Friday, August 13, 2010

Green Goddess Dressing (Page 173)

RECIPE # 1194

  • Date: Monday, August 2, 2010 -- 7pm
  • Location: East Lansing, MI
  • Kitchen: Our New House
  • Fellow Chef: Matty
  • Recipe Rating: C+

A strange thing happened a couple weeks ago. My special gentleman and I were eating dinner and discussing how many recipes were left from various sections of The Book. I was looking at the progress bars at the bottom of the Project Index and I noted that I still had 5 recipe left in the Salads section. My special gentleman asked me what they were, and I could only name 4 off the top of my head. At this point I can easily name most of the 100 recipes I have left to make, so I was confused that I couldn't think of the fifth recipe. I pulled out The Book and flipped through the Salads section. When I finish a recipe I check it off in The Book. So I counted the recipes without check marks in the section and there were only 4. Baffled, I went through the recipes one by one and verified that the only things checked off were things I had actually made. The check marks seemed correct. Totally confused, I compared the recipes that I had blogged about to the recipes in the section and I discovered the one that was missing. I hadn't blogged about the Green Goddess Dressing. I was positive, POSITIVE that I had made it, but I couldn't remember when, where, or with whom. I flipped through some pictures on my computer until I found a green dressing. I briefly thought the mystery had been solved, until I realized that the green dressing in the picture was the Herbed Buttermilk Dressing. Slowly I became less sure that I had already made this recipe. So I decided to make it again (or, perhaps, for the first time).

To make this dressing my special gentleman and I blended together mayonnaise, anchovy fillets, scallions, parsley, chives, tarragon, tarragon vinegar, salt, and pepper. That was it! Whether or not I had made it before I was very grateful to have such an easy recipe left in my final 100. This dressing was not very tasty though. I had hoped that it would be very herbaceous, with a hint of anchovy. Instead it tasted like mayo with anchovies mixed in. Lots of anchovies. The herb flavors were lost. My special gentleman and I were both quite disappointed.

So had I made it before? Now that I have eaten it, I think maybe not. How did it get checked off in not just one, but three copies of The Book? (Yes, I have three copies of The Book.) I'm not sure. The whole experience made me glad that I have the Project Index though to keep me honest. Without it, I may have finished the project having accidentally skipped one recipe!

The recipe is here.

Only 99 recipes to go!


Melissa said...

How disappointing! I've heard people sing the praises of Green Goddess dressing as if it hung the moon but I guess I won't be using the version to try it :/

Teena said...

Well we certainly weren't loving it. I would try another Green Goddess recipe if I were you.