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Friday, January 14, 2011

It's not just a phase...

     Ok so I know,I know you've seen this one before ,oh but wait! You haven't seen this dressing before,only a dressing of similar color, a mason jar... and that same red bowl. Well ok,I'll give you that much,but what's inside that mason jar is what really counts. I 'm totally fine admitting I have a thing for mason jars and since I have 20 or 30 leftover from canning season,I have found new uses for them. All kinds of uses.
    Ok here goes: I put homemade salad dressings in them!  Novel I know. Blew you away. I have also become not just a fan of mason jars and their many uses,but of homemade salad dressing. Gosh it's a good thing. The newest salad dressing that has has me all in a tizzy is Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.
The recipe on the right is this mexican meatball soup,made that this past weekend. You'll hear more about it,very soon.So break out your cookie scoop!
      Oh, what an awesome cookbook. We've known this for years,oh say at least 75 years. They have all kinds of recipes in this big ol' book,one of them being the recipe for my new favorite dressing.Honey Mustard Vinaigrette! And! it doesn't have to go on just salads,although I encourage eating darks greens. They are good for you and packed with all kinds of vitamins,mmm lets see vitamins A,C,K folate,iron and calcium. You dress those good-for-you greens up in this dressing and that salad looks real good right about now. But back to the dressing...
       Let's talk honey,honey. The recipe calls for honey,now there's a show-stopper.We picked this jar on a trip back in the fall and it came in real handy for this recipe.It's rich,sweet and the sweetness held intact by a piece of the honeycomb that sits inside that little jar.The honey mellows out this next ingredient: whole grain mustard.
     The real treat of this vinaigrette is the whole grain mustard. It's hearty with the depth of the mustard seed and tangy with a splash of white wine vinegar. The combination with the honey really is so dang good,oh what a pair. I've now used whole grain mustard in a few recipes and have definitely become a fan!
    Now go find you some dark leafy greens and make you up a jar of this vinaigrette. You'll love it and your salad.
Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Makes a generous 1/2 cup
Ingredients and Directions,all in one!
(Love love love The Joy of Cooking!)
1. Whisk together in a small bowl:
 2 TBL fresh lemon juice
 1 TBL white wine vinegar
 1TBL honey,or to taste
 1 TBL coarse-grain mustard,or to taste
 Salt and black pepper to taste
2.Add in a slow, steady stream,whisking constantly :
  6 TBL extra-virgin olive oil
Taste and adjust seasonings.

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