Credit: andrew parcell

Stir one in, brush one on, or dollop one on the side. Lucinda Scala Quinn's three clever condiments offer ways to make great meals in minutes.

You can't beat good homemade condiments for simplifying summer cooking. They'll take your repertoire to a new level of wow, adding big flavor to the most basic grilled chicken, pork, beef, and fish, as well as classic main and side salads.

The three here are my new stars of the season. A from-scratch mayonnaise (it's easier to make than you think!) with salty-spicy-crunchy add-ins transforms potato salad and much more. The figgy barbie sauce gives bold sweet-sour flavor to whichever meats you like to grill. And mostarda -- an Italian condiment with mustard-flavored fruit -- is the ultimate little black dress of condiments: sleek and versatile. Grill, roast, saute, or poach just about anything, and serve it with this cool, tangy, chutneylike sauce for a delicious contrast of temperatures, flavors, and textures.

And if you happen to be looking for a slam dunk hostess gift, just double a batch and share your summer secret weapons.


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