Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Gorgeous Kitchen & My Vinaigrette

I love how this big kitchen still feels charming.
With gorgeous high ceilings, beautiful doors, and that incredible butler's pantry.

What a joy it must be to cook in.
Except for the marble counters - so pretty - but those would stress me and my messy cooking self out.

Speaking of which...
 Charlie has mastered making a vinaigrette.
I do not like store bought salad dressings.
I've tried many.
My recipe is so fast, so easy, there really isn't a need.
So, I thought I'd share it with you.

Lemon Vinaigrette:
The juice of one fresh lemon
Add a spoonful of Dijon mustard (I use Maille)
A spoonful of sugar
A tsp of kosher salt
A tsp of fresh pepper
Whisk together
Slowly drizzle in olive oil. (I do this part while Charlie whisks)
I like my dressing very lemony so I probably only use about 2 tbsp of olive oil.
If you want it less lemony mix in more oil.

When you want to dress it up add a couple tbsp. chopped parsley,
and a half glove of crushed garlic.  I never do this unless we are having company

I make this almost nightly.
It is good tossed with field greens or baby arugula and nothing else.
Or you can add things like almonds, dried cranberries, feta, Gorgonzola, or Parmesan.

Charlie did squirt in some Mrs. Meyers Basil Scented counter cleaner yesterday
when I turned my back, this however, is not recomended. 
Please supervise your children!! (wink)  :)

(Pics from House Beautiful)


  1. Hello,
    I love this kichen. It was one of my inspirational pictures when we did our kitchen. Love the counter tops, lights , and stools. The chalkboard is pretty with the white frame.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. God, you always post the BEST inspiration pics! Love!

    I'm in the mood to make a great vinaigrette. I think the secret is that I generally don't like mustard, but it's so imperative in a dressing. Must get over this and my fear.

  3. I miss the tall ceilings we had in our previous home. At this point I'd do just about anything to see some of that sunshine flooding through our windows ~ I just keep telling myself it's almost spring {sorta, kinda, with snow on the way}

    We are in the throes of our kitchen counters, lightening and faucet decisions. Your beautiful inspirations are making me question my orders :)

    Have a great Friday ~

  4. Yes, I wish that was my gorgeous kitchen! High ceilings are wonderful. Your recipe sounds delish and similar to one that I enjoy. Home-made is better by far. Happy weekend Tessa!


  5. Like Julie, I don't like mustard, but maybe this does not taste mustardy?

  6. I should have mentioned this, but I PROMISE you will not taste the mustard in this recipe. Try using only a tsp and the brand I use, just make sure it is not the grainy kind of dijon. I've made this for mustard haters and when they requested the recipe they didn't believe me. :) You have to give it a try.

  7. The kitchen is lovely. Thanks for this recipe. I love anything lemon. Have a great weekend!

    Amy R.

  8. yes! love the kitchen!

    new to your blog and happy to meet you! i will definitely stopping by more often!


  9. Can I just say that one thing I like about this kitchen (and a doable thing) is the combination of the cantaloupe and those peach colored tulips? Brilliant.

  10. Hi friends,

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