V-J Day’s Tempura Shrimp with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Have you ever heard the expression V-J Day? Up until recently, I hadn’t. I knew it had something to do with the war, as in World War II. V-J Day meant Victory over Japan Day. On August 14, 1945, the news broke around the world that the Imperial Government of Japan would agree to surrender. In Europe, it was August 15th due to the International Date Line. Regardless of which side of the date line you were on, celebrations broke out across the globe with zealous fury. The war was coming to an end.

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Béchamel Sauce (White Sauce)

Sauces, like stocks, are the springboard of enriched cooking. Can you imagine Eggs Benedict without a Hollandaise sauce or spaghetti without a Tomato sauce? It would be like hamburgers without the condiments – just a big hunk of grilled ground meat and a bun. Sure, kids might like their food plain, but as adults, we appreciate foods that are rich in textures, flavors and aromas. At least I do. A good sauce shouldn’t mask the food but rather lift it up in a celebration of the senses. I have said this before, and I shall say it again – I adore French cooking.

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