Bring a party gift of your best vinaigrette recipe THIS WAY; your host will totally dig it. No matter that it’s just a recycled jar. Once the dressing is consumed and the jar is washed, the recipe is still there and he/she can prepare it again and again.
Making the jar is a little more complicated than you might think. Trust me, you will still want to do this. Yes, also bring a bottle of wine to the party. Larry always does. This is just friendly, homey stuff. A jar with a recipe written on it.
- Soak off the label, scrape with a razor blade, wash well and then clean the outside again with alcohol and cotton swab.
- Buy a package of Sharpie PAINT PENS (not just a Sharpie). I found these at Home Depot on the Martha Stewart display (great merchandising, Sharpie). $12 for a package of five. Pricey but you will never run out.
- Pick the right recipe – too many ingredients and it won’t fit on the glass. Too small a quantity and it’s not enough dressing. Mine, below, makes one cup with 8 ingredients. Use your own name, I don’t mind.
- Print your recipe on the computer in a writeable style font, like Bradley Hand in 24 point. This helps you see how to fit it onto the glass AND be able to hand write it.
- Cut and place the paper inside the jar.
- Practice writing with the paint pen on cardboard first. Once you start the glass, no turning back.
- Go. It will be great.
- PS – suggest your host hand-wash the jar. Dishwasher detergent is designed to SCRAPE food off dishes, so your painted letters may eventually chip off.
Patti’s Vinaigrette – 1 Cup
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp. dried basil
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper