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Marie Antoinette Dressing

June 9, 2015

The Marie Antoinette Hotel was a very well-known hotel in Menlo Park, California. It was known for its restaurant and its “house” salad dressing. Like the recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken and the formula for Coca Cola, this recipe was top secret. Fortunately, Kevin’s Kickstarter backer Diane Baker’s grandmother ran the hotel. Diane recalls memories of working in the kitchen with her grandmother, cutting up all the fresh ingredients, and savoring the aroma of the dressing as it simmered on the stove. The hotel eventually closed, but thankfully, the recipe lived on as she passed it down to her children. Her children passed it down to their children, and thanks to Diane, it is being passed down to all of you. We can’t wait for you to try the dressing as it is better than any we’ve ever tasted. Too, we have found that it works as an amazing marinade! (We have left this recipe just as Diane submitted it, with all of her notes. We used olive oil, and actually split this recipe in half when we made it.)
Marie Antoinette Dressing

[I believe this makes 1 Gallon of dressing]

In a large stew pot combine all ingredients (be sure all fresh ingredients have been chopped into fairly small pieces]

6 fresh Chives (or can be frozen)
1/2 gallon Catsup
1/2 quart Oil (Cooking or Olive – your choice)
1 Cup Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Coarse Black Pepper
2 or 3 Garlic Buttons

1 Large Bell Pepper
1 Can Red Kidney Beans
Torpedo (Red onion) Onion
3 or 4 Fresh Tomatoes
1 Large Avocado
1 or 2 Fresh Cucumber

Place pot on stove top and “simmer” for several hours. This allows the fresh ingredients to become tender and the seasonings to mix well.

Once done Pour dressing into jars or pourable containers for serving later. Please in refrigerator to cool.

When ready to serve, pour dressing over bed of lettuce (ice burg, romaine, spring mix, etc. – your choice). Other salad vegetables are not needed (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, etc.) as they are in the dressings.

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