I know he did one in the wooden bowl that I think must have been your classic Cesar Salad dressing; rub the bowl with garlic, add all ingredients in the bowl and then throw in the mixed greens and toss.
I found this recipe several years ago and it reminds me of one he use to make.
I know his used fresh shallots because I remember well his search for fresh Shallots.
All you could find back then were some frozen ones. He used them, but grumbled knowing there was something better out there somewhere.
I can't help but think of him anytime I buy the fresh ones.
My father loved good food and would have relished and found humor in the slow food movement, as I do.
He thought and talked about food as far back as I can remember. He loved whole wheat, stout breads, that he would call peasant breads. He called wonder bread, “library paste” and wanted nothing to do with it.
He was fond of good cheese, a good cut of meat, a meal well prepared and loved to cook when he had time.
Some of my favorite memories are eating his Chili with a grapefruit, orange and onion green salad on the side.The hot spicy of the chili set off by the citrus was so good. (My sister Leslie just posted our father's chili go read about it and put in on your list to make) Mark and I shared this meal with my parents every Sunday while I was expecting my first child.
A lazy Sunday evening, Chili, the parents and good conversation.
When we traveled as a family he looked for good Mom and Pop diners and once told me to judge a place by the cars in the parking lot.
He said if there is a Cadillac next to a pick up truck you can bet the food is good.
Now back to the salad dressing:
Using your favorite small pottery bowl mix the following:
1 TBS. Minced shallots
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp. powdered mustard
¼ dries basil
¼ tsp. oregano
½ tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/3 cup Olive oil
3 TBS. vinegar
Place all but the vinegar in a bowl.
Stir well and let sit for about 1 hour.
Stir in vinegar.
You can play with this depending on the herbs you like.
Tarragon instead of basil and oregano…
Add garlic if you like…. or you could use this to dip some of that good bread in.