Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hard-Boiled Egg Dressing with Tarragon and Cornichons (Page 174)

LinkRECIPE #853

  • Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 -- 9pm
  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Dining Companion: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: B+

I chose this recipe to make last week because it had an Active Time of only 15 minutes (In case you are wondering if I am ever going to stop only cooking the 15-minutes-or-less recipes, the answer is yes -- tonight I made a real recipe: Robiola Pizza. And there are more real recipes to come in the near future.) But last week I was much too busy for my own good, so I was sticking with the quick recipes and this was one of them. This salad dressing was very simple: smush together 1 hard-boiled egg and one additional hard-boiled egg yolk. Whisk in mustard, tarragon vinegar, olive oil, chopped cornichons (tiny gherkins), minced fresh tarragon, salt and pepper. That's it! What you end up with is a very strongly flavored dressing. This would be too powerful for salad greens -- it is really meant to dress meat, or a hearty vegetable. I served this over steamed green beans, and that was quite tasty. I enjoyed the dressing. The egg gave it a lovely richness, and the cornichons added textural contrast and a bit of pickled flavor. I thought the tarragon was a bit too strong, but I often prefer a mild tarragon presence over a powerful one. Overall I thought it was a good dressing, and I would be interested in trying it served over some chicken, for instance.

Here is the recipe.

Today I voted! I found it very encouraging that I had to wait 30 minutes in line to vote at 9am a week before the election. Hopefully that means a lot of people are voting! Early voting is great. I don't know if the states I have voted in before didn't have early voting, or if I just didn't know about it, but it is a great way to make sure that you are able to vote. You never know what crazy circumstances could arise on election day, making it potentially difficult to vote, and I feel better knowing that I got my vote in early! I feel more invested in this presidential election than I have in any others (it seems like a lot of people feel that way actually). I donated money to the Obama campaign, and I have been trying to volunteer to help out on election day. I have filled out every web form there is and they haven't called me (so maybe I am a reject volunteer!), or maybe they will still call. I would like to be useful if possible -- especially since I have the privilege/responsibility of living in a swing state. (Side note: it's amazing actually that Indiana is a swing state in this election. That hasn't been true about Indiana in a long, long time. But this previously solid red state is now light pink or neutral on most of the electoral maps!) I am so excited (and cautiously optimistic) to see what happens next week!

If you live somewhere where you can vote early, and you haven't yet, you should do it!


maura said...

Yay for voting! As someone working in my local Obama office, I will guess that yours is swamped, being a swing state and all. I am in Palo Alto and we were calling Indiana this weekend trying to get out the vote, so your locals can knock on doors. Every day of the next week is so critical and any time you have will be welcome at your office. You're in Bloomington, right? Here, we are encouraging locals to drop in and give whatever time and as much time as they can and I'd guess that they are there as well. Don't wait for them to call you as they are likely spending a lot of time talking to undecided voters. Show up and see how you can help. If you need encouragement, you read my blog...I've been pushing people to volunteer for while now.

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Jessica said...

I, too, am in a swing state that usually isn't (Colorado), and that's super exciting! The only problem? On election day I will be out-of-state with a bunch of the other party...so I will either be the only happy one or the only sad one!

And I voted earlier this week--early voting is awesome!

Anonymous said...

another useful idiot voting for Obama

Anonymous said...

I agree that the political exuberance associated with voting for the cool young guy gets annoying (I doubt she'd brag about contributing if she were stumping for McCain, who is neither cool nor young), but it's her blog. To go on someone else's blog and call them an idiot because you find their opinions idiotic is what's idiotic beyond belief. Blogs are supposed to be egotistical. It's the person's fifteen minutes damn it.

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming "useful idiot" was used, not because the person thinks the blogger is an idiot but because of the term as used by Lenin. And when a blogger mentions politics in a blog, one opens themselves up to such comments.

Teena said...

Maura -- Yeah I suspect you are right that they are just swamped. I did finally manage to sign myself up for some volunteer time though!

Jessica: Yay for early voting!

Anon: Wow. Seriously? I am not a stupid person, nor a person who forms strong opinions without careful consideration and analysis. I believe strongly that Obama is the better choice for this country. Further, I think he is a good choice for this country. But still, I would never assume someone is stupid, or ill-informed, because they intend to vote for McCain. I am completely willing to acknowledge that there are intelligent, informed people on both sides of this political battle. That's what makes it so compelling. For you to assume that I am a "useful idiot," in the sense of Lenin or otherwise, solely because I support Obama just floors me. If you are going to fault me for backing a candidate I believe in then you and I have more differences than just our political parties.

Rachel said...

Anon: Yeah, I'm going to have to back Teena up on this one. She's definitely not stupid and/or an idiot. In fact, I'd bet a lot of money that she's smarter than you...though I don't know for sure since you didn't sign your name.

Anonymous said...

I'm not the idiot who wrote the idiotic thing about the useful idiot, but the "I'd bet a lot of money she's a lot smarter than you" is a tad childish and uncalled for.
Kudos to Teena, however, for writing a very gracious defense of her political stance.

Anonymous said...


1. I stumbled across your blog because of the WSJ article and love your culinary chronicles.
2. Keep doing your thing! Whoever called you an idiot for expressing your political beliefs is really just revealing something about himself/herself than you.

Anonymous said...

So after your "careful consideration and analysis" you determined either
a) Socialism is good for the United States
b) Barack Obama is not a socialist
Either way, you're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

to the anon above me:
a. what's wrong with socialism? the US is currently a social welfare state even now under bush...it's been like that under both republican and democratic parties. i seriously suggest you take a US history course before you start spouting off words you don't seem to understand.
b. barack obama is not a socialist in the communist sense...any more than you mom is. come on, did you or someone in your family not attend a public school or a state college or received a federally subsidized college loan? give us a break and stop being such a childish buffoon.

Anonymous said...

Time for the achievers to Go John Galt and let the socialists flounder.

Anonymous said...

oh right, that's why under a republican administration we're bailing out the over-achievers on wall street.

Anonymous said...

A bailout of companies who were forced to follow a law requiring them to give bad loans under the guise of helping the poor. Yeah, socialism works. No wonder people were clamoring to enter the Soviet Union under Stalin...

Anonymous said...

just because obama shared some toys with other kids when he was 5 doesn't make him a communist. that would be like me saying mccain is nazi sympathizer because he's white. give me an effing break. you speak using only extreme examples. last time i checked, the world was not black and white. you're either color blind or simple minded.

Jessica said...

I didn't know that whole conversation happened after I commented early. I don't understand the anger. Close the webpage. People who anonymously hide and act like jerks on the internet are obviously losers.