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  1. Monday, March 24, 2014

    Creamy Tomatillo Dressing

    If you live in the western U.S. (and now Virginia or Maryland, too!), you’ve probably heard of Cafe Rio. It’s a Mexican food chain with the best darn pork barbacoa and creamy tomatilla salad dressing you ever did eat. Seriously, that dressing is downright drinkable.

    creamy tomatillo dressing (cafe rio knock off) from @janemaynard

    My cousin Jamie and her family visited us last week. One night we made fajitas for dinner and Jamie whipped up some of the Cafe Rio dressing. It was mighty fine! Honestly, I can’t remember exactly how Cafe Rio’s dressing tastes, but Jamie says this recipe nails it! I did a google search and there are a bunch of blogs and websites with almost the exact same recipe posted, so I have no idea who the source is. But Jamie and I discussed the recipe and realized that she regularly changes up some of the proportions, so we made it our own. Also, I am changing the amounts because the original recipe makes about 30 ounces of dressing! That is a whole lot of dressing that, quite frankly, is more than our family needs.

    creamy tomatillo dressing (cafe rio knock off) from @janemaynard

    This dressing is delicious served over salad or as a sauce topped on tacos, fajitas and burritos. Go crazy!
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  2. Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing/Sauce

    I love honey mustard.  In fact, I went through a phase in college where if there was something with honey mustard on the menu, I always ordered it.  In fact, it was overkill.  I’m not so obsessed these days, but it’s still a favorite sauce and dressing for me.

    I love Ken’s Steakhouse Honey Mustard Dressing.  But last night it was all gone.  I was making chicken paninis and really wanted honey mustard.  I’ve tried to make it in the past, but it wasn’t very good…of course, that was pre-Internet when you couldn’t find 2 million recipes in 2 seconds. So last night I found this recipe and it was delish.  I even crossed the Ken’s honey mustard off my shopping list today – sorry Ken!

    Honey Mustard Dressing/Sauce
    Prep time
    Total time
    Recipe type: Sauce
    • ½ C mayonnaise
    • ¼ C mustard
    • ¼ C honey
    • 1 T rice wine vinegar
    • Dash salt
    • Dash of black pepper (the original recipe calls for cayenne, but I usually go with black in this recipe since my kids are eating the sauce with me)
    1. Whisk and enjoy!
    2. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

  3. Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    Raspberry Vinaigrette

    Raspberry Vinaigrette
    Cuisine: Side Dish
    • 2-4 tablespoons raspberry preserves (experiment with apricot or other fruits)
    • 4 tablespoons apple cider (or white wine) vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
    • coarse salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • pinch of sugar
    • a little Dijon mustard
    1. Whisk all ingredients together and adjust seasonings to taste. Keeps for about a week in the fridge.