As a recent college graduate, I have to admit that I’m not the best cook. I always wanted to learn, but between class and homework, convenience trumped creativity--and my patience. Coming home from class, work, or one of my endless meetings, I just wanted something fast and easy. Often, that meant I had to compromise on flavor. Sure, a can of tuna is quick, but not always the most satisfying in terms of taste. That was when I discovered my secret pantry weapon: vinegar. I’ve heard the rumors of how great vinegar is as an impromptu cleaning product, but it’s also a powerful flavor booster! Sprinkle some balsamic on fresh strawberries and bam! You’ve got a savory-sweet treat.
Don’t have salad dressing handy? Red wine vinegar with a touch of lemon juice tastes just as great as Paul Newman’s.