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  1. Hi, Chris and all: Our two local farmers' markets in Hillsborough, NC (they are not on speaking terms, which is another tale)generally charge more for a comparable item than the local supermarkets. However, as some posters have pointed out, a FM tomato is not a supermarket tomato in terms of taste, ripeness, etc., so it sometimes comes down to intangibles - how much extra will I pay for something that tastes good? I'm presently in France, where the local marché volant is a fixture almost everywhere; here, the "Atlantic proposition" is true: The produce in the markets is generally cheaper and better than in the supermarkets. I haven't been here long enough (and can't speak French well enough)to solve the mystery of how an enterprise that has to build and tear down its stalls on a given day, and move to another location and do it all over again the next day, can possibly break even. This is possibly a digression from Chris's topic, for which I apologize. Bartow
  2. Hello, and Merry Christmas (the best time for making cheese straws). I have successfully used a Mirro "16 pc. Cookie Pastry Press" for a number of years for my cheese straws. It has an aluminum barrel and a big knurled knob to facilitate extruding the dough. I also use the star shape die. After a few dozen cranks, my hand gets a little sore, but the press holds up just fine! I believe I bought mine at Bridge Kitchenware in NYC, but I could be wrong... Good luck! Bartow
  3. Trying to find the perfect recipe for roasted and salted pecans. Why? The giant pecan tree in my backyard has given me about 150 pounds of the little buggers, and I'm tired of burning them!

  4. Take the train from Gare St. Lazare (or drive - it's about 2 hours) to Honfleur, a delightful and relatively unspoiled seaport near the mouth of the Seine.The Michelin 1-star resto, Sa Qua Na, there has gotten some good (and also bad) reviews. However, just walk down the street r. L'Homme de Bois to the resto at 30-32 (also called L'Homme de Bois) for a fantastic meal among the locals and friendly service at about 1/5 the price.You won't regret it!
  5. Hello, all- I just stumbled onto this thread, and would like to add a few comments: I agree with kayb about Dreamland; a unidimensional sauce covering 2nd rate "Q". Having just moved to HIllsborough, NC, which is not far from some historic epicenters of fine BBQ, I tend to agree with the natives. There are two transcendental BBQ purveyors within 5 miles of my house, and they are only a sample.I would suggest to nathanm that he classify his findings into the separate but perhaps equal vinegar/tomato (sauce) and pork/beef (meat) categories; otherwisw we have the apples vs. oranges arguments... Bartow
  6. Hello, Parigi (and Margaret)- We rushed off on our trip before I saw your post, Parigi, but we will definitely try it on our next trip to Fontainebleu. As it turned out, we didn't even get to stop there, as it was too late to tour the chateau; therefore we will certainly follow your advice sooner rather than later. For others reading this thread, there is one restaurant in this area to avoid: The hotel/resto Aux Vieux Remparts in Provins. There was much napkin-snapping and many pseudo-gourmet touches: pieces of slate for plates, little sweeps of foam around the food, and vegetables served in cute little pots w/lids, etc. However, the foie gras was liquid in its interior, having probably just been brought out of the freezer and thrown into the pan; the spring lamb chop was mostly fat, and the small bits of veal, coquettishly decorated with what looked like Pringle's potato chips, were dry and tasteless. And on and on...We had had a much better meal at 1/3 the cost the previous evening at a tiny roadside place called Chez Nanou near Verneuil. A bientot, Bartow
  7. Hello, all- After a long silence, I am happy to be back reading the eG pages. Having retired (like John) and having met the femme de mon coeur (in CDG Terminal 2!), I'm happily living part time in Paris. Life is good, indeed. But enough about me - Having had our trip to Greece washed out (more exactly, "ashed out") by that unpronounceable volcano in Iceland, Jo and I are consoling ourselves with a trip all around Paris - sort of a Grande Peripherique - and would really like some hint for good restos in or near the places mentioned above. Many thanks. Bartow
  8. ...and if pigs had wings, there'd be pork in the treetops. Gentle people, please continue this thread. I am in Paris (well, L'Etang-la-Ville, just west of Paris) with la femme de mon coeur, and am looking for a good place for a Monday evening grande bouffe. All the best, Bartow
  9. Hello, all! I'm returning to eGullet after a long silent spell (the run-up to retirement can be very busy), and am overjoyed to see John, Margaret, et al. still anticipating my questions. As a statement of sorts to myself - yes, Bartow, old sock, you're *really* retiring! - I decided to spend 2 months meandering around France & Switzerland, and will be spending a few weeks in the Dordogne/Perigord/Lot regions, where I've never before been. I'll be coming in from the coast (La Rochelle?) and staying at a gite near Brive-le-Gaillard for a week. I read Carlux's entry on "Chez Jeanne", plus the ensuing thread, and ended up drooling on my keyboard. Any more suggestions for dining in the area? Also, if you have any thoughts/suggestions on restos in the Guerande area, I'd appreciate hearing them. Best regards, Bartow (and I promise to take good notes and report on my own trip)
  10. Hello, Jamie- Many thanks for updating your '04 list. I'll be going to Paris in 3 weeks with some vegetarian friends (but hope to sneak in a steak frites when they aren't looking). I notice that you omitted the Violon d'Ingres from your new list - Any reason? I was thinking of reserving there, and asking the Constants to create a veggie-friendly menu for my friends. Regards, Bartow
  11. Bartow

