I would be remiss if I didn’t start this post with a full disclaimer: While I’m sure none of you will really care about this admission, I need to clear my conscience before going any further (and since I so seldom do that, please allow my conscience to gain a bit more breathing room). I am not a fan of Bobby Flay.
Now that that’s off my chest….
I would also be remiss if I didn’t profess my undying love for fresh herbs. I waxed poetic about fresh dill a week or so ago when I posted up that yummy mustard dill dipping sauce. Today, I’ve got a fresh dill salad dressing that I’m loathe to admit is a Bobby Flay recipe – although he calls it a fresh dill vinaigrette and it was used on a smoked salmon dish, not a salad.
As soon as I took a taste of this salad dressing, I swore I heard the birds begin to chirp and a choir of angels sing. It was something like when Maria von Trapp was twirling around in the mountains singing about the hills being alive except that she wasn’t twirling on a mountain top, but squishing around, with worms between her toes, in a garden with dill plants tickling her armpits because they were so tall.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit melodramatic even for me (or not). The flavor of this dill dressing is quite amazing though (if you like dill). I could go on and on about how easy it is to make your own salad dressing, how it’s much healthier or even lay on the frugality factor of making your own dressing. But I’m not going to waste my breath (or pixels in this case). This dill salad dressing is delicious (Bobby Flay or not). In fact, Craig also has a disdain for all things Flay as well. When I served him this salad, dressed with this stuff he was ooohhing and aaaahing. He asked if I had come up with this recipe and I hesitated to admit that I had actually made a Bobby Flay recipe. But when I fessed up, he couldn’t believe it, and agreed that this dressing needs to be made again and again around here.
This is for all of you guys out there who think I only cater to women when it comes to relationship advice (yes, I really do read your e-mails…and sometimes I’ll actually take action on them…like right now.)
Here are my 5 tips for hooking up at a bar. (Yes, I do think you can meet Ms. Right – or at least Ms. Rightnow at a bar. I’ve got personal experience with this.)
- Don’t sit there all night staring at her. First of all, you’ll look like a stalker and freak her out. Secondly, if you don’t approach her within the first few minutes of staring at her and catching her eye, she’ll think you have no stones and want nothing to do with you later when you’ve consumed enough liquid courage to stumble over and introduce yourself while smelling like the Jack Daniel’s distillery.
- When talking to her, don’t be selfish and only talk about yourself. She’ll assume that you’re also selfish in bed and dismiss you pretty quickly. At the same time, don’t ask her a bunch of personal questions when you first meet her, she’ll think you’re a stalker.
- If you can’t get her to break even the tiniest of smiles when you’re talking to her, she’s just not that into you. Move on. Don’t take it as a challenge to get her to smile before you’ll leave, just leave. Trust me on this one…you will not win. She will ultimately rain down a verbal hell fire on you that you haven’t heard since your high school girlfriend found out that you were cheating on her.
- There’s perseverance and then there’s insanity (doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results). Don’t go to the same bar night after night and expect your dream girl to eventually walk through the door. If you haven’t met anyone at that place as long as you’ve been going there, then you need to find a new place. Either that, or you need to lower your standards if you’re not willing to try new things.
- Don’t go to the bar specifically looking to hook up. This may be a shock to you, but just like you guys can smell desperation on a woman, we women can smell a guy on the prowl from a mile away. Look like your having fun with your friends or go to the bar with one of your female friends (women can make excellent wingmen). Women want to see a guy that looks like he’s having some fun at a bar and not on a counterstrike mission. While we may know that we’re a conquest, we don’t want to feel like we’re being stalked through the jungle of people at a bar.
Recipe: Fresh Dill Salad Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Shallot
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Dill
- 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/4 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Place vinegar, lemon juice, shallot, dill, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified.
- Transfer the vinaigrette to a bowl or squeeze bottle.
Notes: Recipe from Bobby Flay
Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 0 Minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet (other): Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 4
Meal type: dinner
Culinary tradition: USA (General)