I'm back!! Did you miss me? My computer got a Trojan and it was a bad one that basically took over or "highjacked" all of my computer. I am just so pleased to be able to come back and post again. I had done my "r" already so just had to post it.
For "s" I am going to do salad dressing. A wonderful salad can be ruined so easily with a crappy salad dressing. Commercial dressings tend to be too sweet/salty or acidic to be pleasurable besides being so overloaded with chemicals that you wonder if there are any natural ingredients even in them. That is not to say that there are no good commercial products just that most of them are somewhat challenged in the natural ingredient department. I prefer to use products that I know what the ingredients actually are.
fresh ground pepper
In any container that has a lid, pour one part wine vinegar, two parts olive oil, about 1/4 -1/2 tsp salt (depending how much dressing you are making), fresh ground pepper - about 1/4 tsp., one tsp. basil, and finally the dijon mustard - about 1 tsp - 1 tbsp. Don''t leave out the mustard - it brings todgether the oil and vinegar and allows them to stay mixed together, besides adding great taste!
Crush a garlic clove and add to container.
Put the lid on securely and shake extremely well.
Pour over salad.
You can vary the type of vinegar - there are so many great ones out there! Try balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, or if you want to be more exotic, try some other specialty vinegars - they can add a great dimension to your dressing.