Luca's Caesar Salad
This recipe is a favorite of Lucinda's youngest son, Luca; he prefers it without anchovies, but feel free to garnish your salad with a few for a deeper flavor.
At least 15 minutes and up to several hours in advance, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the olive oil and the garlic and set aside.
When ready to cook, heat the garlic oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bread cubes and cook, stirring, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towel and toss with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.
Place the cold lettuce in a salad bowl. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil over the lettuce. Add the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt and toss well. Place the shelled, whole eggs in the center of the lettuce. Add the lemon juice and toss well. The soft-cooked eggs will break apart and combine with the lemon juice to coat the salad with creamy dressing. Add Parmesan cheese and toasted bread cubes, toss again, and top with pepper. Top with anchovies, if desired, and serve immediately.