“It actually lasted 25.”
“I’m not talking about your marriage. I’m talking about the salad dressing.”
I pressed her again for details. Finally, after further cajoling, I received this email:
LINDA’S SALAD DRESSING
2 T sugar (NOT artificial sweetener)
2 T ketchup (NOT chili sauce)
1 T Durkee Famous Sauce (Do NOT substitute)
3 T apple cider vinegar (NOT red wine vinegar)
1/2 cup of vegetable or canola oil (NOT olive oil)
Put in blender (Do NOT whisk)
Well, first of all, this was the most hostile recipe I had ever seen, and I think an entire cookbook like this would be very intimidating for people who wanted to just have some creative fun in the kitchen. I prepared the dressing exactly as Linda instructed, and I even called her to be sure I had the blender on the right speed. All Linda said was, “NOT puree.” By the way, growing up, she had a very positive attitude.
I am very proud of my finished product. I have drizzled it on my salad every night for the past week. I decided to ask Linda for the recipe for her fabulous Chicken Marsala. She told me she really didn’t have the specifics for that one, either, but she said that when Mary Ellen and I come to New York in June, she’ll serve it to us. I said “No thanks.” I seem to remember that’s also what we had at her wedding.