Some things are just plain meant to be. This month for Blogger C.L.U.E. Society I was assigned A Palatable Pastime. Unlike a lot of the bloggers in the group, I've not been well acquainted with Sue's blog. So, it was a lot of fun to get to stalk her and figure out what'd go best with CELEBRATE! Yes, the theme of our December posts is celebrate. That left out SO many fabulous posts. Baked Apple French Toast, Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (sounds healthy!) Candied Walnut and Grape Salad, Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs... Yes, several of these will find their way to our table when we're once again home often enough to really cook. For now, we're into the easiest things we can figure out that don't involve calling Donatos...
We've had pretty much the perfect storm at the office. First and foremost, our right hand assistant, Teresa is out thanks to a knee replacement. That's about 24 hours a week that we've had to take back. Into a week that stretches to seven days of work anyway. Then, there's the fact that Social Security changed the rules of the road and I'm having to work my way back through a couple hundred plans. Add in the fact that we've taken over the care for my aunt and uncle (ages 85 and 97.) And, several dinner parties. Including the entire Girls Night Out crew and their hubbys or significant others. And, Christmas Eve for my family. And, about 26 hours of continuing education that needs to be done by year end. And, and, and. I'm overwhelmed. So, quite honestly, the idea of a major celebratory dinner was out of the question. I was looking for something that was easy, a bit decadent, a bit festive and that would be wonderful while we decorate for Christmas. Smoked salmon dip. Perfect. But, I didn't quit reading. Then, I found homemade Henri's TasTee Dressing. Did that ever bring back memories.
Way back in the mid 70's I was a management trainee at Lincoln National Bank in Fort Wayne, IN. Every year there was a gift exchange and pitch-in. Marcie, the president's assistant, brought a dip that I absolutely swooned over. I still have the recipe card where I wrote the recipe. And, I still make it for parties when I can. Oh, you know, here's the gift I got at that exchange. It's sitting on the shelf right above the computer monitor where I'm typing this post. The little blue and white china box.
And, it still makes me smile to think of the good times I had back there. Now, what I've not said is that Marcie's Dip calls for Henri's TasTee Dressing. We can't always find it. Needless to say I'm one unhappy camper when I can't find my Henri's. Now, I don't have to. I have Sue's re-creation. Oh, yes.
So, I made the dressing but I used it as a salad dressing since I didn't have the Buddig Chipped Beef to make the dip. You see, I'd bought all the ingredients for the smoked salmon dip. Now, typically I'd give you a link to the recipe on the blog but I can't find it again... I've looked thru Sue's index and it's not listed that I can see... So, thank goodness I printed it out!!!
Henri's TasTee Dressing Clone Ingredients
1 c sugar
1 T celery seed
1 t salt
1/4 t ground white pepper
1/4 c onion powder
1 1/2 t dry mustard
1 t turmeric
1/4 c vinegar
1-2 c mayonnaise
Whisk it all together. This makes a fabulous coleslaw dressing. Or, salad dressing. Or smoosh it with 8 oz of cream cheese, a bag of Buddig chipped beef (finely diced,) some pickle relish and a bit of mustard and you've got a great dip!
So, with many thanks to Sue, I can now recreate one of my favorite dips whenever I want!!! Here's a list of my friends from Blogger C.L.U.E. Society who also have some fabulous celebratory recipes!
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Kate from Kate's Kitchen
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Kim from Liv Life
- Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Anna from annaDishes
- Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
- Rebekah from Making Miracles
- Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Sue from A Palatable Pastime