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Old 11-16-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Your Favorite Bottle Dressing

I love to make all my dressing homemade, but every once and while I have to buy a bottle of paul newman creamey caesar or the honeyFrench- which I can't remenber if that kraft or someone esle make that one, I don't have a bottle on hand to check.

What is a bottle dressing of your choice.

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Old 11-16-2010, 08:48 AM   #2
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I keep a selection of all the basic flavors: Ranch, Italian, French, Thousand Island. I like to add bleu cheese to Ranch, because bottled bleu cheese dressing doesn't have enough of the cheese for me.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:57 AM   #3
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I keep a selection of all the basic flavors: Ranch, Italian, French, Thousand Island. I like to add bleu cheese to Ranch, because bottled bleu cheese dressing doesn't have enough of the cheese for me.
Ditto!

Substitute Creamy Parmesan for the Italian, and we'd have the very same, including the Bleu Cheese/Ranch combo.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:04 AM   #4
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Annie's Naturals Asian Salad Dressing

I'm a sucker for any soy sauce, ginger, sesame combination.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #5
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it's a toss up between ken's reserve creamy balsamic, and marie's blue cheese yogurt dressing.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:40 AM   #6
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What's that?

I haven't bought one in more than 35 years. Got started making my own back in the day when Good Seasons sold those glass cruets and the little packets of mix. (Who else remembers those?) Then "graduated" to an empty mustard jar that I start with when the mustard is all but gone. Add a finely chopped clove of garlic (or not), juice of a lemon, twice as much extra virgin olive oil and a pinch each of fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper. That's the daily vinaigrette. We make special ones for special salads or occasions.

I have a big feature in my book about making salad dressings. Once you've had fresh, it's hard to think about a bottled one.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:52 AM   #7
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Hidden Valley makes a spicy ranch that I always use for taco salads. IMHO, Hidden Valley makes the best ranch dressing on earth :)
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:18 AM   #8
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I like mixing italian and blue dressing together but I much prefer anything homemade.


x2 on the Hidden Valley ranch being the best ranch next to homemade
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
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There is an Italian restaurant called La Cantina near my parents house. They make their own dressing and have been known for it for years. There was a big lawsuit a number of years ago because only two people know the recipe. One of those people left the restaurant and opened a new one down the street and surprise surprise their dressing tasted just like La Cantinas. the original owner ended up winning the lawsuit and the other guy was forced to stop using that recipe.

They sell their dressing all over now. I know our local supermarkets carry it, but if yours do not then you can find it online. It goes by the name Fanny's.

On a side note, about Kens dressing. I was at a temp agency years ago and they sent me to a job at the Kens plant in my town. I was there for 10 minutes before I was so grossed out that I had to leave. I could not eat Kens dressing for many years after that experience. Kens was not doing anything wrong so don't get scared. it was just seeing such huge amounts of dressing all in one place and all the smells combining and the floor being covered with dressing and the noise and everything just really did a number on me.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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lol, gb. i guess the idea of people in hair nets and lab coats stirring huge vats of stuff isn't what we like to think of when eating factory made foods.

that reminds me of a friend's story of when he worked in a pickle factory.
on monday mornings, when a batch of pickles was removed from the vats, the bits that broke off were ground down to make relish. while the workers were bottling the good pickles, rats would get in to the vats to eat the leftover bits.
then, the workers would fire up the grinders to make the relish, he said you could hear a few squeals.
i've never eaten store bought relish to this day.
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