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In cooking, a sauce is a liquid served on or used in the preparation of food.  Sauces are not consumed bySauces themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to another dish.  Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsus, meaning salted.

Sauces may be prepared sauces, such as soy sauce, which are usually bought, not made, by the cook; or cooked sauces, such as B้chamel sauce, which are generally made just before serving.

Sauces for salads are called salad dressing.  Sauces are an essential element in cooking all over the world.


Gravy is a sauce, made often from the juices that run naturally during cooking and often thickened with wheat flour or cornstarch for added texture.

 In North America the term can refer to a wider variety of sauces. The gravy may be further colored and flavored with gravy salt (a simple mix of salt and caramel food coloring) or gravy browning (gravy salt dissolved in water) or ready-made cubes and powders can be used as a substitute for natural meat or vegetable extracts. Canned gravies are also available. Gravy is commonly served with roasts, meatloaf, rice, and mashed potatoes.

One Southern United States variation is sausage gravy eaten with American biscuits.

Another Southern US dish that has white gravy is chicken fried steak. Rice and gravy is a staple of Cajun and Creole cuisine in the southern US state of Louisiana. Gravy is an integral part of the Canadian dish poutine.

In many parts of Asia, particularly India, Malaysia, and Singapore, the word "gravy" is used to refer to any thickened liquid part of a dish. For example, the liquid part of a thick curry may be referred to as gravy.

In the Mediterranean, Maghreb cuisine is dominated with gravy and bread-based dishes. Tagine and most Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) dishes are derivatives of oil, meat and vegetable gravies. The dish is usually served with a loaf of bread. The bread is then dipped into the gravy and then used to gather or scoop the meat and vegetables between the index, middle finger and thumb, and consumed.

In gastronomy of Minorca, it has been used since the British colonization during the 17th century in typical Minorcan and Catalan dishes, as for example macaroons amb grevi (pasta).

Gravy can be used on many Thanksgiving foods such as ham, turkey and mashed potatoes.


A condiment is a substance applied to food, usually in Condimentsthe form of a sauce, powder, or spread, to enhance or improve the flavor.  Condiments are typically smeared with knives, squirted, or sprinkled onto other foods.


Commercially prepared condiments are usually packaged in glass or plastic jars.  Plastic has displaced glass in a number of applications where plastic's squeezability is an advantage, such as for ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and other condiments with a paste-like consistency.


Some commercial venues (especially packaged meals dispensed by airlines and in some cafeterias), condiments are packaged in single-serving packets.





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Caesar Salad?

According to the "" a typical Caesar salad comprises romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper, originally prepared tableside. Caesar Cardini, who ran restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, in the 1920s-1940s, is commonly credited as the creator.

As a historical addendum, the salad recipe was created at a place operated by Cardini on the ground floor of the Hotel Comercial at the corner of 2nd Street and Main. In 1929-1930, Cardini moved his restaurant to the newly constructed Hotel Caesar on Main St., nowadays Avenida Revoluci๓n, near the corner of 5th St. The Hotel Comercial is long-gone, but the historic "Comercial" building still stands at the same location, and the Hotel Caesar's continues to operate to this day. The restaurant closed in 1993, but after a renovation in the late 1990's, the bar in the hotel began preparing table-side "ensalada Caesar per tradition" and claim to serve the "original Caesar salad".

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