Archive for December, 2009


Shirley Temple

The Shirley Temple is a light and refreshing beverage that has earned its reputation as  the most popular “kiddie cocktail” available on barroom drink lists.  Supposedly concocted at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, this drink was named after one of its most popular guests.  Also known as a Grenadine Lemonade, the Shirley Temple is not only suitable for children but even the occasional teetotaler.

For a Roy Rogers, switch the amounts of the lemon-lime soda and ginger ale.

4 ounces lemon-lime soda
2 ounces ginger ale
1 teaspoon grenadine
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice

Pour the lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, and grenadine into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Garnish with the cherry and the orange slice.


Ranch Dressing

  Ranch dressing was made popular by the Hidden Valley dude ranch in Santa Barbara sometime in the 1950s.  Long before the Clorox company bought the formula and revised it several times to make it more shelf-stable, this dressing capitalized on fresh ingredients and the tang of buttermilk.  This recipe is adapted from the original formula that made ranch one of the most popular salad dressings today.  Though maybe not the flavor most are accustomed to pouring from a plastic bottle or mixing from a paper packet, the fresh and vibrant taste of this dressing is a perfect accompaniment to veggies and meats alike.

Clorox purchased the Hidden Valley Ranch brand in 1972 for $8 million.

Make a paste from smashing and finely chopping together:

• 1 garlic clove

• 2 pinches of kosher salt

Whisk paste together with:

• ½ cup buttermilk

• 1 tbsp. fresh parsley leaves, minced

• 1 tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped

• 1 tbsp. fresh chives, snipped

• 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

• 1 scallion, trimmed and finely sliced

• ½ cup mayonnaise (add 1 tsp. of white wine vinegar if using store-bought mayo.)

• ½ cup sour cream

• Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For a thicker dressing, add mayo or sour cream.

For a thinner dressing, add buttermilk

Use before the expiration dates of the buttermilk and sour cream.


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