Sunday, June 10, 2012

"TOP SECRET" Family Recipe

I bet you have all been waiting with 'baited breath' for me to reveal our "TOP SECRET" Family Recipe, ever since I referred to it in my last post about making peach vinegar.

First, before I reveal our family recipe (and risk the wrath of my family for revealing this secret recipe ;-), I thought that I should give you a little background first....


Okay, so now you are probably asking what the picture of the lady, above, has to do with the recipe.

Well, it was her homemade salad dressing recipe.  To be honest, I don't know where she got the recipe or if she created it herself.

So, who is this woman?
Her name was Ruth A. Smith and she was my grandmother.

My dad was her only child.  At one point, their family lived in Phoenix in the 1940's during the war and she worked in a factory that made airplane parts.  I call this photo 'Rosie the Riveter'.

She was a wonderful grandmother and loved spending time with us...


Yes, that is me on the far right with my 'boy' haircut.  My sister, Jennifer is sitting next to me and my grandmother is holding my brother, Scott (my youngest sister, Grace, hadn't been born yet).

When we were young, we spent a couple of summers in Germany with them, where my grandfather worked.

Later, they moved back to the States and settled in California where we lived.

Now, my grandmother wasn't a great cook - however, she wasn't bad either.  

When we would visit them - we would have the same menu each time, which included:

- Roast Beef (it was always a bit dry) with potatoes and salad
- Ground Beef Patties with a vegetable that we hated (squash) and salad

After dinner, we always had a 
VanDeKamps' Angel Food cake with whipped chocolate frosting and vanilla ice milk.

The fact that my grandmother wasn't a great cook makes it all the more interesting that she made fabulous homemade salad dressing.

My siblings and I would reminisce about it and how much we loved it.

The only problem was that we never asked her how to make it and she had passed away over 10 years ago.

So a couple of years ago, I asked my mom if she could remember what ingredients grandma used in her salad dressing.

Thankfully, my mother was able to remember all the ingredients - just not the proportions.  So, I set to work to figure out the recipe and I was thrilled to finally get it!

Since then, it is all we use on our salads with a few different ingredients from time to time to change it up.

So, I am breaking all the family rules by sharing this with you (just kidding) - but seriously it is too good a recipe to keep to ourselves.

So here it is:

Grandma Smith's Vinaigrette


Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil (or other non-flavored vegetable oil - don't use olive oil)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar
 1 pinch Salt
3 - 4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar or other fruit-flavored vinegar (My Homemade Peach Vinegar is pictured above) 


 I've also used Pomegranate White Balsamic vinegar too.

Directions:
In a small jar add the salt, sugar and apple cider vinegar.  Then add the oil and place the lid on the jar and shake until all ingredients are combined.


Pour over your salad and enjoy!


You can copy and paste the recipe below if you like:

Grandma Smith's Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Canola Oil (or other non-flavored vegetable oil - don't use olive oil)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar*
 1 pinch Salt
3 - 4 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar or other fruit-flavored vinegar

Directions:

In a small jar add the salt, sugar and apple cider vinegar.  Then add the oil and place the lid on the jar and shake until all ingredients are combined.


Serve over your favorite salad!
*You can use Splenda instead of sugar if desired.

 I hope you enjoy our 'Top Secret' salad dressing!  Grandma Smith would be thrilled to know that I'm sharing it with all of you :-)
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1 comment:

A Daughter of the King said...

I loved reading your precious story of your grandmother. Doesn't it make you wonder what your grand kids will say about your food, someday? BTW she was beautiful and you look like her!

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