To thicken sauces and gravy by boiling down and evaporating a portion of the liquid in an uncovered pan.
These stuffed mushrooms make a pretty visual with burgundy-colored onions and deep green spinach. To serve as appetizers, use small baby Portobello mushrooms and serve over shredded lettuce.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
Tired of the same ol’ buffalo and BBQ sauces? Try spreading your wings with a new balsamic-sugar glaze. Sweet and mildly tangy, these have a taste that’ll appeal to any crowd. —Gretchen Whelan, San Francisco
Here’s a hearty appetizer that’ll get any gathering off to a delicious start. The rich, creamy cheese sauce complements the grilled steak to perfection. —Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida