Dried Currant and Anchovy Salad Dressing

Since I’ve been back from the road trip in Denver I’ve been eating a lot of salads.  Otherwise known as; trying to compensate for sitting on my ass in a car all day while going out to eat western fare every night.  This dressing is practically infallible and you should adjust to taste.  I like tangy things so I might add more vinegar than your palate might allow.  Currants might add enough sweetness for you so lighten up on the honey.  If you ever see Argo Tea on the shelf, pick a flavor and buy it just for the bottle.  It’s the perfect size and shape for salad dressings (pictured).  Also I love the new triple washed baby kale and baby spinach combo from the grocery store.  It makes it a “power-salad” effortlessly.  Blanched green beans will make you feel like you’re in a Parisian bistro. Sweet onions aplenty.  Etc. Etc. add what you like.

So here’s my first published recipe.  Enjoy.

  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic (microplaned or chopped)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of preferably white balsamic vinegar (Or one of your choice)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard (I prefer Maille)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste or 1 or 2 canned anchovies
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons dried currants or raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon honey or 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

For added flair add some of the lemon zest.  For an herbal version add tarragon or parsley.

To simplify just throw everything in the blender so you don’t have to chop the garlic.

The above makes enough for 2-3 servings.

Roadtripping Seattle to Denver.

Eat up the fluorescent ochre of the Wyoming landscape.  These two pictures are just outside of Casper. From one traffic clogged city to another there were clear roads from here to there.  It’s remarkable how sparse Montana and Wyoming are.  (Missoula MN, a pretty hip town sports a population of 65,000; Billings ups them at 110,000.  Casper WY checks in at 60,000.)  In between there’s virtually nothing going on for miles.  Forgive me, groundhogs checking your shadow, your theater dominates these parts! Beautiful black cows sleeping in the sun, you rule!

I would love to create a dish using this palette. Saffron and blueberries?  I’m going to sleep on it.

Me Moms and I stayed in each of these towns guiltily enlisting the help of Yelp to root out good meals. Based on customers’ experience the reviews are to be taken in context as “the best gyro in the world” in Missoula was truly mediocre.  Big Dipper in Missoula was truly a revelation. The concept is in the Snack Dragon genre—running late at night with indie music perking things up while western hipsters serve up bountiful scoops of homemade ice cream—The Mint Oreo atop Salted Maple Walnut was the possibly the best thing i ate on the whole roundtrip trip.