When possible I like to take a store bought version of the dressing to compare ingredients. But in this case I could not find a dressing similar enough for comparison. There were some creamy versions, but mine was more like a vinaigrette.

So without further ado...

Ingredients
1 chipotle pepper in sauce
The juice of 2 oranges
1/4 cup light flavored oil - this is my favorite go to light oil
~1 tablespoon honey - taste as you go, if you have very sweet oranges, you might not need so much honey
Pinch of salt

Directions
I used my food processor, but if you mince up the chipotle pepper very very fine (I guess the definition of mince) you can just whisk everything together.
Add everything to processor and mix.


You will get a wonderful orange-colored dressing with flecks of the pepper in it. It was one of the prettier dressings I have made.

I paired it with a salad of lettuce, cabbage, tomato, avocado and mango chunks. It was perfect! One of my favorites.

I have done a series of homemade dressings, suzyhomemaker sauces, where you can find all of them listed with links.





Roasted Garlic and Parsley vinaigrette - suzyhomemaker.net



Recently I roasted a couple of bulbs of garlic and had lots left over. You can read about it here. I decided to make a vinaigrette out of the garlic. I chose to pair it with some parsley from my herb garden. 

I like to compare my dressing recipes with a bottled versions. Many times there are ingredients that are unpronounceable in bottled versions. And those that you can pronounce, you just might not want to consume. Here is the ingredients list on a store bought roasted garlic dressing:




HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, DISTILLED VINEGAR, GARLIC JUICE, SALT, SUGAR, MUSTARD SEED, ROASTED GARLIC, BELL PEPPERS*, GARLIC*, SPICES, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE ADDED AS PRESERVATIVE, ONION*, ANNATTO COLOR, CALCIUM DISODIUMM EDTA ADDED TO PROTECT FLAVOR, CANOLA AND SESAME OIL. *DEHYDRATED
The first ingredient is sugar! Here is my version

~ 10 cloves roasted garlic (I started with 6, but wanted a stronger garlic flavor, so I threw in 4 more)
1 cup parsley leaves
~ 1/2 cup light tasting oil - this is my favorite
~ 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 pinch of salt

For this recipe I used my food processor. It would work just as well to mince the garlic and parsley and just whisk everything in a bowl.

Because doesn't everyone keep their dressing on the windowsill?

I have done a series of homemade dressings and sauces, you can find all of them listed with links.


I have done a series of homemade dressings and have included a tab above, suzyhomemaker sauces, where you can find all of them listed with links.



My latest homemade dressing is a combo dressing and sauce. I was making a salad with steak as the protein. I was trying to think of a good dressing to accompany it. Chimichurri sauce came to mind so I thought why not make it into a dressing.

Chimichurri sauce is a sauce originating from Argentina used on grilled meats. My friend Andrea is from Argentina. I hope she likes my version!

For my salad I included:
Red bell peppers
Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Red onion
Avocado
Romaine
Seared steak

The dressing/sauce
3/4 Cup olive oil
1 bunch Italian (flat leaf) parsley
2 cloves garlic - minced
1.5 Tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tsp cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
Couple pinches of salt and pepper
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar

Mix all ingredients and whisk!


The nice thing about this dressing is that it doubles as a steak sauce. 



There is nothing like the taste of sweet, smoky roasted garlic. The nice thing is that it is super easy to do.

Take a bulb of garlic.

Peel off most of the outer skin and cut off the tops.















Place in a muffin tin.















Cover garlic in olive oil.














Cut some aluminum foil into small pieces.



Cover garlic with foil. Place in a 375 degree oven for ~40 minutes.



Just out of the oven.


That is it. It is very easy to do and there are so many possibilities with roasted garlic. I think I see a roasted garlic homemade dressing in my near future.









If you have been following along, one of my April goals was to make a schedule for myself. I just wanted to get more organized.
I found on pinterest (where else) a daily housekeeping schedule that I really liked. It was from a website called timewarpwife. I loved the layout and the organization, but I did need to tweak it a bit to fit my household.


blue cheese balsamic salad dressing


This simple blue cheese balsamic vinaigrette recipe is a great salad dressing you can make quickly and easily with just a few ingredients on hand.

A few weeks ago my creamy homemade blue cheese dressing was posted over at Happy Hour Projects. I had a request from my brother to make a non-creamy version. The same day my sister sent me her version of creamy blue cheese dressing. So I took both into account and came up with a non-creamy blue cheese dressing. And I have to say, it is fabulous. I might like it more than my creamy one.

