Friend brought over a home-made lasagna. I was (as usual) overwhelmed by the taste of bitter, overpowering oregano, in the sauce.
When I make "red sauce," I use bay leaves, flat parsley and basil -- *never* any oregano. Nobody's ever criticized my sauce for being oregano-free. In fact, lots of people ask me for the recipe.
However, it seems that oregano's a pretty integral part of any "Italian-style" spice amalgam these days. So people must enjoy it.
I'll never add oregano to my red sauce, but perhaps some 'Hounds would like to share their favorite oregano uses/recipes.
FYI: the *only* recipe in my repertoire which calls for oregano is for plum tomatoes stuffed with rice, (fresh) oregano, and lemon rind, in chicken broth. I kinda like the way oregano plays off of lemon flavor.