Having a good collection of sauce recipes is like having the perfect capsule wardrobe. No matter the occasion, you have the perfect recipe to whip out and take disparate ingredients and turn them into a delicious, cohesive, whole. A good sauce takes a "crap what's for dinner" moment and turns it into an purposeful, dare I say elegant, dish.
Vinaigrettes, like this pickled jalapeño vinaigrette, can perk up a bag of pre-washed greens, add life to grains like rice or barley, or make a bean salad out of a can of beans. Thicker sauces, like this creamy springy pea pesto, can be dolloped on steamed veggies, tossed with pasta, or smeared on bread for elegant crostini or game-changing sandwiches. A good meal is a well-dressed meal!