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I want to send a food related thank you gift via mail-order. Ideas??

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. My friend is Italian American so I think I will go with the cake! I'll keep the other ideas for another time.

Feb 03, 2008
vgorgue in General Topics

Espresso machines. Help!

There is an excellent web site "wholelattelove.com" which sells machines, coffee etc. They have an excellent sales staff which can guide you to the perfect machine for you. (I am not connected to them in any way!) I finally bit the bullet and bought a grinder and espresso machine for a total of about $900 and have been in heaven ever since. Should have done it a long time ago.

Feb 02, 2008
vgorgue in Cookware

Fresh (not smoked) Ham Hocks

Does anyone know where I can get these in Fairfield County? Thanks.

I want to send a food related thank you gift via mail-order. Ideas??

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Feb 02, 2008
vgorgue in General Topics

Ideas for French-themed appetizers?

Bingo! Pissaladiere would be great! Probably baked off on the morning of serving, though. But it can and should be kept at room temperature.

Feb 01, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

change of user name

I realize that my user name is too specific and would like to change it. Plse advise. tx.

Feb 01, 2008
vgorgue in Site Talk

Ideas for French-themed appetizers?

The French themselves usually serve quite simple apps like spiced nuts and interesting olives. Otherwise, cheeses or pates and crackers as above - try goat cheese with a dollop of fig jam on top. Also typically French is smoked salmon - I spead toasts with Philly cream cheese with chives very lightly, then lay over the salmon and a very thin lemon slice. I would try to store these in a cooler or maybe the dreaded fridge.

Feb 01, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

Light Lunch in Scenic Location for Out of Town Visitor

As it turns out, the lunch was cancelled! Thanks for the suggestions anyway. I'll keep them in mind for next time.

Light Lunch in Scenic Location for Out of Town Visitor

Thanks. I will try it.

Hors d'oeuvre Suggestions for Choucroute Dinner

This does sound good. And very authentic. The amount of meat looks rather staggering though! Thanks.

Jan 31, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

Hors d'oeuvre Suggestions for Choucroute Dinner

Found it!! In epicurious. The cheese is fromage blanc (a french kind of smooth cottage cheese) mixed with grated gruyere. I will try this recipe this week-end. Sounds yummy.

Jan 31, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

Hors d'oeuvre Suggestions for Choucroute Dinner

Hmmmm....I wonder what cheese they used. I googled Alsation cheese tart but all I got were recipes for quiche. I'm kinda leaning toward goat cheese crostini with a dollop of fig jam. Not really alsation, but maybe a nice complement. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jan 31, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

Hors d'oeuvre Suggestions for Choucroute Dinner

I'm planning to make a big choucroute next weekend. The rest of the menu will be a cheese and fruit platter and apple tart. I'm looking for hors d'oeuvres suggestions. Also, what kind of sausages do you suggest for a real Alsation choucroute? I got some saucissons a l'ail and plan to add smoked pork chops. What else?? Thanks.

Jan 31, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

No Knead Bread - 1 Year Later

Just found this post. Nice to know there are so many other no-knead bread fans! I make the recipe with 11/2 cups bread flour, and 11/2 cups whole wheat flour, a tablespoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of yeast. I add lots of water to make a fairly loose dough (a scant 2 cups). I let it rise in the mixing bowl overnight and bake the following evening. To avoid the transfer problem I form the dough and let it rise on a parchment paper lined skillet (covered with saran wrap) which is approximately the same diameter as my (pyrex) bowl. When ready I lift the dough still on the parchment paper from the skillet and place it, paper and all, in the preheated pyrex bowl in the oven, cover and bake. Works perfectly, full of holes. This method is so easy and my husband refused to eat any other bread.

Jan 31, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking

Light Lunch in Scenic Location for Out of Town Visitor

Thanks. Have you tried it since it went upscale?

Light Lunch in Scenic Location for Out of Town Visitor

Good idea. What about Harbor Lights? I like Rowayton better, but Harbor Lights has a more varied menu. Don't know if she is into seafood.

Light Lunch in Scenic Location for Out of Town Visitor

My daughter in law's mother is in town and I offered to take her to lunch tomorrow. I'm drawing a blank for a place around Westport which has good light food and is either "scenic" or "typical" of the area. Any ideas?

Decadent, delicious, delightful BUTTER in Norwalk

Thanks. I'm making a big choucroute this week-end and will see if I can get some interesting sausages to go in it. I will also definitely look at the butters. It's surprising to me that people don't know that butter can come in many flavors and qualities.

Decadent, delicious, delightful BUTTER in Norwalk

I've seen that store but never went in. What else do they have? Fresh sausages by any chance?

In need of ideas for hors d'oeuvres!!!

Two easy crostini: 1.goat cheese with a dollop of fig jam and a small slice of fresh fig (if available 2 smoked salmon topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and a little fresh dill.

Jan 28, 2008
vgorgue in Home Cooking