THIS FAT OLD LADY’S ME MONDAY – WHAT HAPPENED TO CREAMY ITALIAN DRESSING?

I distinctly remember there being such a thing as creamy Italian dressing.

I never bought it because I don’t much regular Italian dressing.

I have, however, bought regular Italian dressing from time to time because if you put a bottle of it over (and into) a chicken and bake it (or cook in the crock pot) – you get deliciously moist and flavorful chicken.

Also, I buy it because my husband likes it from time to time.

But I swear there used to be creamy Italian dressing.

Right?

Did I hallucinate that?

Anyhow, I had a recipe that called for creamy Italian dressing.

No problem.

I take my happy fat old lady ass to the supermarket and ….

No creamy Italian dressing.

Not a sign of it.

Rows and rows of every kind of dressing you could (or at least I could) imagine EXCEPT the kind I need.

Shit.

And I need a big ass bottle of the stuff.

So I opted for the Olive Garden “Signature” Italian Dressing.

It looked kind of creamy to me – came in a big bottle – and I had no other viable options.

I did briefly consider mixing Italian dressing with Ranch dressing – but I wasn’t feeling quite that adventurous.

The recipe was very simple.

Put boneless pork chops into a pan and cover them with creamy Italian dressing and bake for an hour (at 350).

I love pork chops, but it is difficult to find a recipe where they don’t come out really dry and chewy (at least difficult to find a recipe that doesn’t include Shake ‘n Bake).

And you know what?

The big ass bottle of Olive Garden “Signature” Italian Dressing worked fine!

Enough to cover the pork chops and really tasty (especially after I liberally applied granulated garlic powder to the whole thing).

And see?

I’m not crazy – it does exist!

I don’t know why I can’t seem to get it at my local supermarket, but at least now I know it can be had!

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