Oil spill cleanup: Keep it simple

I wrote a few days ago that oil and water don’t mix. My mom taught me that when I was learning how to cook. We used to make our own salad dressing with oil and vinegar, and I thought it was so cool how the two would separate after being shaken vigorously. The same happens when you mix oil and water — like those ships on waves in a bottle. Very simple technique!

Maybe we need to take a simpler approach to stopping the oil flow and ramping up the clean up: Take the contents of the Gulf, put it in a big vat, shake it up and skim the water off the top!

I know the oil spill is a very serious thing, but sometimes it helps to laugh a little.

Here’s my mom’s recipe for oil and vinegar dressing:

1/2 cup oil (we used to use vegetable oil but any kind you like will do)

1 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano (or any other herb you like)

salt & pepper (optional)

Put ingredients in a mason jar. Put a lid on it. Shake vigorously. Serve immediately over salad.


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