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With A Vengeance

19 Nov

“My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”  Alfred Lord Tennyson

The above quote has nothing to do with cooking or recipes or today’s recipe which is for a mustard vinaigrette.  I liked the quote, however, (as I was looking up a suitable quote about strength) because whenever someone asks me why something works out for me I tell them it’s because my heart is pure.  Chortles follow my announcement.  Who needs friends!

The strength part of this entry is because I’m FINALLY back on track with my eating.  And as the title says, it’s with a vengeance.  And so I have a plethora of recipes to share, along with an occasional picture in case you’ve been living in solitary confinement eating gruel and can’t evasion what a certain food might look like.

Needless to say, which is one of my least favorite sayings, there will NOT be a picture with this entry.  It’s salad dressing.  It’s delicious, but you’re not going to get that from a picture.  Deal with it.

I love this dressing because:  it’s easy, it’s fast, it’s comparatively nutritious, and it’s been delicious on every salad I’ve eaten in the last week.  So I imagine it’s time to share the recipe.


1 T mustard, dijon or ground, I used ground

1 T olive or flax oil

1 t agave

1 clove garlic minced or pressed

1 T sherry vinegar – used some white balsamic which I had on hand

Fresh ground black pepper to taste


Put everything into a bowl and whisk it until it looks like salad dressing.  Pour it over your salad.  Eat.

Yes, you may double or triple this concoction if you’re dressing for a large salad and not at home alone, again, eating for one.  What’s with that?  Is it something I said?  Is it my cooking?  At any rate, while I obsess about my life and blow this minor issue into a full-sized pity party feel free to whip up a batch of mustard vinaigrette and fill your body with raw ingredients that will make you even more lovely.


The Grandma


Caesar Salad Dressing

22 Mar

“Fight apathy.  Or don’t.”  Graffito

Had a taste for Caesar salad dressing and I’m really into making my own.  Fortunately, I have a recipe and a blender.  That’s about all you need besides the ingredients.

But all did not go well.  I did end up with my dressing but it took a rather circuitous path to get to it.  And a bit of dressing on the cabinets, the front of my clothes, and on the copy of the recipe.  Note:  Make sure the blender (Vita Mix) is set on its lowest speed if you’re going to flick it on and quickly blend in something that you initially forgot to add. 


Recipe after blender mishap


Juice of two lemons

1 egg

6 anchovy filets

1 T worcestershire sauce

1 t chopped canned chipotle peppers

2 cloves garlic (I used one.  It was large)


1 cup olive oil

DISTRUCTIONS:  Place all of the ingredients except the olive oil into the blender and puree.  Slowly drizzle the oil into the blender.  Make sure the blender is running.  I take nothing for granted.

That’s it.  So why are you paying exorbitant prices for Caesar’s dressing that probably has unpronounceable ingredients in it!

THE REST OF THE STORY – The original recipe calls for 1 t canned chipotle pepper, which I left out in honor of my husband, Mike.  He doesn’t do spice.  The solution was to pour half of the mixture into a jar and then add the chipotle to the second half.  The second half was for me.


Into the jar!

This worked well.  I was about to pour my half of the dressing into a second jar when I noticed my new, unopened bottle of worcestershire sauce on the counter.  Yes, I forgot to add it.  It was then that I decided to add it and flick the blender on for just a few seconds without checking what speed the blender was set.  The rest is history.  I got to wipe down the front of my cabinets along with a multitude of other surfaces.  Looks good!

Loveya – The Grandma