Q: I want to make my own vinaigrette for my summer salads, what is the ratio of oil to vinegar?
Q: When I make merengue for pies, it turns into a watery mess, how do I avoid this?
A: When making merengue pies (for example lemon merengue pie) you need to make sure the pie filling is hot. If the filling is cool when you put on the merengue, then the steam from the filling just reaches the surface between the merengue and filling. When the pie cools, this steam condenses, leaving the sweet watery mess. If the filling is hot, the steam will more easily pass through the baking merengue.