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Old 08-15-2005, 08:34 AM   #11
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But the American descriptive appears now to be used all over the world. Any ready-made vinaigrette appears now to be called French Dressing. I don't get precious about what it's called, just that the bottled stuff often taste 'chemical-ly' to my tastebuds
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:39 AM   #12
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"French dressing" in the US is a sweet, tomato and mayonnaise-type sauce that one is expected to enjoy on lettuce.

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Old 08-15-2005, 09:22 AM   #13
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I tried to post on this thread yesterday evening, but I got up to go in the other room, and when I came back, I found my cat sitting on the keyboard of my laptop. I shooed her off, but couldn't get some of my letters to type. I finally figured out that she had managed to set the number lock, and after going through the instructions, finally figured out how to unlock it. Sheesh!

I make my own "French" dressing all the time by mixing Miracle Whip Lite, catsup, a dash of lemon juice and a shot of Worchestershire Sauce. It tastes lots better than the bottled stuff.
While it is rather plebian in character, kids and vegetable hating husbands love it, and it's a good way to get them to eat salads.

Here's a recipe for Russian dressing:

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chili sauce
1 teaspoon minced onion or chopped chives

Preparation:
In small bowl, stir mayonnaise, chili sauce and minced onion until well mixed.
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:42 AM   #14
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Constance - that's how I would make it also - equal parts of mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce or ketchup if you didn't have chili sauce. To make it into Thousand Island you just add pickle relish. I think Russian is the addition of chopped hardboiled eggs along with the pickle relish.

I'm sure a little onion juice, celery juice, white pepper versus black, salt, dry mustard would all enhance the creamy dressing and give it some depth.
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:10 AM   #15
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Methinks that sweet red dressing may have been a 50's or 60's concoction here in the US?!
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Old 08-15-2005, 11:22 AM   #16
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I remember those that were called "French" dressing, probably some of the first bottled here. One that I really like in summer, but hardly ever get is "Catalina". It has a very fresh taste if the salad is made up of lots of things and it isn't necessary to use much. Most of the time I use a mix that my sister brought back from Germany - some with basil, parsley, and a few others I don't recognize the name, but they taste great.
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Methinks that sweet red dressing may have been a 50's or 60's concoction here in the US?!
I agree marm - At least that's what marmalady and I were TOLD -
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