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My creamy Italian dressing is OK, but could be better....

Wow, yeah, pesto! I was wondering about incorporating basil. Thanks for the suggestion! And of course, using cream or milk instead of water will probably make a difference. I'm not a professional cook, just a wannabe, so thanks, I will try it and report.

May 23, 2012
quichelorraine in Home Cooking

My creamy Italian dressing is OK, but could be better....

Anybody have a great creamy Italian dressing recipe? I know "creamy" dressings add fat and calories to salads, but unless the dressing is really tasty, I tend to skip the salad. I find vinaigrettes just are too sour or bitter, and sting my teeth. A yummy dressing would really help me and DH to eat more salads and get those greens into our diet! Thank you!

If you're curious about what I'm making now, (so you can help me make it better,) here's the recipe I'm working with:

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice
2 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced

it seems there's something missing! There's a great pizza place near me that has an amazing creamy Italian dressing, and they just laugh when I ask for the recipe! Keeps me coming back for more and paying $7.50 for salad!!

May 23, 2012
quichelorraine in Home Cooking

Chili 911

Guess what, it kind of developed more color just as it continued to cook. The worst part was we tasted it and the grease level was just WAY too much. I poured off what I could, strained what I could, but the chili is very "fine" or 'smooth' as paprkutr said, so I wasted a bit down the drain, but saved a lot.

Yes, most of these suggestions definitely sounded "right," i.e. I might have tried them on my own, just wanted to see if it was possible! Goody, because I hate throwing away food! And Paulj, I have to admit I use a prepared chili powder.

Browning in the oven, more chili, tomato sauce or paste, cocoa, coffee, stout, all great suggestions which I will choose from and try tomorrow. Awesome ideas folks. Thanks for all your help.

So far I love the level of spice I used and the fine grain of the meat cooked this way, but I'm not sure I would do it again. Unless I used a meat with a VERY low fat content...aha, maybe ground turkey breast! I'll let you know the final result, however, with this fatty beef and lean ground pork version.

Nov 03, 2010
quichelorraine in Home Cooking

Chili 911

OK Hounds, I really screwed up this time! While watching some Oklahoma cook make his signature chili on that "diners and drive-ins" show, I got the idea to just throw everything together in a pot; meat, spices, onions, garlic, even whole canned tomatoes, and start slow-cooking without browning the meat first (as I have always done my whole entire life.) The way this guy on TV did it, the meat seemed to break up into small granules, and his chili (minus beans) got dark and red and smooth and rich and delicious looking. I must have missed a step, because my chili is, as you might predict, pale, greasy, and disgusting looking, as it has no color except kind of pinkish-grey (I used beef and pork.)

Do I just cut my losses and throw this mess in the garbage, or is there any way to salvage it? Does anyone else here skip the browning step and get all the color from chili powder, tomato sauce, other ingredients? I really wish I had a dog.

Nov 03, 2010
quichelorraine in Home Cooking

Take-out fried chicken in lower westchester?

To donnyp, I know I am checking this thread out a couple of months after the fact, but if you are on the south shore of long island and still looking for a fave fried chicken, we always loved the fried chicken at the Pathmark deli counter in Baldwin. (There was a place called Chicken Holiday in that town, up near the KFC, but I think it's gone now.) My boyfriend used to say "let's get KFC" and I would say "No way! Pathmark's chicken is much better, like homemade!" I haven't tried Popeyes, but they have opened in the past year in Baldwin, and they do a brisk business.

Aug 07, 2010
quichelorraine in New York State (exc. NYC)