Hostess Gift: Your Best Dressing Recipe ~ Yes, I Am CHEAP

Leave behindBring a party gift of your best vinaigrette recipe THIS WAY; your host will totally dig it.  No matter that it’s just a recycled jar. Once the dressing is consumed and the jar is washed, the recipe is still there and he/she can prepare it again and again.

Making the jar is a little more complicated than you might think. Trust me, you will still want to do this.  Yes, also bring a bottle of wine to the party.  Larry always does.  This is just friendly, homey stuff.  A jar with a recipe written on it.

picstitchSave 16 ounce smooth glass jars with tight fitting lids. This was an olive jar, but my peanut butter jar will also be great.

  1. Soak off the label, scrape with a razor blade, wash well and then clean the outside again with alcohol and cotton swab.Sharpies
  2. Buy a package of Sharpie PAINT PENS (not just a Sharpie).  I found these at Home Depot on the Martha Stewart display (great merchandising, Sharpie).  $12 for a package of five.  Pricey but you will never run out.
  3. Pick the right recipe – too many ingredients and it won’t fit on the glass.  Too small a quantity and it’s not enough dressing. Mine, below, makes one cup with 8 ingredients. Use your own name, I don’t mind.
  4. Print your recipe on the computer in a writeable style font, like Bradley Hand in 24 point.  This helps you see how to fit it onto the glass AND be able to hand write it.
  5. Cut and place the paper inside the jar.
  6. Practice writing with the paint pen on cardboard first. Once you start the glass, no turning back.
  7. Go.  It will be great.
  8. PS – suggest your host hand-wash the jar. Dishwasher detergent is designed to SCRAPE food off dishes, so your painted letters may eventually chip off.

Patti’s Vinaigrette – 1 Cup

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper



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1 sippitysup June 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Cheap? No! Nice handwriting? Yes! GREG

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