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For years, I ate salads with whatever dressing was in the plastic bottle from the refrigerator. The Russian dressing was flamboyant red. The ranch tasted like a chemical version of dill. And the Italian dressing would make a person from Italy cry — there were little flecks of imitation peppers or some kind of dreck floating in a viscous bath of glurby dressing we poured on iceberg lettuce. No wonder I didn’t like salads for years.
I’ve been making my own dressing and vinaigrette for years now. I can’t look at those bottles anymore. Why pour a dressing with xanthan gum, phosphoric acid, modified food starch, artificial flavors, and disodium guanylate onto a plate of fresh vegetables? It’s pretty easy to make our own.
However, when I met Elaine at Fosse Farms, I was immediately impressed with her bottled dressings. They are made with real ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil (instead of canola or soybean oil), locally sourced fruits and herbs, and strong flavors like blackberry-garlic, cranberry, and the herby Provencal. Every ingredient is organic, including the small amount of sugar added to the dressings. (Elaine is considering a bottling change soon, which will allow her to use honey instead.) And, these dressings are certified gluten-free as well as non-gmo. They’re also soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, and kosher. Goodness!
We have loved using these dressings on the nights we need dinner on the table now, like after Lucy’s swim team practice or dance class. The blackberry-garlic (wonderfully strong on the garlic) is great on seared salmon. The cranberry dressing drizzled on roasted chicken is a lovely surprise. And Danny is particularly fond of the Provencal dressing, with lots of herbs and white vinegar. We’ve been using that one often this January.
We think you’ll like the Fosse Farms gluten-free dressings as much as we do. And we’ll let Elaine tell you more about her work here.
Can you tell us how your work began?
Fosse Farms’ line of salad dressings, dips, and marinades is an extension of the warmth that permeated my mother’s kitchen — warmth not just from the heat of the oven but from the atmosphere my mother fostered while preparing delightful, delicious meals. Her simple but elegant creations were an expression of love for her family; she welcomed any guest or friend coming into her home by making them truly feel “at home.” The kitchen was the gathering place for all of our social interaction.
The comfort and warmth that emanated from my mother inspired me to create products that have their roots in a simpler time when wholesome food was created with tender care and locally sourced ingredients. My mother created a variety of dishes that had distinct flavors which were unforgettable. I started making my own salad dressing more than twenty years ago because I became tired of consuming insipid dressings that were full of undecipherable ingredients that appeared to be unhealthy. I harkened back to my days as a youth when I had the good fortune to eat fresh, wholesome food.
Why did you work to make your dressings gluten-free?
The funny thing is I really didn’t “choose” to make a gluten-free product. It is simply naturally gluten-free. My mother showed me that food did not need any “masking additives” to taste delicious. After Fosse Farms was on the market, I contacted the
gluten free folks in Auburn and obtained my certification.
Also, my product has been verified non-gmo. It was my goal from the beginning to make a clean, green product. My product is certified organic and all the organic berries and herbs I infuse my vinegar with are purchased from Washington or Oregon.
What would you like our readers to know about your products?
The creativity and purity of my mother’s culinary style is the foundation for all Fosse Farms’ offerings. Our company produces products with the intent of fostering a sense of joy and wellbeing. Fosse Farms is carrying on the tradition of my mother by seeking to enhance the “family” experience with products that are made in small batches with organic ingredients (berries, herbs, garlic, olive oil and hand-infused vinegar). Fosse Farms is committed to using no fillers, chemicals, salt, soy, or dairy products. All products are gluten free, vegan, kosher, and low in calories. We make every effort to create an ecologically sound product where nothing is wasted in the production process. The goal of Fosse Farms is to be part of the sustainable farming movement that provides a healthier alternative to highly processed, mass-marketed agricultural products.
Elaine is offering bottles of Fosse Farms’ dressing to three lucky readers of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef. Please leave a comment about why you might like them if you would like to be eligible for the giveaway. Winners will be chosen at random on Friday, January 24th.