If you make a habit of reading the labels on bottles of a store-bought salad dressing — including the fancy ones — you are unlikely to find olive oil on most ingredient lists. This is partly a matter of cost, but it’s also a matter of taste.
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As the year draws to a close and January 1 begins to loom in a slightly ominous fashion, you may find yourself examining the food choices you made in 2018. Obviously you should regret nothing, but if all this reflection leads to hankering for a salad or two, we have quite a few resources to make sure it’s the best salad possible (including a bacon fat vinaigrette).
During this season of candy and comfort food, eating a vegetable almost feels like a treat, particularly if it’s a raw vegetable. But unless it’s well dressed, consuming a pile of plant parts (also known as a “salad”) can be a lacklustre affair, which is why I’m thrilled to tell you the good news about this whole-kumquat dressing — a sunny, refreshing salad pal to help reset your palate and soothe your internal organs (allowing you to get back to cookie eating).
Liquid smoke, an additive that imparts a charred wood flavour to food without using a smoker, has been dismissed as both "cheating" and "nasty" but, if used with a delicate hand, it can produce some tasty results.. I love liquid smoke in my apartment-approved, smoke-free, sous vide ribs, but it has other clever uses, none of which have anything to do with meat.
The recipe for McDonald's Big Mac sauce was allegedly leaked online last year. It is - as most mass-produced sauces are - a long list of oil, corn syrup, stabilisers, emulsifiers, flavourings and preservatives. It's (kind of) interesting, but not exactly helpful for those who want to replicate the sweet and tangy special sauce for their burgers at home.
I put a lot of unnecessary items on my wedding registry, including a set of violently green margarita classes, but the most unnecessary item was this weird salad dressing bottle, which had a little handle you could squeeze to stir and emulsify the dressing. I honestly don't know how it got on there, but I assume it had something to do with that damn registry gun, and how powerful I felt with it in my sweaty little hand.
It seems like the number one tip from any show about dressing yourself is always the same: get your clothes tailored. That's a great idea and all, but it means you need to actually have a tailor, and finding the right one is of the utmost importance. Luckily, clothing expert Alison Freer has some great tips on how to just that.
Cauliflower is a really awesome vegetable that can be used to replace carbier fare in recipes. If you can't or don't eat bread, but still want a flavorful, homey side for your turkey, consider making this cauliflower "stuffing" from delish. (Technically I think this would be a "dressing," but I'll let it slide.)