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SPICY SOUTHWEST DRESSING

TIPS: Change sour cream and mayo for plain yogurt if you are counting calories You can add siracha if you like If you’re the kind of person that adds hot sauce to everything, this dressing might do you right. I love spicy food; I’ll say […]

ROASTED RED PEPPER AIOLI RECIPE

  I learned this “aioli” at a wonderful restaurant in Miami called The River Oyster bar. This roasted pepper aioli was on the menu to be served with fried calamari, and let me tell you, it was the best!! Aioli is a fancy word for […]

FRENCH DRESSING RECIPE

FRENCH DRESSING RECIPE

November 13, 2018
: 1 CUP
: 5 min
: 5 min
: 10 min
: EASY

Creamy in texture, light in calories and delicious on your salad. Take advantage of this dressing all year long.

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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup BALSAMIC VINEGAR
  • ½ tablespoon DRY TARRAGON
  • 1 teaspoon DRY THYME
  • 1 teaspoon GARLIC POWDER
  • 2 tablespoon BROWN SUGAR
  • 3 tablespoons PLAIN YOGURT
  • 3 tablespoons OLIVE OIL
  • SALT
  • PEPPER
Directions
  • Step 1 In a mixing bowl add the vinegar, tarragon, thyme, garlic powder, brown sugar and yogurt. Mix well until everything is combine and finally add slowly the olive oil.
  • Step 2 Transfer the vinaigrette to an airtight glass container and use it within 8 days.

TIPS:

  • You can use sour cream instead of yogurt if you are not too worried about calories

By now you know that I lived in New Orleans some of my college years and had the opportunity to see the Big Easy from a local perspective, and not just from the waisted bourbon street way. I do admit that my first year I spent a bit too much time in the French quarter getting acquainted with hurricanes, grenades and any beer special that the bars had to offer. Come on now, what was I supposed to do? Ignore the biggest party town in Southern Unite States? I don’t think so my friend, I remember my years in NOLA as some of the best of my life (don’t tell my wife), I really thought I was going to life there for the rest of my life, but then Hurricane Katrina happened and that was it for me, had to move out.

One of the perks of becoming a local in any town is that you start familiarizing yourself with the great whole in the wall places, the nice bars, the good restaurants and cafes that won’t break your bank. This recipe comes from one of my favorite places to eat in New Orleans, the place is called Le Madeline, and when I lived there, I was a regular customer, I mean twice a week regular.

All their food is amazing and I’m sure the restaurant had to open more than one location; I was a regular at the one on South Carrolton avenue. The place was full all the time, that is always a good sign, right?

My order would always change because I’ve always been the kind of person that tries new things, but the one thing that I always order was their spinach salad. This spinach salad had red onion and strawberries with the most delicious creamy dressing you can imagine. When I finally asked them, what was on the dressing, they just told me. The dressing was called, French dressing and it was made with traditional French herbs, balsamic, olive oil and plain yogurt.

Of course, I tried to make it a couple of times and failed miserably, that was before I learned to cook and knew what an emulsion means. Now, I know exactly how to make it and to keep it always stable, not only that, I’ve mastered this dressing to the point that I’m pretty sure is an exact replica of the one served at Le Madeline.

I hope they don’t mind I’m promoting their restaurant and sort of giving away one of their delicious recipes, but the thing is, you have to try it and if you’re ever at Le Madeline, taste their French dressing and let me know how mine compares to theirs.

In the meantime, get all your ingredients together and LET’S GET COOKING!!!

NICOISE DRESSING RECIPE

TIPS: Instead of olive oil, you can use mayonnaise to serve with shrimp cocktail or fried seafood This dressing gets its name from the salad that is made with, Niçoise salad is probably one of the most controversial salads in history, as we all know, […]

THAI PEANUT DRESSING RECIPE

TIPS: Warm the peanut butter and honey in microwave for 15 seconds to make it soft and easy to mix The dressing can also be a dipping sauce for beef or chicken skewers I had this dressing a long time ago, probably when I was […]

HOUSE DRESSING RECIPE

HOUSE VINAIGRETTE RECIPE

November 12, 2018
: 1 CUP
: 5 min
: 5 min
: 10 min
: SUPER EASY

Every house has a quick vinaigrette, just some few ingredients that you put together and call it a house dressing or vinagrette. Here's mine, enjoy

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
  • 2 teaspoons DIJON MUSTARD
  • 1 tablespoon ITALIAN SEASONING
  • 1/2 teaspoon KOSHER SALT and PEPPER
  • 1/3 cup OLIVE OIL
  • 1/3 cup CANOLA OIL
Directions
  • Step 1 In a mixing bowl place, the vinegar, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning and whisk in slowly the oils. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Step 2 Transfer to a glass airtight container and refrigerate, make to use it within 8 days.

TIPS:

  • You can make your own mix of herbs for this dressing

It took me like 3 restaurants to work for to understand that the House Vinaigrette or dressing is just a simple mixture of a few ingredients, pretty much all the same. I thought that the “house vinaigrette” was this special creation that the Chef keep hidden somewhere and only he knew the ingredients for this “secret” recipe. Turns out, every restaurant has a “House vinaigrette or dressing” and it’s always the same combination of oil, vinegar, herbs, salt and pepper.

So, now that we’ve uncovered this mystery, why don’t you go all fancy on your next dinner and present to your family your new “House Vinaigrette”. If you want to sound fancy at your house when visits come over, just serve them a few mix greens, add some veggies and toss them lightly with your own vinaigrette.

You can borrow mine if you don’t feel like creating your own, I’ll even share with you my Summer Salad Recipe.

All you’ve to do now is get your ingredients ready and LET’S GET COOKING!!

HERE IS THE RECIPE FOR MY SUMMER SALAD WITH HOUSE DRESSING