Caesar Salad Dressing
Growing up my parents were always exposing us kids to a wide variety of food. They felt that if we were exposed at an early age, we would be more adventurous and appreciative all of our lives when it came to food.
I have fond memories of the five of us enjoying Dim Sum in a downtown Toronto restaurant on Sundays. We learned the names of our favourite items as they rolled past us on the trays and were delivered to our table in steaming bamboo bowls, by women who did not speak English. At the end of the meal the bowls were counted in order to add up the bill. It was a wonderful cultural and culinary experience that I looked forward to every weekend while we lived in the city.
Not only did we love to eat out, both of my parents were wonderful cooks and loved to entertain at home. My father would often close the doors to our small kitchen and work for hours, offering us nothing of what to expect, except the mouth watering smells infusing our small apartment. Hours later we would be summoned to the dining room and presented with a five course Chinese dinner!
At the time my father sold advertising for Foster Hewitt’s radio station, CKFH. This afforded him a large expense account which is why we ate out regularly at some of Toronto’s best restaurants. He also spent long lunches with clients and colleagues at a great Italian restaurant - Marios near his office. One day he managed to talk the chef at Mario’s into giving him the recipe for their famous Caesar Salad.
This recipe was served in the restaurant my parents would eventually open a few years later in Mont Tremblant, Quebec – Auberge Sauvignon. As young waiters, my brother, sister and I would make this salad dressing in front of the guests in the dining room.
To this day we all still love this recipe and agree it is the best Caesar Dressing Recipe ever!
1 garlic clove crushed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 anchovy fillets mashed
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 free range, organic egg yolk
1/2 cup dried parmesan cheese
5 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes of Tabasco
1/4 cup olive oil
Freshly grated parmesan
Fresh ground black pepper
Fresh head of Romaine lettuce
Chop the garlic and anchovies finely and add to the parmesan cheese. Rub together with wooden spoon to make a paste. Add egg yolk to the paste, then Dijon and lemon juice. Add olive oil and then Worcestershire, Tobasco and black pepper to taste. Pour over romaine lettuce and toss. Add finely grated fresh parmesan.
Local Food News
The Clubhouse ~ at the Fernie Golf & Country Club will be open the first week of May.
The restaurant will offer daily specials for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Air conditioning inside and one of the best decks in Fernie!
Weekly Specials include ~
Mondays - Burgers and Beer - locals’ night out
Tuesday - Specials on Mussels and Fries, Buckets of Corona and wine
Wednesday - Wing night
Thursday - Shrimp fest and Barefoot Bubbly
Friday – Prime Rib Dinner Special for $14.75
Cincott Farms Organic Market ~ weather permitting...their back patio will open May 1 – one of Fernie’s hidden jewels! Every Thursday they feature "Dem Bones" -their certified organic BBQ beef short ribs and 1/2 price beer, with all of their certified organic beers on special. Tuesdays are 1/2 price bottle of wine days with all of their certified organic wines on special. Also weather permitting, they should have the first crop of fresh certified organic salad greens from the farm ready for retail by the May long weekend.
Loaf Bakery ~ is launching its "Loafers Card" in May. Customers can register for their loyalty card in store and immediately start collecting points on purchases made in the bakery and cafe. The points can then be redeemed against future purchases - making Fernie's local bakery even better value.
Mezzaluna ~ this quaint Italian Restaurant is keeping its doors open this spring. Enjoy their delicious Italian cuisine Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 5 until 9pm.
Do not forget their Monday Pasta night where you choose from three delicious pasta dishes, a glass of their house red or white wine or a cold glass of beer for just $10!
The Red Tree ~ is offering Breakfast/Brunch Buffets every Saturday and Sunday, 8am-2pm. Enjoy a Breakfast & Brunch Buffet featuring a minimum of six hot food selections, a personal chef to prepare omelettes and dessert crepes, soups, salads, juices and desserts stations and a chocolate fountain. $14.95 Adults, Children $7.95
Join them Mother’s Day and celebrate with an all-you-can-eat Roast Prime Rib Brunch or Dinner Buffet.
The Red Tree is now offering Event Catering and Management for special occasions or events. Enjoy our delicious cuisine anywhere you choose, Red Tree will deliver!
The Old Elevator ~ is offering a Mother's Day Brunch. Also, the chef is developing their spring and summer menus which will be full of fresh, in season ingredients. Don't forget to check out their Steak Sandwich Sundays for $13.50 and $3.75 20 ounce pints.
Bulldogs Bar & Grill ~ as the seasons change, so will the dishes on the Bulldog's Bar & Grill menu. The chef at Bulldogs is busy seeking out local purveyors and producers to add dishes in lighter variations through the warm months, while showcasing produce in its prime season with daily features.
The Blue Toque ~ has recently launched their new "perfect for the patio" cocktail menu. Join them on the deck of the Arts Station this spring for breakfast or lunch and a cocktail!
Gin and ginger- mint lemonade - house made lemonade with fresh mint and ginger syrup
Pink lemonade - raspberry vodka, Cassis and lemonade
Sangria - white or red - triple sec, fruit and juices
Feature Mimosa - a daily changing concoction
Sweet Toque’s citrolo - citrus vodka, pineapple juice topped with sparkling wine
Kir Royale - Cassis and sparkling wine
Juicy Martinis - Crantini, Pomtini, Flirtini, Pink Umbrella, Appletini ... just to name a few
All cocktails available by glass $5.00-$6.95 or jug $22.00-$26.00
They also offer “Caesar Sundays” when you need a little hair of the dog!
The Cottonwood Tree ~ this ever growing health food store have increased their gluten free section to over 100 products, they also have over 30 varieties of organic chocolate! Don’t forget their monthly food coop order goes out the 15th of every month.
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