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Cook the Book: Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette, Two Ways

In his latest cookbook, Michael Ruhlman has included a dressing model that every home cook should try: Lemon-Pepper Vinaigrette, Two Ways. It's a tangy dressing made from lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, Parmigiano, and pepper that can be whisked up in just a few minutes or transformed into a stand up Caesar with the addition of an egg yolk and a few anchovies. It's the sort of light, lemony dressing that gently coats leaves of crisp romaine perfectly, making for a salad that acts at a simple, bright palate awakener, and of course, a brilliant accompaniment to Ruhlman's Perfect Roast Chicken. More

The Secret Ingredient (Dijon Mustard): Simple Vinaigrette

You can be as fancy as you like in the kitchen, but if you don't know the basics, you'll never get anywhere. And one basic I have been working on for a long time is the perfect basic vinaigrette. I've written a million and one times about the restaurant Le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris, which now has an outpost (as yet untested by me!) in New York. It's a steak frites place, but they bring you this amazing green salad with mustard dressing and walnuts to start, and it was that dressing I was dying to emulate. More

Kitchen Tricks: Squeeze Bottles with Built-in Recipes

My wife loves salad dressing, particularly the that I keep in constant supply in a squeeze bottle in the fridge. I know the recipe by heart, but problems arise when I'm out of town, my wife has a brand new box of arugula, and the dressing's just run out. Here's a little trick I devised to make sure that never happens again: just write the recipe directly on the squeeze bottle. More

The Food Lab: What's the Point of a Vinaigrette?

For me, the big question about vinaigrettes has never really been "how?" but "why?" Is emulsifying the oil and acid really necessary? Does adding the olive oil and the vinegar to the salad bowl individually really make for an inferior salad? Could every red-sauce Italian joint with oil and vinegar jugs in the world be wrong? Well, stranger things have been true. I decided that a bit of hard-core kitchen work was in order. More

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