Marge Perry Newsday columnist Marge Perry

Marge Perry, Newsday's weekly 3 Simple columnist, also writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition. In her long-standing capacity as a Newsday columnist, Contributing Editor for Cooking Light, author of the blog A Sweet and Savory Life, restaurant critic, recent columnist for several leading magazines (Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention); regular contributor to many magazines, (including Self, More, Coastal Living, and Relish) and frequent guest on television and radio, Perry is an accessible and authoritative guide for anyone who cooks, eats and travels.

In addition to Dinner Tonight, the cookbook based on her daily Newsday column, Ms. Perry has contributed recipes and text to nearly 20 other food and nutrition books. Her articles have been syndicated internationally in magazines and books, and her recipes have appeared on the Television Food Network and numerous television news segments.

Perry teaches cooking and food writing at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, food writing at, and is a guest lecturer at the culinary management graduate school at New York University. Her extensive involvement with the food industry ranges from writing and reporting about cooking and nutrition, chefs, restaurants, growers, producers and manufacturers; restaurant reviewing; menu consulting; consumer trend analysis; and volunteering to bring food and cooking/nutrition know-how to those in need. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Libby Hillman Award for Culinary Excellence and the Food Writers’ Symposium scholarship and the Association of Food Journalists Award for Best Food Essay for an ode to her mother and strawberry-frosted cupcakes.

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Tip: Each of these sauces may be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week, or put them in the freezer.

It's the time of year to fall in love with a barbecue sauce. Any of these might become your signature sauce. Tinker with the spices if you like, and mix and match the meat, fish or poultry.

All sauces should be brushed on in the last 10 minutes of cooking: They are high in sugar and will scorch if applied too early.



Cola is often used in Southern barbecue sauces: The sugars give the sauce a caramelized flavor.

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1 (12-ounce) can cherry cola

3 / 4 cup ketchup

1 / 4 cup cherry preserves

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 / 4 cup finely chopped onion

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch allspice

Hot sauce to taste (start with 4 dashes)

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1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium high heat; reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until somewhat thickened, about 15 minutes. Taste and add hot sauce if desired. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 101 calories, 0 protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 429 mg sodium



1 cup ketchup

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1 / 4 cup packed light brown sugar

3 tablespoons molasses

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 1 / 2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 / 8 teaspoon ground allspice

Pinch cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1. Combine the ketchup, sugar, molasses, vinegar, mustard, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, allspice and cayenne pepper in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar; immediately reduce heat to medium low and cover the pot.

2. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 119 calories, 1 g protein, 29 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 526 mg sodium



4 slices bacon, chopped

1 cup chopped onion

1 / 2 cup yellow mustard

1 / 4 cup ketchup

1 / 4 cup honey

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 1 / 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1. Cook bacon in a deep skillet or saucepan. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the pan and return to medium high heat.

2. Add onion and cook 3 to 4 minutes until somewhat softened. Add mustard, ketchup, honey, sugar, chili powder and paprika; bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes until somewhat thickened. Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional analysis for each serving 131 calories, 4 g protein, 24 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 529 mg sodium