Vinaigrette Basics

Posted by wine & Spice on 2/22/2018 to Dressings & Vinaigrettes
Salad Dressings and Vinaigrettes


A home made dressing or vinaigrette is so simple to make and the taste is out of this world.  On top of that, you know exactly what it is in it, so healthier too!  We have a terrific selection of spice/herb blends that will make your dressings and vinaigrettes something you will be proud to serve to family and friends.

You can use just about any of the MSC blends.  The combinations are endless, your imagination is the limit.  We would love for you to share your favorite recipes.


Vinaigrettes
Basics

To make a vinaigrette you need 5 ingredients.  An oil, an acid, a Milford Spice Company Herb/Spice Blend,  flavoring and, if needed, a sweetener.

OILS

Olive Oil
Canola Oil
Sesame Oil
Nut oils
Avocado Oil
ACIDS

Rice Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice

MSC BLEND

Wordhouse Wow
Dillicious
Seoul City BBQ
Zahtar
Mediterranean
FLAVORINGS

Garlic
Mustard
Shallots
Ginger
Soy Sauce
Tahini

SWEETENER
& OTHER

Jams/Jellies
Preserves
Sugar
Salt
Pepper

Basic recipe is 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar (play with ratio to see what you like, half and half is a popular ratio also).  For example, to make a 1/4 Cup Wordhouse Wow vinaigrette you would use 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar, 1 Tsp Wordhouse Wow and a pinch of salt.  Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes for the herbs to bloom.  Simple and delicious!  


Salad Dressings
Basics

Although vinaigrettes are technically a dressing, we generally think of more a creamy base for this. You can use the above chart for the basic combinations.  Substitute the Oils for a Creamy base. You can use mayonnaise, buttermilk, yogurt or almond milk.

Making A Great Salad
Tasty and Healthy

To make a great salad you need to please all your senses.  You need leafy greens, veggies and fruits, and crunchy elements for texture.  If you are making your salad a meal, you need protein.

LEAFY GREENS

Lettuce
Arugula
Spinach
Kale
VEGGIES

Cucumber
Tomatoes
Radish
Carrots
Onion
Bell Peppers


FRUITS

Apples
Pears
Strawberries
Orange
Grapes
Mango
Pineapple
TEXTURE

Nuts
Croutons
Feta Cheese
Olives
Pomegranite Seeds
Beans
Tortilla Strips
PROTEIN

Chicken
Beef
Salmon
Shrimp
Cheese
Tofu
Eggs

So,  of course,  this table is a fraction of what you can use but it shows how to layer a great salad.



Beef and Vegetable Soup

Posted by Wine & Spice on 2/9/2018 to Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker

I loved the Perfect Chicken Soup so much I decided to make a Beef Vegetable Soup.  Once again I used the Instant Pot, but you can of course also make this on the stovetop or the slow cooker as well.


For my Beef Vegetable Soup I used the Awesome Onion Soup blend.  This is hand blended with minced onion, parsley flakes, turmeric, onion powder, celery salt, sugar and black pepper.  It is fantastic as a dip, great on roasts, potatoes and as a soup starter.  Today it is a soup enhancer, sooo good and very good for you!


I used the traditional Beef Vegetable Soup veggies for this, English peas, green beans, fingerling potatoes and carrots.  Add the quick cooking veggies almost at the end to keep them from getting mushy.


I also whipped up a caramelized onion grilled cheese sandwich to with soup.  Yum!



A glass of Merlot went very well with this meal.


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