Vote on the next salad dressing

January 13, 2013 - 4 comments. Posted by in Announcements, Hanley's Foods.

You decide the next salad dressing: Hanley's Greek, Crack, Louisiana Strawberry

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I’m back in the kitchen like a mad scientist perfecting the perfect batch, and my girls are the toughest food critics on the planet. If they like it, I know you will. But the style, and flavor profile is unique to everyone, so I wanted to have a vote.

I hand-craft and design each bottle from the ingredients, to the packaging/design, to bottling it. So this gives me the advantage of perfecting every aspect of the product from scratch to the store shelf. Now I can invite others to help me with that process — which I think is pretty cool.

My 4 year old randomly changed her favorite color from purple to blue and she wanted to know if I can make a blueberry salad dressing. So, as a bonus, imagine a Blueberry Vinaigrette similar to the Strawberry, but substituting the strawberries and pecans for blueberries and almonds.

It would mean a lot to me if you could take out 5 seconds and vote on the next salad dressing. The contest ends 1/27, two weeks from now and I’ll post back the results here.

Vote, share, ask questions in the comments — you guys are the ones that help decide on the next salad dressing. And I’ll let you know when I’m handing out free samples at the farmers market on 2/2/13 (in Baton Rouge) to try it.

[ UPDATE: The contest is over, the winner is Strawberry Vinaigrette and you can now get it online at]

A local favorite, undressed — Sensation Salad Dressing (plus goodies)

September 15, 2012 - 14 comments. Posted by in Announcements, Doing, Hanley's Foods.

I’m extremely excited to say that Hanley’s Sensation Salad Dressing  is making its début 9/28/12, after two years perfecting a family recipe. Although, my family has been making the dressing for decades. It has become our “house” dressing at every occasion.

One day I was at the grocery store getting ingredients to make our dressing, when I walked past the salad dressing aisle and just stopped. A lightbulb went off. I asked myself, “why isn’t this in stores?” Sensation salad dressing is a classic in southern Louisiana — not only is it a delicious dressing, but the locals know it and love it. Then, I ran back home, made the dressing, and started planning.

Dressing in the making

I became obsessed with the dressing. Our family ate it at least three times a week, every week for over year. I tried different ingredients to make the perfect batch, and even had “salad parties” to taste test batches side-by-side. My daughter would sit on the counter and help taste test as we made the dressing. She liked it so much that she would walk around with a little cup and a spoon eating it like ice cream.

Every time I went to the grocery store, I would wander down the salad dressing aisle and question random people. I would ask “so, have you heard of Sensation salad dressing?”. The usual response was “yes, but can never find it!” At the same time I’m thinking, “not yet!”

Not only did I want to fill the void with the dressing in Louisiana, but I wanted to make an impact if possible. Using locally sourced ingredients and making it as natural as it could be.

Here are a few pictures of the process:

Testing batches Sensational mess Cheese testing First bottles New bottles Batch run Bottling Family support

It’s more than just dressing

  • It’s local. Bottled in Louisiana, Louisiana Certified, and made with hand-squeezed Louisiana lemons*.
  • It’s real. Made of authentic ingredients you’ve heard of — no gums, preservatives, or additives.
  • It’s good for business. 5% of proceeds go to Edible Enterprises, an incubator for food entrepreneurs.
  • It’s good for the planet. The recyclable glass bottle is better for the planet (and the flavor) than plastic. We also donate to 1% for the Planet to support environmental causes.
  • It’s low carb and gluten free.
  • It’s pretty damn good!
* = Working with farmer

The goodies

Free coupon ( Promotion over )
Who doesn’t like free, right? All you need to do is comment on this blog post. Within your comment let me know if you’ve heard of Sensation salad dressing.

If you would like to pre-order a few bottles, or a case (retail only), click the link below. If you live in Baton Rouge, I’ll personally deliver it to your door.

Click here to pre-order.

Stay tuned
I’m having a launch party at the end of the month and I’ll post details later next week.

UPDATE: The launch party is in full swing, here’s the details:

UPDATE: Hanley’s Foods website is now live

Also, be on the look out on 9/27/12 @ I10 around College during rush hour ( UPDATE )

I’m really excited about this, I hope you like it.

Free DO Band for New Subscribers!

June 20, 2012 - no comments. Posted by in Announcements.

Now, new subscribers to the blog will receive a DO band if they like. Simply check the box on the subscribe page and add your address.

For now, I am only shipping to the US, but if I receive a lot of comments for international shipping I will consider it as well. If interested, leave a comment below with your country.

Current subscribers can also get a free band by clicking on the “update subscription” link on the bottom of the email and add your mailing address.

Wallpapers are also now available.
On the subscribe page, one of the reasons to subscribe is to get a free wallpaper for your browser, computer, or iToy. I’m sending out an email shortly to those who subscribed and haven’t received it. Thank you to those who didn’t send hate mail by not receiving it.

Why am I doing this?
Just for fun, I’ve been wearing my DO band for a while now and it helps me keep life in check.

I will not send you anything else, just the band and a smile :)

DO What’s Worth Doing.

Side note: I apologize if you received a duplicate email last time. I’m testing the waters with my email sender and the Breathe article went out twice.

The Final Four: Vote on Poster Design

January 25, 2012 - 3 comments. Posted by in Announcements, Whatever.

As some of you might know, I’m working on a poster dubbed as “The Manifesteaux Poster”.

The poster was created as a guideline/words-of-wisdom for my little girls. I wanted it to be easy-to-read and clear for them to read it everyday or when they make big decisions in life – you know, something to live by.

Here is the Final Four:

These are the best of the best designs picked by you.

Your vote is greatly appreciated and will determine which one of these goes to press. The results will be posted here on the 30th.

The votes are in and #3 “DO” is the winner. Check back soon for a freebie :) (Now available)

NOTE: These are rough-draft layouts, just to get the idea across. The final version will be in greater detail.