We Know the Name of this Salad: Caesar
Cambridge (Boston) , Massachusetts
Traditional Caesar Salad flavors are easy with homemade dressing and croutons. Garlic, lemon and a hint of anchovy are emulsified in mayonnaise and extra virgin olive oil for a creamy dressing on crisp Romaine leaves. Top with crunchy cheesy croutons.
MAPPING THE DAY
Remember the Cheers TV show in the 1980’s? Regulars of a Boston establishment shared their lives with each other while drinking at the bar where everyone knows your name. The theme song comes to mind in an instant:
“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name.”
We happened into a downstairs bar in Harvard Square/Cambridge on a Saturday afternoon. We ordered a couple Narragansett beers on tap. A gentleman walked in soon after us, sat on a barstool nearby. He was greeted by the bartender: “Hello Doc”. Before the guest was settled, his martini with a twist was in front of him. We suddenly felt like we were right there at Cheers with Sam Malone, Carla, Cliff and Norm.
We could not help but make up a story about our bar mate. He was dressed in a tweedy jacket, his graying hair a little windblown. We imagined that he was a renowned professor from Harvard University located a few blocks away.
VIEW FROM THE TABLE
We perused the menu for a late afternoon snack, he for his dinner. After we ordered a Caesar Salad, we finally started a conversations with him about his menu selection. We discovered a very interesting man. He was not a professor at all. He said he attended Harvard more than 40 years ago and never left Cambridge. He then vaguely described a committee that he works on with “very smart people”. He was humble, soft-spoken and maybe alone. But he could walk into a bar and they knew his name.
Our Caesar Salad really hit the spot that late afternoon with bold flavors, crisp lettuce and satisfying crunch. Make this traditional version as a side dish or add some chicken or fish for an entree.
RECIPE: Caesar Salad
RECIPE: Cheesy Croutons