Follow the principles of calorie density with this no oil Italian dressing

Eating  a giant low calorie high volume salad is the best way to start each meal (yes greens for breakfast before you dive into that oatmeal). But what to put on your giant bowl of nutrition?

You can navigate over to the big list of no oil dressings or try one of my go-to's. 

No oil Italian (play around until it tastes good to you)

  • 2 c. no salt vegetable stock, homemade if you have it
  • 1/2 tsp glucomannan (thickening agent that won't lose body over time)/konjac powder
  • 2 tsp no-salt Italian seasoning
  • fresh or paste basil if desired, to taste
  • 6-10 cloves fresh raw garlic, peeled and chopped or put through a garlic press
  • 1/3-1/2 c. good red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped kalamata olives (optional)
  • 2 tsp sweetener of your choice to taste

Put the broth and dried herbs in a small saucepan and add in the glucomannan.  Allow to come to a slow simmer over medium heat to bloom the spices.  The thickener works without heat but I like to add it while cooking. After 5-7 minutes remove from heat and add in remaining ingredients. I put it in the Vitamix to chop up the garlic, olives, and basil. Add black pepper if desired and more garlic and thickener if desired.

The last batch I made was further enhanced by a Neopolitan flavored balsamic vinegar from  VSOP Taproom.


Cook's Country needs a host. A flavorsome one.

I long wanted to see Christoper Kimball off of Cooks Country. Someone who eats so WHITE (ie only likes white meat chicken and god forbid anything be spicy) shouldn't be hosting a show with such a comprehensive mix of food preparations.  The jury is still out on Milk Street Television. I've seen two episodes. After 5 I will render a verdict.

Now he's off the show (hooray) and while I really enjoy Julia and Bridget as test cooks themselves they don't cut it as a host replacement.  It screams "filling in for now" and that's cool but after this season let's get it together.



That said these shows aren't about the host like say, a food network show is. It's about the food, the process of making it, history, product testing etc and for that a generic milk toast segment host is perfect. Host-wise, we need a little charisma to keep us engaged between segments, add additional punch and keep us wanting more. It's a tough call indeed but those people are out there.  Much like a talk show has an engaging host what brings the show together is the segments.  

Dare I say without an engaging host they are losing me as a viewer.  It would be  a tragedy for this show concept to disappear because they perfect food, truly teach (not just entertain) and provide science.  It's a winning combination it's just not enough.