Alex (yakshaver) wrote,

kitchen question: how do you serve oil & vinegar?

I've always used bottled salad dressing, and I guess I've had other things to pay attention to when eating with someone who used oil & vinegar. At any rate, I want to have it on offer for some dinner guests this weekend — and I suddenly realize I have no idea how it's served.

I do recall seeing on at least one occasion (a friend's parents' dining table, circa 1986) a widget into which you pour oil and vinegar, and out of which you somehow magically* pour oil&vinegar. Does anyone know what these are called? And do they really work? Or is the fact that they don't the reason I only recall ever seeing the one?

I also think I've oil and vinegar on the table each in its own small bottle with a pour spout. Is that the normal presentation?

* I remember the pater familias explaining how it worked, and it making sense to me at the time, but it was a long time ago.
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