The NIBBLE™: The 10 Best Specialty & Gourmet Food
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Part I: Savory Foods & Beverages
CAPSULE REPORT: Today and next week, we’re focusing on “The Best Of 2010”: truly the “best of the best” of everything we tasted this year. If you don’t try them, you’ll be missing out.
This week we share, in alphabetical order, our favorite savory foods and beverages. Next week we’ll present the sweets.
Just click on the bulleted links below to read the original reviews and why these foods have become our favorite gourmet gifts and treats.
- Big Papi En Fuego Hot Sauce, amazing hot sauce from the Boston Red Sox slugger
- Built Burger, the best burgers we’ve ever had
- Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Salad Dressing, a secret recipe that’s better than anything else we can find or make
- Porchetta Primata, the most succulent pork we’ve ever tasted
- Terra Sonoma Verjus, an exciting, healthy, low-calorie and wine-friendly alternative to vinegar
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Last week I went to the Southern Woman’s Show here in Charlotte, NC. Loads of fun! Loads of ideas! And Loads of new foods! One of the booths that I stopped by was Kathryn’s Cottage. Kathryn makes dressing, sauces and even aprons. I didn’t see the aprons but that was probably due to my having spotted one of my favorite dishes – chicken salad. She makes it using fresh, not canned, chicken and believe me, I could have spent the whole day standing there just “sampling” her chicken salad. Then I spotted the Olive and Cream Cheese Spread. OH MY! One dip into that and I was hooked. I make what I call Georgia Caviar, which is made from cream cheese and finely chopped black olives. This is made with green olives and it’s wonderful! Plus, all of her products are made with no preservatives. Check out Kathryn’s products and their availability by going to her website Kathryns Cottage Kitchen
Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Dressing
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Endive, radicchio, walnut and pear salad is a classic with blue cheese dressing. As delicious is this combination is, you can go much further. Use Kathryn’s Cottage’s exquisite Blue Cheese Dressing:
- In Baked Potatoes
- With Buffalo Wings
- On Burgers
- As A Crudit`e Dip
- With Pasta (toss with gnocchi, wilted arugula and fresh-cracked pepper)
- On Sandwiches & Wraps
Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Dressing achieves a perfect balance of creaminess and cheesiness: not to much, not to little, just right. The bits of blue cheese floating in the creamy dressing are just right, too: enough to give you small tastes of fine cheese without adding so much cheese that it overwhelms the other ingredients in the dish.
Diogenes may still be looking for an honest man, but our search for the best blue cheese dressing is over.
Try a salad of field greens, red onion, grape tomatoes and smoked salmon, drizzled with blue cheese dressing. Black olives optional.
Recipe For The Chicken Stack Appetizer At Top Right Of Page.
- Build stack from thick tomato slices, cubed avocado, bacon, cubed roast chicken tossed in blue cheese dressing, another tomato slice and arugula leaves.
- Top with top-quality minced blue cheese (break a piece of blue cheese into crumbs).
- Garnish plate with arugula pesto: Place arugula in food processor with a small amount of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and some blue cheese (substituting for Parmesan), and process into pesto. Garnish plate with pesto and minced cheese crumbs.
Kathryn’s Cottage Thousand Island Dressing
In our joy over the discovery of Kathryn’s Cottage Blue Cheese Dressing, we may be giving the Thousand Island Dressing short shrift. We don’t mean to: It’s a best-of-breed recipe as well. We simply haven’t been on the hunt for perfection (our mother handed down a pretty fine recipe to us).
Beyond the salad, this fine Thousand Islander is an elegant sauce and condiment for:
- Asparagus & Other Veggies
- A Crudit`e Dip
- Sandwiches & Wraps: Chicken, Ham,
Turkey, Reuben and Roast Beef
- Shrimp cocktail
Lovers of thousand island dressing: You’ll be very happy with these.
While most people may demur over sending away for salad dressing, we’ll gladly give up few cappuccinos to pay for the postage.
Blue Cheese Dressing & Thousand Island Dressing
- 12-Ounce Jar (355ml)$9.95
- 3 Jars $29.95
Purchase online at KathrynsCottageKitchen.com
Re-creation of local favorite salad dressing is Mooresville woman’s tribute to her mother
By Melinda Skutnick | Mooresville Tribune
With her mother’s homemade recipe in hand, a Mooresville woman is re-creating a once-local culinary favorite that seemingly disappeared years ago.
“Customers drove for miles to visit our restaurants for the prime rib and especially mother’s bleu cheese dressing,” remembered Nancy Little Hucks, who has used her mother’s original recipe to create, bottle and sell Kathryn’s Cottage Bleu Cheese Dressing.
Hucks’ mother, Dora Blaine Little, perfected the recipe over several years in the 1950s before it became a customer favorite at various restaurants – including the former Little Kitchen, which closed one year ago – that she and her husband, Claude, operated in Mooresville and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“Her dream when I was small was to own a restaurant and serve the finest food money could buy,” said Hucks, who discussed her mother’s particular love for bleu cheese dressing.
“She never found a recipe she liked totally, so she made her own, added to, took away, until she found the perfect taste and consistency,” she added.
Today, more than 50 years later, Hucks has taken that recipe and made it available to the public who, she said, often inquires about her mother’s unique dressing.
“So many people asked me about it,” she said Wednesday, some six weeks after her first official batch made its way to several area grocers and nearly a year after a simple idea sparked a new business venture for her and her husband, Cliff.
The couple hopes to distribute and sell their original dressing throughout the Mooresville, Lake Norman and Charlotte area.
“This is the biggest tribute I could give my mother and daddy,” Hucks said.
Dora died in 1996 and Claude in 2008. “It’s carrying on the tradition of the Little family.”
Hucks explained that the name of her dressing came from a variety of sources. “Kathryn,” she said, is a family name from her mother’s side. And it was Hucks’ experience as a realtor and in interior design that brought the word “cottage” into the mix.
Currently, Kathryn’s Cottage Bleu Cheese Dressing is being sold at several local stores, including NY Butcher Shop, Josh’s Produce, Bradford Store, Shop ‘N Save and McLaughlin Farmhouse Country Store.
Hucks said she hopes and plans to expand the line into Davidson and Charlotte stores by mid-fall.
Sold at both wholesale and retail, Hucks said she creates the dressing at Little Spaghetti in Mooresville – “they have been kind enough to let us use their kitchen” – as needed.
For more information on Kathryn’s Cottage Bleu Cheese Dressing, contact Hucks at 704-677-4302.