• Gravies and Sauces
    Gravies and Sauces
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sauce add zest or flavor to, make more interesting "sauce the roast"
    • v sauce dress (food) with a relish
    • v sauce behave saucily or impudently towards
    • n sauce flavorful relish or dressing or topping served as an accompaniment to food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Ironically his name means "apple sauce" in Japanese
    • Sauce A composition of condiments and appetizing ingredients eaten with food as a relish; especially, a dressing for meat or fish or for puddings; as, mint sauce; sweet sauce, etc. "Poignant sauce .""High sauces and rich spices fetched from the Indies."
    • n Sauce sōs (Fine Art) A soft crayon for use in stump drawing or in shading with the stump.
    • Sauce Any garden vegetables eaten with meat. "Roots, herbs, vine fruits, and salad flowers . . . they dish up various ways, and find them very delicious sauce to their meats, both roasted and boiled, fresh and salt."
    • Sauce Sauciness; impertinence.
    • Sauce Stewed or preserved fruit eaten with other food as a relish; as, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, etc. "Stewed apple sauce ."
    • Sauce To accompany with something intended to give a higher relish; to supply with appetizing condiments; to season; to flavor.
    • Sauce To cause to relish anything, as if with a sauce; to tickle or gratify, as the palate; to please; to stimulate; hence, to cover, mingle, or dress, as if with sauce; to make an application to. "Earth, yield me roots;
      Who seeks for better of thee, sauce his palate
      With thy most operant poison!"
    • Sauce To make poignant; to give zest, flavor or interest to; to set off; to vary and render attractive. "Then fell she to sauce her desires with threatenings.""Thou sayest his meat was sauced with thy upbraidings."
    • Sauce To treat with bitter, pert, or tart language; to be impudent or saucy to. "I'll sauce her with bitter words."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ketchup originated in China as a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap
    • n sauce A condiment, as salt or mustard; now, usually, an accompaniment to food, usually liquid or soft, and highly seasoned or flavored, eaten as a relish, an appetizer, or a digestive: as, mint-sauce; white sauce; lobster-sauce; sauce piquante.
    • n sauce Hence, specifically Garden vegetables or roots eaten with flesh-meat: also called garden-sauce.
    • n sauce Fruit stewed with sugar; a compote of fruit: as, apple-sauce.
    • n sauce Pertness; insolence; impudence, or pert or insolent language.
    • n sauce The soft green or yellowish substance of a lobster. See tomalley.
    • n sauce A mixture of flavoring ingredients used in the preparation of tobacco and snuff.
    • sauce To add a sauce or relish to; season; flavor.
    • sauce To gratify; tickle (the palate).
    • sauce To intermix or accompany with anything that gives piquancy or relish; hence, to make pungent, tart, or sharp.
    • sauce To be saucy or pert to; treat saucily, or with impertinence; scold.
    • sauce To cut up; carve; prepare for the table.
    • sauce To make to pay or suffer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Chinese dining, duck sauce is almost never used on duck.
    • n Sauce saws a liquid seasoning for food, consisting of salt, &c.: fruit stewed with sugar: a relish: impudence
    • v.t Sauce to put sauce in to relish: to make poignant: to gratify the palate: to treat with bitter or pert language: to make suffer
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  • Henry James
    “The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Hunger is the best sauce.”
  • Susan Vass
    Susan Vass
    “I've been married so long, I am on my third bottle of Tabasco sauce.”
  • Plutarch
    “Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.”
  • Judith Olney
    Judith Olney
    “Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. OF. sausse, LL. salsa, properly, salt pickle, fr. L. salsus, salted, salt, p. p. of salire, to salt, fr. sal, salt. See Salt, and cf. Saucer Souse pickle, Souse to plunge


In literature:

In using this sauce for creamed oysters, add 1/2 tsp.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
Fried soles; pounded meat cutlets in Italian paste with sauce; macaroni with tomato sauce.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 354, October 9, 1886" by Various
Make the sauce very hot, and serve over each portion of the pudding.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882" by Various
Fish cooked thus is eaten hot or cold, with suitable sauce.
"The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 355, October 16, 1886" by Various
The rich sauce which forms part of the dish was, however, invented at Rouen.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
Do not allow the sauce to boil after the eggs are added.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
Pour over any good vegetable sauce.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
I 'most forgot my sauce dishes, and Sabriny's going to have company to-morrow!
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
The sauce is done with white of chicken.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The young leaves are said to be used in pickles, soups and sauces, and even in salads.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains

In poetry:

One of his two shafts was dipte
In bitter sauce as gaulle,
The other in a pleasant wyne
And poyson myxte withall
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
As the smacke of dyuers sauce,
So dyuerslye they wroughte:
By despayre the one to deathe
By vague hope the other broughte.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
The son of Philip, term'd the Great,
No sauce did with his victuals eat,
But what he in his stomach brought,
When he had stoutly march'd, or fought.
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard
It will lighten your burden and make you feel
That there 's nothing like work as a sauce for a meal.
And with song in your heart and the meal in--its place,
There 'll be joy in your bosom and light in your face.
"Just Whistle A Bit" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Said the wolf: "You are tough and may bring remorse,
But of such is the world well rid.
I've swallowed your capers, I've swallowed your sauce,
And it's plain to be seen that my only course
Is swallowing you." He did.
"The Inhuman Wolf And The Lamb Sans Gene" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
You need not whisk your stump, nor turn away your nose;
Poor donkeys ain't so stupid as rich horses may suppose!
I could feed in any manger just as well as you,
Though I don't despise a thistle—with sauce of dust and dew!
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald

In news:

Smoked beer is the basis of a barbecue sauce that goes great on ribs, or use it as an ingredient in pulled chicken.
Top Chef Texas competitor goes home over Dr Pepper barbecue sauce .
This North Carolina–style vinegar-based sauce recipe, passed down from Drew Belline's grandmother, is a basic condiment among his family members and is always on hand for seasoning barbecue and all types of pork dishes.
1 ½ cups Worcestershire sauce.
On top of that burger was McJordan BBQ Sauce.
I have to wonder why ANYONE would pay $10,000 for 20-year-old barbecue sauce .
Especially 20-year -old McDonald's barbecue sauce .
Back in the early '90s, McDonald's introduced the McJordan, a bacon burger named after Michael Jordan, and topped with "McJordan Barbecue Sauce ".
Scrape the barbecue sauce into a bowl.
Turn and brush with the barbecue sauce.
Serve, passing the remaining barbecue sauce at the table.
Serve chicken warm with the thickened barbecue sauce on the side.
Continue to whisk over medium heat till the sauce is hot, bubbly, and thickened.
Pour the sauce evenly across the top of the chicken pieces.
3 / 4 cup barbecue sauce.

In science:

The cloud business model undermines this design assumption, by incentivizing providers not to share with each other the details of their resource allocation and optimization algorithms—crucial parts of their “secret sauce ” —that would be necessary to analyze or ensure the stability of the larger, composite system.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
Competition encourages providers to closely guard the “secret sauce ” underlying their products.
Icebergs in the Clouds: the Other Risks of Cloud Computing
We suspect it has something to do with the sauce.
Astrophysics in 2006