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Blue cheese dressing recipe?

Well! After spending a few years looking for this recipe, I just Googled it again and look what turned up! I do not recall my godmother reducing the beer, but I can imagine what good things that would do to the flavor!

This is from the Cooking Channel in a recipe for wedge salad. I will be trying it out ASAP! Cheers!

For the Blue Cheese Dressing
1 bottle beer
1/2 cup Homemade Mayonnaise, recipe follows
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup crumbled Stilton cheese, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch coarse or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

To make the dressing: Put 1 bottle of beer in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let it simmer until the beer is reduced by half.
In a mixing bowl, put the mayonnaise, sour cream and crumbled cheese. Add 1/3 cup of the reduced beer, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, to taste. Mix well with a fork, leaving it lumpy.

Homemade Mayonnaise
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
4 cups canola oil or olive oil
1/2 cup water
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Dash kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Put the eggs and mustard in a food processor. While running the machine, slowly drizzle in the oil until it gets very thick. Add some water, and then continue with the oil. Shift back and forth between the oil and water. When all is added, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Jul 24, 2014
dsharrison in Home Cooking

Blue cheese dressing recipe?

My late godmother used to make a brilliant blue cheese dressing using beer. I never got the recipe from her. =(

Does anyone have a recipe like this or ideas about what ingredients to use to recreate it (besides the blue cheese and the beer)? I have combed the internet and not found a single blue cheese dressing recipe calling for beer. My guess is that the beer was a lager, although she lived in Germany for a few years and was acquainted with pilsners. Any ideas will be appreciated.

May 15, 2014
dsharrison in Home Cooking

Fabulous brunch spots?

So many tempting suggestions! So little time!

Fabulous brunch spots?

I'm looking for the best brunch spots in Vancouver. I've heard mixed reviews on Cafe Medina. Can anyone recommend others? Will be visiting in March.


My first dinner hosting the in-laws. Please help, I want to impress!!

Evie, sounds like you've got it covered! Lucky In-Laws! My main rule for entertaining anywhere from 2 to 50 is MAKE AHEAD! I cannot abide being stuck in the kitchen when everyone is having fun! Easy finger food for aperatif, first course salad OR soup, your main course plus a veg and dessert. Have fun!

Feb 02, 2012
dsharrison in Home Cooking

Eddie Ross' Minted Chocolate Buche de Noel recipe

Hi All,

Did anyone get the recipe for Eddie Ross' Minted Chocolate Buche de Noel - posted on Dec. 29, 2011? http://www.eddieross.com/ Apparently it was up for a while, but is not available now. Boo hoo! It's a gorgeious looking cake - chocolate sponge, mocha filling (it looks like to me) and a white frosting (white chocolate? white buttercream? cream cheese?). I'd kill for the recipe!


Feb 02, 2012
dsharrison in Home Cooking

Stop Bashing Paula Deen

I am so sorry that Paula Deen developed Type 2 diabetes. I don't want to bash her. The point is she has a very visible pulpit and could use it to help rather than to continue down the path she's on. I feel she's being disingenuous to continue with her high fat, high sugar cooking when she could be educating people. She can still do a Southern Cooking Comfort Food show for Sunday dinners (one example) or holidays - whatever... Just not everyday. I grew up on southern cooking but we did not eat the excessive meals she concocts on a daily basis.

Feb 02, 2012
dsharrison in Features

Is this an Alcohol Allergy?

You may have yeast growing in your stomach. My husband had a similar reaction for years before finding an allergist who figured it out. He had to give up alcohol. It can be aserious problem. Good luck figuring it out.

Jul 01, 2010
dsharrison in Spirits