April 2019

Cocktail Party Banter

COCKTAIL TALK OR TIME TO SPRUCE UP YOUR WITTY REPARTEE      Whenever I hear witty repartee, I immediately think this could be a cartoon character. It’s definition from the dictionary is “a succession or interchange of clever retorts, amusing and usually light sparring with words.” Another definition said “it’s snappy dialogue” which also sounds like a cartoon character.      Having a gift for witty repartee is extremely useful when it comes to small talk. I’d like to issue a quote from a favorite handbook of mine, Social Graces by Town…

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coq au vin cuisine

Your Go-to Classic Cuisine

     Before you head to the patio for a summer of BBQ, stay in the kitchen long enough to prepare one more classic dish. Treat family, friends and yourself to this French delight.      To be considered a great dinner party host, you need to have a dish representing a classic cuisine when you want to impress. It’s the one you’ve served many times and can prepare with a relatively high chance of success.      Over the years, it’s been changed so that it agrees with your particular tastes, and it’s the dish that has made…

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coq au vin cuisine

Coq Au Vin (Your Go-to Classic)

     Just because you’re using a classic recipe such as coq au vin doesn’t mean you can’t change it.  All good cooks want their rendition to be unique, so alter it until you are finally satisfied you have it exactly the way you want it.      To try to set my coq au vin recipe apart from everyone else’s, I’ve done the following:            *  I use fresh pearl onions instead of the frozen variety; however, removing the outer papery layer is a bit tedious.           *  I add a dab of…

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My Humble Culinary Opinion

     Dante Alighieri, in the 14th-century, wrote the epic poem, Divine Comedy. With a name like Dante Alighieri, it sounds as if he should be a chef at Spago or Restaurant Guy Savoy instead of a fabled writer.      To me, Dante was a Late Middle Ages finger-wagger. You made your bed, and you were going to have to sleep in it. And if you didn’t live right, your bed was going to be in hell.       In his poem, Virgil proceeds to guide Dante through the nine circles of…

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