- 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!