I was not even aware that there were blue cheese vinaigrettes on the market, but sure enough I found a bottled version. Here are the ingredients:

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Homemade butterscotch squares recipe


My absolute favorite candy from See's is the butterscotch square, and this is the homemade recipe version.  It is a sweet, brown-sugary square, with a bit of that grainy brown sugar texture and it is covered in milk chocolate. They are addicting.

I love See's candy. For those on the west coast, you should know what I am talking about. For those on the east coast, you may not have had the pleasure of tasting a See's before. There are a few around I have noticed. There is a kiosk at the Newark airport. Not really convenient, but none-the-less, they do exist on this coast.


Homemade Butterscotch Squares Copycat Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups brown sugar, packed (organic is best)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (reserve for later)
3/4 cup heavy cream (from grass-fed is healthiest)
6 Tbsp butter (grass-fed is healthiest)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
Milk chocolate for coating - I used one 11oz bag of chips
~ 1 tsp. Coconut oil (optional)


Directions


Line a 9X9. I love using this to line it.

In a large sauce pan combine 2 cups brown sugar, cream, butter and salt.

Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until it begins to boil.












Reduce heat to low and continue a slight boil for 15 minutes. Stir every couple minutes to ensure it does not burn.








After 15 minutes, add baking soda. At this point the mixture will lighten up and foam slightly. That is okay.

Remove from heat.








Next add the vanilla extract. When I added mine it began to boil. I guess the alcohol was cooking off.
Add the confectioner's sugar. Mix well until all the sugar has been mixed in well.









Add the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar.












Pour into lined pan and let cool for several hours. I made it 3 days ahead and just set it in a cool room until I was ready to cover it in chocolate.










Cut into ~1 inch squares.












Melt chocolate. About 1/4 of the way through covering the squares I realized that my chocolate was a bit too thick, so I added about a tsp of coconut oil to thin it out. It really made the chocolate go on much easier.








I tried several ways to cover the squares. In the end, I just ended up putting several squares in the chocolate, rolling them around, and fishing them out with a spoon.


Set on parchment paper and place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set. As you can see, some are nice and smooth, while others are kind of gloopy.









And the result...Fantastic. They taste just like the See's version. I cannot wait to make them again.

Homemade butterscotch squares - suzyhomemaker.net

I found this recipe online on several websites, in which it seems others just copied word for word. I would love to credit the original, but I am not sure who it is. I actually did not change the recipe (besides covering in chocolate) but I did put the directions in my own words.

UPDATE: When I originally found this recipe I could not tell who was the original source. Unfortunately, many people copied word for word from the original so it was hard to pinpoint who to credit. I did find the original source, but the website is no longer live (as of 12/14). 




Homemade butterscotch squares with brown sugar
So last month, one of my goals was to make homemade mayonnaise. I had attempted it once before and failed. I was determined to succeed since it seemed pretty simple with a nice short list of ingredients. I will say, it is pretty easy but takes patience.

I got out my trusty Fannie Farmer cookbook and followed the recipe in there.

Ingredients: (all at room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of cayenne
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice


Mix the mustard, sugar, salt, and cayenne. I actually did not have any dry mustard on hand.


 So I took some mustard seeds and put them in my coffee grinder and








 voila... dry mustard powder.








After mixing the dry ingredients I put them in my food processor. Add egg yolk and pulse, mixing thoroughly. Add vinegar and continue pulsing. Now to add the oil. Add 1 tablespoon oil a drop or two at a time. As you add the oil, constantly mix. I had one finger on the pulse button as I added the oil with the other hand. Once that oil is incorporated, add 1 teaspoon of oil at a time.

Make sure it is well mixed before adding more. This was the step that took a bit of time and needs patience. There are 36 teaspoons in 3/4 of a cup of oil and I would mix for 5-10 seconds after each teaspoon. So you can see it will take a bit of time. However, you will see the mixture begin to thicken up as you go along. It is very exciting.


Once all the oil is added, add the lemon juice. You can add more lemon juice if the mayo is too thick.

The result - a tangy, thick homemade mayo...Success!


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This latest dressing is a creamy version of the Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.
I took the cilantro lime vinaigrette and simply added 3 ingredients to transform it into a creamy spicy dressing. 

You may be tempted to just add some sour cream to make it creamy, but adding the additional spices to this really makes the flavor much better. Since sour cream is more bland, adding cumin and cayenne offsets the sour cream.

I wouldn't say this is spicy, but it definitely has a kick to it. 
~1 tsp cumin
~1 tsp cayenne powder
~1/2 cup sour cream

That is it. You may want to adjust the spices depending on how spicy you like things. I used this to make a southwest type salad. 




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