Mexican Caesar Salad

Mexican Caesar Salad 2

When my kids were little and we were living in San Diego, one of our favorite places to eat was El Torito.  I know, I know, we’re in San Diego, home to the best Mexican food in the world, why would we go to a chain restaurant?  This Mexican Caesar Salad (and their sweet corn cakes, but I’m still breaking the code on those)!  Even my then 3 year old daughter could finish off almost an entire bowl of this fantastic salad by herself!  Well, when we moved to New Jersey, El Torito was no longer an option, so I had to break it down for myself.  What results is, if memory serves, an incredible rendition of the best salad I ever ate!  (Read more…)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing is a classic.  There is even an actual Hidden Valley Ranch, where it was originally developed.  I’ve tried ranch dressing over the years.  It was fine, though kind of plastic tasting to me.  But Ranch Dressing was never something my Korean mom kept in the house.  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember my mom having very many American style condiments in our refrigerator.  We had soy sauce, and gochujang, and things soaking in solutions of soy sauce and gochujang.  I even remember fried Spam sandwiches on white bread with mayo that must have been stored somewhere.  But Ranch?  Nope.  So I never developed that All-American love of ranch dressing.  And neither did my kids.  Because I raised them like my mom raised me.  So, if I was going to serve Ranch Dressing, it wasn’t going to come out of, and taste like, a plastic bottle.  I was going to make it myself.  (Read more…)