I make no claims about being any sort of culinary expert -- I just really like food. I've been a try-this-at-home cook for the past few years. I shop on a limited budget, but have expensive taste, so I enjoy the challenge of finding a middle ground.
Here’s a good, colorful lunchtime salad with mixed greens, grape tomatoes, chopped carrots, English cucumber and shaved Parmesan and Romano cheeses. In order to add some zest to this mid-day meal I made an Italian-inspired dressing by whisking together ¼ cup red wine vinegar, ¼ cup olive oil (infused with dried red peppers and herbs), a teaspoon of dried oregano and some salt and pepper to taste.