Inviting friends over to dinner has always been a sport I looked forward to. We love food, and it is always our pleasure to share our love for delicious cuisines with friends. But, of course, it also helps that my husband and I know our way around the kitchen and are no strangers to ingredients.
What gets us more is when our guest brings along a token or gift to signify appreciation for being invited and hosted.
Last summer, our friends Matt and Bobby came over for dinner one night, and Instead of the perfunctory bottle of wine, they brought a jar of delicious salad dressing with a story.
Crane Crest’s Real French Dressing is a one-product venture with no website, just a phone number, 617.277.1325. So to get yourself a jar of this super healthy and delicious salad dressing, first, you leave a message with your address and phone number (just in case). Then, they mail you the product ($18 for a case of six) with an invoice. The honor system, can you imagine? A cult WASP favorite among bluebloods like the Bushes, the ingredients are characteristically not fancy: corn oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, iodized salt, sugar, and spices but boy did this mix make the finest salad dressing my taste buds have ever been treated to.
I also marinated a very firm fish in it for an hour and threw it on the grill–divine. You can buy single units (but not online) from John Dewar.
In all, it was a lovely dinner, and the salad dressing was the icing on the cake for our meal that evening. We are inviting them – Matt and Bobby – to dinner again in the nearest future.
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