Saturday, April 27, 2013

Delicious Homemade Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing

Delicious Homemade Mayonnaise
(A fool-proof way I've found to make homemade mayonnaise is to use a stick blender!)

1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 cup light olive oil

Put the first four ingredients into your stick blender container and mix well with the stick blender. 

Pour half of the mild olive oil into the blender container. 
I use "light" olive oil for mayonnaise because I think the flavor is much too strong when using regular cold pressed virgin olive oil.

Insert the stick blender into the bottom of the container. Press the "On" button and slowly pull upward as the mixture thickens.  Add the remaining oil and repeat. 

Add salt to taste.  Sometimes I like to add celery salt, garlic salt, onion powder, dill weed and a tiny bit of Nustevia.

The last couple times I made mayonnaise, I added a big handful of fresh basil, parsley, and oregano leaves growing on the sundeck to the blender mayo for a light green and flavorful spread.  This makes the most wonderful salad dressing, when thinned down a bit with water or coconut milk, and these green herbs add nutrients as well as flavor.

Salad Dressing
Make your own mayonnaise and transform a portion as a base in making salad dressing, thinning it down a bit with water.  After I make mayonnaise,  I make a dressing by adding the following ingredients: celery salt, garlic salt, onion powder, dill weed, Nu-Stevia, and salt.  Measurements are not given since I don't have specific amounts.  You can add almost any combination of spices for various dressings.  
Make honey mustard dressing simply by adding honey and mustard to the dressing above!

Homemade Cool-Aid

by Veronica Stanley-Hooper -
Excerpts from Veronica's article - Please go to her website for ALL of her article and beautiful photos of the beverages! - Used by permission

Note from Lois:  Eliminate sugary drinks containing chemicals from your family's diet for much better health and wellness.  Veronica gives some wonderful alternatives.  Natural concentrated juices can be diluted a good bit and still have lots of nutritious flavor, thus making them stretch a long way.  So Refreshing!

Sweet Southern Cherry:
Tart Cherry and Apricot or Peach Juices

Sour Cherry Splash:
Tart Cherry and Lemon Slices with a splash of Apple Juice
Refreshing Lemon Mint:
Lemon Slices, Mint Leaves and a green tea bag (you can leave out the green tea if you like)

Blueberry Blast:
Blueberry Juice and Apple Juice

Tropical Sensation:
Coconut Milk, Pineapple Juice, and a splash of Apple Juice