    L'Ambroisie

    Hello, all- I gotta say - coming back to the eG site after a few months is like walking into your favorite bar: Hi, John (neat beard!), hi Bux, hi, Ptipois, whazzup? I'm headed back to Paris for a long wkend with my daughter to meet some old friends. The routine will be similar to the previous time I queried the eG gang: "Forced marches" through art museums (daughter Molly is an art history grad student at Hahvard) interspersed with food-centered forays. We're staying in an apartment on r. Lacepede near the Jardin des Plantes, around the corner from Mme Herve's boulangerie and a few blocks from Kayser. BIG question: I've been mooching around the outside of L'Ambroisie for about 30 years, and may finally be ready to try for reservations, BUT Daughter Molly is a vegetarian (not one of those tiresome preachy religious ones - she just doesn't eat things with faces, even shrimp faces). Would a dinner at m. Pacaud's place be wasted? Can his menu accommodate someone who doesn't eat all of the things for which that this master is famous? I would very much appreciate guidance here, and thanks in advance BTW: I've read the Ambroisie/"Ambrosie" threads on eG, and have enjoyed them immensely (especially the one re "fun vs. reverence" at fancy restos - I'll have to relate sometime our meal at Recamier when we reduced our very serious waiter to gales of helpless, shrieking laughter). Many thanks, Bartow
  12. Jennifer, I know this is too late for your wkend, but I just wanted to give another second to the previous remarks about Paule Caillat's cooking classes & tours - She is a true force of nature: energetic, knowledgeable, and an absolute hoot. Her afternoon tour took us to Lionel Poilane's basement ovens, a 5th generation saffron establishment, and (of course) Dehillerin. One of the best Paris days I can remember, and I've had lots. Bartow
  13. Hello, all- Weighing in late but briefly on LAb #2, since I'm having to cover for a missing staff member today. Executive summary: Lighter wine is better (I used a not-so-nouveau beaujolais), but I preferred the veggie braise overall. Re the drowned meat thread - I can't imagine a totally submerged piece to develop the flavor that comes from air oxidation! Sorry for the telegram, guys - times like these, I yearn for retirement. Bartow
  14. Hello, you-all: As a true Charlestonian, I'm happy to claim that shrimp & hominy (hwwilson was right about us calling it "hominy") originated there. If it didn't, it *should* have. THere are a number of prettified S&H recipes (the best one IMHO can be found at the Web site for the Hominy Grill, a fantastic Charleston restaurant (http://www.hominygrill.com/ - look under "recipes"). My S&H memories are much more personal: My father was a professor at the Medical University there, but he was an avid outdoorsman. Somewhere he learned how to knit shrimp nets - 12-foot circular nets with a weighted periphery that were thrown from the bow of a small rowboat (I got to row) in a kind of vast Frisbee-like motion. We used to go shrimping in the small tidal creeks around Charleston, and rarely did we come back with less than a bushel basket full of tiny, little-finger-sized creek shrimp. We would peel them raw (much easier than peeling cooked shrimp) and either freeze them, or just boil & eat them. Father didn't cook much, but he had a magical way with shrimp & hominy. I suspect that he used equal parts of shrimp, hominy & butter. Alas, the shrimp have long since chosen other places to breed, so I rely on those South American tame shrimp now. But they still make a breakfast fit for kings! Damn, I'm hungry! Regards, Bartow
  15. Steven- Re #2 Two questions: 1. For the braising liquid testing, I have 4 ceramic onion soup pots w/lids, each of which would hold only 1 shortrib. Thier advantage is that they are absolutely uniform in size. Otherwise I can go with loaf pans. 2. My shortribs from #1 rendered a lot of fat during the braising. Can I remove it before proceeding to reheat the samples, or should I leave them greasy?
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