Tricks to make mayonnaise your go-to secret ingredient of the summer

Corn lightly spread with mayo and then grilled is mixed with lime juice, cojita cheese and ground chiles. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Homemade mayonnaise requires just a few ingredients: An egg, lemon juice or vinegar, mustard, seasoning and oil. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Mayonnaise can act as the base for myriad sauces. Here it's combined with capers, a squeeze of lemon juice and some minced parsley, and served with pan-seared fish. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Granted, it doesn’t roll off the tongue like “Jimmy ‘the Greek’ Snyder” or “Vlad ‘the Impaler’ Tepes,” but, over the years I’ve acquired the sobriquet, “Jim ‘Won’t-Shut-Up-About-the Visigoths’ DeWan.” But, come on, who doesn’t love a bit of the old barbarian?