December 2017

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Sugar Whore

     Paul Fussell wrote a book titled Class: A Guide Through The American Status System.  In it he discusses three broad classes in the United States: upper class, middle class, and prole. He humorously dissects and compares the attributes, properties, and proclivities of each.  Class Determinants      According to Fussell one of his class determinants is the wearing of clothes. It’s not only about what we wear but how we wear them.  He believes that if a person wears something that can be read, they’re not a member of the upper class. If…

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Performing A Caesar Salad Preparation Tableside

     One of the more delightful experiences diners can have is for a skilled waiter to prepare a Caesar salad at their table. It’s a chance for waiters to demonstrate their art. The vigorous whisking, mixing, tossing and stirring the ingredients delights their patrons. It’s quite a show. After croutons are added for crunch and slivers of cheese for flavor, the masterpiece is served.  Ah, perfection. Prepare Your Own Caesar Salad      With a bit of preparation and practice, you can do this at home.  If you want some pointers, search YouTube….

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A Seafood Bolognese That’s Very Interesting

A Seafood Bolognese?      By definition, a seafood bolognese makes no sense. According to culinary tradition, a Bolognese sauce is meat-based and it’s referred to as ragu’ in Italy. It is cooked over low heat for many hours. And because it’s meat based, it reflects the cuisine of Northern Italy. This part of Italy is more fitted to support livestock and wildlife with its green pastures and woodlands. Also, the North borders Austria and France which also influences what they prepare.      There’s no meat in this recipe. Instead, a fresh seafood selection…

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Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller – A Great Holiday Appetizer

First Up – Oysters Rockefeller     When we are hosting a Christmas dinner, most of our guests arrive absolutely famished. They can’t wait to begin the feast. Knowing this we love to immediately offer them Oysters Rockefeller. It’s unique appetizer and a great starter,      We let our guests know ahead of time what we will be serving. Not everyone will want to partake, so getting their orders before they arrive certainly helps in planning. We usually prepare 2-3 oysters per guest.      Also, on Christmas day stovetop and oven space…

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On The Road Again – NYC and McCoy Tyner

A Dinner Parties and More Extra . . . A Review Tyner At The Blue Note      While researching things to do for a forthcoming trip to New York City, I noticed McCoy Tyner was scheduled to play at the Blue Note. I knew this might be my last chance to get to hear him play, so we purchased tickets.      We love jazz club venues, and the Blue Note is one of the best. We were seated right next to the stage. The piano was on a riser immediately above us so we had…

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Croque Madame – Inviting A Lady To Breakfast

Offering a French Delight      If you are hosting overnight guests for the holidays, and you want to add a cosmopolitan touch to breakfast, serve each of them a croque madame. If they’ve never eaten one before, then they are in for a treat.          It’s really simple to make. It’s a half sandwich where a slice of bread is covered with a high-quality wet-cured ham. Ladle some béchamel sauce on top of the ham, and cover everything with a layer of coarsely-grated Gruyere cheese. Melt the cheese, and then add the pièce de résistance…

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Croque Madame. Invite A French Lady To Breakfast.

Offering a French Delight – The Croque Madame      If you are hosting overnight guests for the holidays and you want to add a cosmopolitan touch to breakfast, serve each of them a croque madame. If they’ve never eaten one before, then they are in for a treat.          It’s really quite simple to make. It’s a half sandwich where a slice of bread is covered with a high-quality wet-cured ham. Ladle some béchamel sauce on top of the ham, and cover everything with a layer of coarsely-grated Gruyere cheese. And then add the pièce…

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Give A Delicious Lemon Curd

A lemon curd? I’m thinking YUCK!      My introduction to a lemon curd was at a friend’s house. Their breakfast offering was scones served with a lemon curd. The curds and whey mentioned in the nursery rhyme immediately popped into my head. Note the picture of Little Miss Muffet looking none too pleased with her curds and whey.      This always sounded awful to me, so with some trepidation I spread it on my scone. It resembled a spreadable custard in consistency, and it is in fact a type of preserves. It was delicious. And…

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