Archive | July, 2012

Salad Dressings

17 Jul

My mother used to make a dressing that i still love– simple simple– lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
At Dana C’s house– we used to have olive oil, balsamic and parmesan.
Salad dressing changes the flavor of the whole salad. So in additon to the ol’favorites– I’ve been trying out some new ones lately. What I love is how easy these are to make – just throw contents in jar and shake (except carrot ginger and caesar which require blenders). Super fast & fresh.

Butcher & Baker dressing
Ina’s red wine vinagrette
Chuck’s chopped salad dressing

Carrot Ginger dressing

I have long been major fan of ginger dressings– like you find at japanese restaurants. I found a bottled brand that i like– but after the earthquake, it was briefly discontinued. Though it came back- once you start making your own- it is hard to go back to buying.

a Real Simple Recipe. Reed sent me this recipe.
1 cup sliced carrots (about 2 large- or a handful of minis)
1 small shallot, sliced
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced [i grated it]
1/4 cup white miso [would recommend sticking w. white- but i used mostly red miso and worked fine]
2 tablespoons rice [wine] vinegar [reed says sometimes uses a splash of white vinegar and water]
3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/3 cup canola oil [i used grapeseed oil][reed uses mostly lemon juice instead of oil]

Place the carrots, shallot, ginger, miso, vinegar, and sesame oil in a blender. [i used my immersion blender and the smoothie/measuring cup it came with.] Blend, scraping down the sides as necessary, until very finely chopped, about 1 minute.
Add the canola oil and blend until nearly smooth, about 30 seconds. If necessary, thin the dressing with up to 2 tablespoons water. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Tastes great on raw kale!

Honey-Tahini dressing– i usually halve the recipe below. Came across this one on good ol’google. It is from
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup tahini
2 tablespoons honey
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
fresh ground pepper

combine all in a small bowl, jar or blender. and salt and pepper.
[a strange thing happens when you make this- it starts w. half liquid, half tahini- and the second you shake it up it gets super thick. i usually thin with a tablespoon of water or so before putting on salad- to reach dressing consistency again]


Banana Cream Pudding

10 Jul

Guest Post by Jessica P.

Here I present to you, Snackbacko fans, the recipe for Magnolia Bakery’s Famous Banana Pudding. It seems like I have been making this consistently once a year around spring or the start of summer since you don’t need an oven, is great for parties (it makes so much!) and seems so weather appropriate. Finding a pretty way to serve it is fun – try Martini glasses that may or may not be hanging around your workplace along with a glass trifle bowl…

*Note– you have to start this recipe ahead of time as it requires several hours of fridge chill time.

Banana Cream Pudding

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1½ cups ice cold water
1 (3.4-ounce) package Jell-O instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups heavy cream
1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers
4 cups sliced ripe bananas
Pudding: Phase 1

On medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together sweetened condensed milk and (remember: ice cold) water until well combined for about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat for about 2 minutes or until combined. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight

Pudding: Phase 2

On medium speed of an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form to make whipped cream. Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well blended, making sure no streaks of pudding remain.


It is best to use a large wide bowl (preferably glass) with a 4-5-quart capacity. Cover the bottom of the bowl with one-third of the wafers, then one-third of the bananas and then one-third of the pudding. Repeat the layering twice more. Feel free to garnish the top with wafers or wafer crumbs.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours (the longer the better so that the wafers get soft).

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