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05-08-2008, 04:23 PM
My husband recently created the most addictive salad dressing I've ever had and he won't give up the recipe. :rant:

All I know for certain are two of the ingredients which include Cavender's Greek Seasoning and Olive Oil. He refuses to tell me the rest. I've tried everything including seduction and failed.

One day, I tried guessing at the ingredients while he was gone. It was a disaster. I nearly choked on whatever it was that I made. Too bad I threw it all away. I could have sold it as an external hemorrhoidal ointment.

My husband has a gift. He can make a great dish from out of his own creative thinking. When it comes to cooking, there is at least one thing I can do better than him. I can make gravy without lumps. :D

What is your level of culinary talent? Are you like me and have to follow a recipe or are you able to make a dish from your own creativity?


05-08-2008, 06:44 PM
Cavender's Greek SeasoningThis stuff is the best. Of course, I now buy the version without salt so I can vary the amount to taste...

The real question is, what does he use as the anti-separation agent/emulsifier? That's really the key.

05-08-2008, 07:55 PM
Hello SPMiller, :)

I just asked my husband what he uses to "keep it all together" and he said, "Everything has a price." .... smarty pants. :D


05-09-2008, 01:24 AM
Hmmmm, does he use Dijon mustard as an emulsifier? That's my first guess. For a starting point, I'd probably try a basic vinaigrette recipe and then add the Greek seasoning. Now I'm intrigued!

05-09-2008, 02:58 AM
Whatever it is, it sounds good. My mother was a total southern cook. She rarely followed a recipe and that's who I learned from. I just throw things together and rarely measure anything unless it's a cake. I'm big on spices and just keep "dumping" them in until I'm happy with the taste. My family eats alot of mystery meals that I give names to. I love to cook and my butt shows it!:D

05-09-2008, 03:13 AM
Gehanna, could he be sneaking in a pinch of sugar?

I tend to cook by taste and feel. Mr T-R seems to prefer the things that I cobble together from what I find in the pantry over prepared recipes.

05-09-2008, 03:31 AM
Offer him lots of really naughty sexual favors, and then see if he caves. Report back with further ingredients.

Soccer Mom
05-09-2008, 03:57 AM
Hello SPMiller, :)

I just asked my husband what he uses to "keep it all together" and he said, "Everything has a price." .... smarty pants. :D


I say you pay the man (and have a darn good time at it.)

Then report back here. ;)

05-09-2008, 04:17 AM
I'm going to give it a whirl.

I'm betting some fresh squeezed lemon juice, a couple of smashed garlic cloves, perhaps an egg yolk or a dollup of Greek yoghurt emulsified with some good olive oil. I would also add some fresh oregano, tarragon or even mint if I had it.

As for my own talents, I make up things on the spot and except for a few really spectacular failures, most turn out very well.

L M Ashton
05-09-2008, 05:23 AM
I'm curious about this salad dressing now... I'm looking forward to the results. :D

I follow recipes (sort of) the first time I make something new, but always make variations and modifications to suit my taste. But I also have a tendency of throwing things together as I think they'll work. Most of the time, it works, and only occasionally does it flop.

My brothers can't follow a recipe to save their lives, but cook by smell. You know, opening a jar and taking a whiff and tossing stuff in. It also works. They don't make spectacular food, but it's definitely edible to enjoyable. :) My sister is the same as me. I think it all comes from having to protect ourselves from our mother's cooking. :D

05-09-2008, 05:25 AM
I'd also like to know the recipe.

I experiment with different pancake recipes. I know it sounds simple, but it's an art.

05-09-2008, 05:28 AM
I do the same thing as L.M. Ashton. I follow the recipe the first time through, then start tweaking. I consider myself an okay cook, not great, but good enough to ensure that the results are edible most of the time.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-09-2008, 05:29 AM
You're right, Pam... it seems pancakes would be simple, but they're not. There's little worse than sitting down to a pile of 'cakes that look all fluffy and light and having them turn to lead weight in your gut.

Now... if you like garlic... I've got a recipe for something we like to call 'Atomic Salad Dressing...'

But I'm wanting that recipe of Mr. Gehanna's...

05-09-2008, 05:43 AM
Mustard is a great emulsifier, and fresh garlic is an exceptional ingredient, but I'm waiting to see if there's any twist to his recipe I haven't considered yet ;)

05-09-2008, 03:43 PM
When my husband gets home today, I'm going to have him read your responses. There's power in numbers. :D

I have a feeling that kikazaru may be very close and possibly spot on for the ingredients. We'll see if we can get my husband to confess.

Thanks to all of you for your responses.


05-10-2008, 04:48 PM
Hello, :)

The reason it took me so long to get back with the recipe is because my streak of accident prone actions continue. Because this is a cooking forum, I'll not post the details of the incident here. I'm trying to practice a bit of etiquette.

I was able to get a partial confession from my husband. By partial I mean he told me the ingredients but, not the measurements. This is not because he was being stubborn. It is because he cooks by taste.

There is no name for this recipe other than perhaps that stuff. This is because I will say, "Hey honey, will you make some more of that stuff again?" :D

Please keep in mind that we eat some strange things in Kentucky although, possum stew and road kill have not been on our personal menu. Those of you who are seasoned cooks ... lol, sorry I just couldn't resist the pun. Yep, I'm easily amused.

Anyway, for those of you who are seasoned cooks, let me know what you think of my husband's recipe. You can be honest with your reaction. It sounded so gross to me that I thought he was lying!! lol

The measure to taste recipe for That Stuff:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Cavender's Greek Seasoning
Apple Cider Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Ground Mustard
Green Olive Juice
Salt and PepperNext time, he wants to use Dijon as per MeowGirl's post.

The salad contains:

Iceberg Lettuce
Boiled Eggs
Green Olives
Green Onion
Shredded Cheese of Choice
Pepperoncini Peppers
Croutons of Choice
Parmesan cheeseIt really is very good but, I must warn you. If you eat this you'll become a household weapon of chemical warfare. Heh, so much for my etiquette.