Saturday, January 31, 2009

Salad Dipping and the Big Game

Tomorrow is an important marketing day in America. Commercials touting a better, bigger television have flooded the airwaves. You can't watch the "Big Game" on small TV. You also can't watch it without a table full of snacks served to you by a pretty, sweet wife who thinks all those boys on the couch are so silly. Sigh. I am pretty sure there are a ton of women out there who would rather be watching the game then fixing chili and chicken wings for a bunch of drunk guys.

That said, I do not fall into either category. I neither want to watch the game, or serve my husband and his pals. (I blame my parents for that - they also never had any interest in televised sports.)

But, I do like eating dip.

This morning, I was trying to duplicate my favorite Green Goddess salad dressing. But, me being me, I got totally distracting talking to my new neighbor about the magic of pressure washers. Who knew there was a whole driveway under the moss and weeds that had filled his backyard! I didn't make anything close to a Green Goddess salad dressing, but I did make a lovely green dip!

We dipped red and green endive leaves into it - making it a dipping salad! It is a great dip for any veggies or crackers. If you thin this a bit with milk it would be great on a tossed salad. This whips up in an instant in the food processor. Now go watch the game.

Goat Cheese Salad Dressing
2 green onions
zest from one lemon
1 garlic clove
1 cup arugula leaves (spinach would also be nice, but not as spicy)
1/2 cup goat cheese
a little milk to thin
salt and pepper

In a food processor, blend green onions, garlic, zest, and leaves. It won't all blend up, but get it started. Add goat cheese and a bit of milk to get the machine going. Blend until smooth. Taste and flavor with salt and pepper.

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