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coco's Special Cheese Dressing Feeling very proud of the heads of lettuce growing in two small planters in my backyard, I announced to my husband that we were having a very fresh salad for dinner. With lettuce that fresh, I wanted to serve it with a good homemade salad dressing instead of a bottled dressing. Coincidentally, earlier in the day, while flipping through the pages of a book, I found a newspaper clipping containing a recipe for a requested salad dressing from the Coco’s restaurant chain. Finding the recipe and having all the ingredients on hand, I felt destined to make it. Sometimes the moon and the stars align and everything works out perfectly!

Coco’s Special Cheese Dressing
Recipe from Kathy Shepard

Ingredients:
1/4 to 3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk
4½ teaspoons cider vinegar
1½ teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Combine milk, mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. Whisk until blended.
2. Place vinegar in cup and stir in garlic salt and pepper.
3. Add to mayonnaise mixture and blend in cheese.
4. Store in the refrigerator.

Makes about 2 cups

Linnell’s Notes:
To keep this salad dressing on the healthier side, I substituted Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Enjoy!

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Last weekend my son married the girl of his dreams. The venue was the beautiful Palace Hotel in San Francisco where my grandfather worked in the 1940s. While touring the historic hotel, a hotel staffer told me that the doorknobs on the tall mahogany room doors were the originals from 1909. As I walked down a long hallway, I touched several of the doorknobs, letting my fingers linger a moment on each of them. Goosebumps ran down my arms as I considered that my dear grandfather might have touched these same doorknobs.

The Palace Hotel is famous for many things, one of which is its Green Goddess Dressing. According to the Palace website, “The Green Goddess Dressing was created at the Palace Hotel in 1923 by Executive Chef Phillip Roemer. Chef Roemer created the dressing for a banquet held at the Palace. The event was honoring actor George Arliss who was the lead in William Archer’s hit play “The Green Goddess.”  The creamy dressing is bright with fresh herbal flavors and goes well with mixed baby greens, fresh vegetables, or a seafood salad.

Green Goddess Dressing
Original Recipe from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco

Ingredients:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives or minced scallions
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
3 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry, and minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl until well-blended. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.

Linnell’s Notes:
The mixture will be white with green herb flecks in it. To make the dressing the classic green color, pour the mixture into a blender or food processor and give it a couple of whirls until it is the desired color.

Enjoy!

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