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Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Mealtimes have felt EXTRA boring for about a week now… I’m in a rut. I mean, I think we all know I have breakfast down pat. Lunch is no problem… I just eat soup because no one else will and I LIKE IT. I have no problem at all feeling creative with desserts or snacks. Those things are always fun. It’s dinner that is reeeeeally gettin’ me down.

I’m bored with chicken.

I’m bored with the grill.

I’m bored with pasta. And rice. And potatoes.

All the vegetables at the grocery store looked super boring on Sunday morning, but I may have been temporarily blinded by the giant-sized Pumpkin Spice Latte that accompanied me around the produce section. Sidenote: there were NO BANANAS at the supermarket. Not even one. Is there a banana shortage that I am totally unaware of?

Even Pinterest has failed to provide me with inspiration. That’s bad, right?

creamy balsamic vinaigrette

So until I figure something out, I’m going to share something with you that is the opposite of boring: Creamy balsamic vinaigrette. And THIS (I just can’t stop looking at this… it never ever stops being funny).

Anyway… this dressing is completely awesome! I love it. It makes carrot sticks interesting. Broccoli likes to dance around in it. Mixed green salads wanna swim in this stuff. I might have soaked a bit of it up with a pinch or two of whole wheat bread. Annnd I may have drizzled a little over Chad’s sandwich at lunch to see if he’d notice. He did. It’s his new favorite thing. I’m thinking I’ll try it as a marinade as soon as I make friends with chicken again. It’s only a matter of time.

So I’m trying extra hard to drum up some creative dinner energy. And until I come up with a few new somethings, we’re gonna be eating this dressing on everything.

If you have any suggestions, I’m wide open!

Creamy Balsalmic Vinaigrette (from THIS recipe at My Life as a Mrs)

4 cloves garlic, very very finely chopped

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon spicy or dijon mustard

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons Morton’s Nature’s Seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

3/4 cup olive oil (extra light is recommended)

Whisk together all of the ingredients EXCEPT the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. When they are well-combined, whisk in the balsamic vinegar and then gradually whisk in the olive oil.

balsamic vinaigrette


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

September 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

This Is A Test…

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This is a test. Sugar Dish Me is conducting a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Remember this is only a test.

simple salad using leftover chicken
I am out of the kitchen for the next day or so. Please CLICK HERE to find out why. In my short absence I would like to contribute this really simple recipe for Honey Mustard Dressing. It’s sweet and mustardy and wonderful. Drizzle it on your salad, dunk slices of crispy fried chicken in it, or spread it on your turkey sandwich…

Honey Mustard Dressing (adapted from Alton Brown)


5 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons spicy mustard

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1-2 tablespoons lowfat mayonnaise

To Make

Whisk together all ingredients, adding mayo last, a tablespoon at a time to desired consistency

Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

July 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

Posted in Dinner, Lunch

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This Salad’s A Winner

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I think about half of my readers have lost their interest in blogging, gone on vacation, or moved on to pursue other interests. After I’d been at this for a few months I collected a handful of devoted friends who religiously visited me here, left happy comments, advice, links, and opinions. I enjoyed reading their posts, borrowing and tweaking recipes, learning a little more about them.

As summer approaches, the weather is warmer and life is in general a little bit more sunny, I’ve noticed that a pretty good chunk of bloggers have gone missing. No new posts. No comments. No nothing.

Perhaps blogging was a New Year’s resolution that fizzled? Or work got crazy? Maybe the missing bloggers are all training to run a marathon? Got zapped by a UFO? Planted a vegetable garden and decided to work full time as a scarecrow? Stopped commenting altogether because WordPress is generating hundreds of subscription emails everytime you contribute to something? Whatever the rhyme or reason, they’ve gone someplace outside this realm of interaction.

Along the way, though, a few new friends showed up, complete with new blogs to read, comments to share, and awards!!! When I was passed my first award  earlier this year, I was so excited! I think it is a very high compliment when peers find you worthy of praise. Sometimes awards are admittedly cheesy. Lots of people choose not to participate. But in my experience they do one thing that’s always great: awards provide links to blogs that I may not otherwise have come across. It is my favorite way to find new reads.

Nickki T. @ Cookie’s Cakes & Bakes nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award last week, and I was so glad she wandered this-a-way. Thanks, Nickki! You should check out what Nickki has to say, not because I said so, but because of the Raspberry Red Velvet Cake.

Liebster Awards only ask that you nominate 5 (ish) blogs with less than 200 followers…

A Few Little Blogs I Love:

Thought’s Appear’s Blog – Thoughtsy’s posts never stop making me laugh. I may attempt baking some from-scratch Pop-Tarts to leave in her comment box.

Rock Salt – Carol Anne bakes and cooks and bakes some more. She made a Death Star Cake and turns out many gorgeous loaves of bread.

Peri’s Spice Ladle – Just showed up on my radar a day or two ago! Indian Food complete with majorly mouth-watering photos. She had me at Indian Food.

Little Grey Box – was recently Freshly Pressed and is probably waaaaay beyond my little Liebster Award, but she wrote a whole post on words that get on her nerves.

If you choose to accept the award and re-post on your page, just link it back to me. You can snag the pretty Liebster Badge from my Awards & Recognition page. If you aren’t all awardsy that’s cool, too. I think you’re awesome anyway.

For the alien abducted readers: let your captors know I miss you. And have them make you a salad.

This looks like an awful lot of dressing, I know. But it’s just salsa and low fat sour cream before I tossed it all completely together. The oil and vinegar in the pico may be enough flavor for you. Just chop all of your greens into bite-sized pieces and dice all of your other vegetables. Pictured here:

  • romaine lettuce
  • iceberg lettuce
  • green bell peppers
  • red onions
  • rinsed black beans
  • thawed frozen corn
  • cucumbers
  • poached shredded chicken

For the Pico de gallo


roma tomatoes, finely diced

red onions, finely diced

jalapeno peppers, seeds removed, finely diced

lots of fresh chopped cilantro

garlic powder

onion powder


black pepper

salad oil (canola or olive both work well)

red wine vinegar

To Make

I don’t measure these ingredients. Ever. Start with the tomatoes and then add onions until the color and consistency is to your liking – onions will be about 1/3 the volume of tomatoes. Add the jalapeno peppers to your own taste. Throw in the cilantro (we like LOTS of cilantro). Toss these together and then dust with garlic and onion powder. Toss to coat. Be sparing with the salt. Then sprinkle in the black pepper. Toss again. Use equal parts of oil and vinegar. Stir until everything is evenly incorporated. Taste and adjust accordingly.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

May 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

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