caught my eye, and I decided to give them a taste. It was the Sweet Orange Chile Ketchup that originally drew me in, and from my small tasting that morning, I knew I wanted more.

Unlike the many sauce companies out there, it appeared that Dulcet Cuisine had truly concentrated their efforts on producing just a small number of high quality sauces instead of throwing a bunch of half-hearted attempts into the gourmet condiment world. Each flavor was rich, extremely well balanced, and craveable.

Dulcet Cuisine kindly sent me a box of goodies to try, shipped all the way from their business in Oregon. I received two condiments (The Moroccan Mustard and the Mild Indian Curry Ketchup) and three sauces (The Toasted Sesame & Ginger Asian Sauce, the Tangy & Peppery Moroccan Sauce, and the Lemon, Mustard & Dill Sauce).

Convincing people to try a specific sauce is difficult, especially when confronted with all the spreads, hot sauces, and spice blends on the market these days. But, just as I found out at the Fancy Food Show, these blends are a whole lot different from everything else available.

I immediately opened the Toasted Sesame & Ginger Asian Sauce, which I used to make my own modified version of a brussels sprouts side dish found on Dulcet’s page of recipes. I made mine with cranberries and butter, then caramelized the cut green sprouts in the sauce. It certainly changed the flavor of the dish in an unexpected way. This sauce is not for those expecting a typical teriyaki or sweet, dark soy taste; rather, this sauce lends a somewhat dry tang that stands out even in small quantities. It also makes a great stir fry base, but to get to something a bit more unique, I wanted to try the Moroccan sauce.

A few of the delectable sauces from Dulcet's handmade collectio
The Tangy & Peppery Moroccan Sauce was quite a new taste, with spicy elements that didn’t actually lend heat. Turmeric, saffron, cinnamon, and other spices have been precisely mixed to produce this well-balanced condiment. This sauce turned out to add a zing to everything from Israeli couscous and carrots to baked chicken and Mexican food. We all know that bean and cheese tacos could use an awakening. This worked.

When I saw the LMD Sauce (The Lemon, Mustard & Dill), I was expecting another boring salmon supplement. This sauce instead has bold flavors and is great as a salad dressing, mixed in with potato salad, or used to make a tangy twist on tzatziki.

I immediately tried using a smidgen of the Moroccan Mustard in my batch of pasta salad. Even a small amount gave this usually ho-hum dish a huge boost. I also have been using the sauce in egg salad, on grilled cheese, and as a way to spice up cheddar potato soup.

Admittedly, I was least excited with my bottle of Mild Indian Curry Ketchup, despite the fact that it just won a SOFI Gold. What would I do with a whole lot of ketchup? I popped open the bottle and was immediately hit with a spicy smell that reminded me of a dish of chana masala. What a pleasant surprise! After dipping in some bread and loving the result, I then tried dipping in vegetables, pasta, and more. It actually didn’t matter what I dipped in it—it was simply delicious, and quite addictive to boot. I never thought that a sauce company in Oregon could come up with such an authentically spiced concoction, but Dulcet has. The sauce I was least excited about is now my favorite, and I’ve used it in my cooking every day since I opened the jar. With an Indian taste and sweet ketchup finish, I decided to develop a recipe to bring out the spice notes in this concoction. I spread a layer of pureed sour cream and ricotta (any mild cheese The best ketchup of my life - Dulcet's Mild Indian Curry Ketchupwould work) onto some homemade flatbread and dolloped bits of the Mild Indian Curry Ketchup on top. A sprinkling of mozzarella cheese and a bake in the oven resulted in a golden pizza with delicious spicy notes. It was quite unlike anything I’ve ever had, and quite popular with everyone who managed to get a bite.

Dulcet Cuisine is worth every penny, and at $6.00-$8.00 a bottle, isn’t very expensive for a product that is handmade in small batches and produced with fresh ingredients. Look for it in Whole Foods and other specialty food stores, or order directly from their website here. These sauces are gluten free, preservative free, and all natural, and most importantly, I trust that they have been made with care. If you like anything out of the ordinary, then you’d be crazy to pass these up.

 

 

Dulcet Cuisine

Lake Oswego, Oregon

503.756.4688

http://dulcetcuisine.com

Sauces, Cooking Spices & Rubs, Mustards, and Ketchups

$6, $7, & $8/bottle; gift boxes available

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