Monday, December 21, 2015

Gifts from the Kitchen: Cattleman's Salad Dressing

The recipe for Cattleman's Salad Dressing is one of the most popular on my blog.  We routinely make this dressing, especially when we grill steaks.  Now I know everyone in Oklahoma is familiar with this dressing, but for those of you outside the Sooner State, The Cattleman's Steakhouse is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Oklahoma.  Cattleman's Cafe opened in 1910 and has been filling folks up ever since.  Aside from steaks that don't even need a knife, and their famous "lamb fries" Cattleman's is probably most known for their house salad dressing.  It's creamy, cheesy, garlicky and oh so good.  It mixes up in minutes with just a few ingredients.  The perfect holiday gift from your kitchen...

 A few years ago, my friend Ginger, who is very crafty came up with a great idea.  She calls it "Ghost Crafting."  What is Ghost Crafting?  Well it's where Ginger or I do all of the work and you take all of the credit.  For a small fee of course.  This has been a hit among our busy friends for a long time.  Ginger and I both love to cook and craft and it allows us to help our friends and family who simply don't have the time (or sometimes the talent) to create handmade gifts.  Ginger is very talented.  She's an esthetician by trade and even has her own business:  Gussied & Groomed Natural Handcrafted Apothecary & Sundries, where she creates all kinds of good for your skin soaps, scrubs and other products.  We've known each other for years and have all kinds of fun crafting together.

My other pal Amy lives in Arkansas.  She's a busy mom of two boys and a college girl.  Plus she works full time and travels for her job.  Needless to say she doesn't get to spend much time in the kitchen, let alone making homemade gifts.  That's where the Ghost Crafting comes in.  Every year for Christmas I come up with a unique idea for Amy for her co-workers, neighbors, and children's teachers.  We've done all kinds of crafts, including gifts from the kitchen like my Mexican Restaurant Relish. This year we settled upon homemade Cattleman's Salad Dressing as our Ghost Craft for 2015.  I cut and measure all of the fabric and string for the jars, print and hole punch the tags and create a recipe and shopping list for Amy based on the quantities she needs.  Then I put it in the mail to Arkansas.  Amy shops for the jars and ingredients, whips up the dressing and assembles the jars.  Her boys really enjoy taking part as well.  She puts a check in the mail to me and EVERYONE WINS! 

Since I've had Cattleman's Dressing on the brain from helping Amy, I decided to whip up a batch myself for my husband's co-workers.  I've even included a sheet of FREE PRINTABLE TAGS for you to print out should you decide to whip some up too!  I hope each and every one of you has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I hope you get the opportunity to whip up something handmade this year.  Send me a pic and I'll share it on my Facebook Page.
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