The Essex Resort & Spa’s Caesar Salad

During our fun family getaway at the Essex Resort and Spa, Ethan and I had a chance to take one of their cooking classes. Just the two of us. It was a great chance for us to have some one-on-one time.

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We headed down to the J.K. Adams kitchen where we were greeted by Chef Brandy. We were given chef hats {which Ethan of course refused to wear} and our aprons. We were ready!

I swear he was excited just a bit tired!

Our goal for the class was to make a three course meal: Caesar Salad, Fresh Made Pasta with a Tomato Basil Sauce, and dessert, Molten Chocolate Cake.

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Today, I am going to share with you our first course: Caesar Salad.

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Yield: 6

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad


  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1 glove garlic, crushed or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 raw egg, or 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or 1 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or canola/olive oil blend
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 3 hearts Romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cups Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated or shaved
  • 2 cups croutons


  1. Place anchovies, garlic, and lemon juice into a bowl.
  2. Mash and pull apart with 2 forks until it forms a paste.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, egg, and pepper and mix well.
  4. Slowly drizzle in oil while whisking continuously. Taste to season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add prepared lettuce leaves, cheese, and croutons to the bowl. Toss well.

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Come back tomorrow for the second course: Fresh Made Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce!

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  1. This looks like so much fun! What a great idea for a mommy/son date. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip to Essex!

  2. That looks delicious even at 8:30am! What was it like to work with anchovies, though? I think I would have freaked out a little!

  3. Yum! What a great class for the two of you to take together. It’s been fun watching your pictures and updates over the weekend.

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