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Margaret Pilgrim

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  1. Vegetarian Fine Dining in Paris

    Maceo is a lovely room with friendly vegetarian options rather than afterthoughts.
  2. Fish and Chips with Simon

    No newsprint, but excellent quality fish and perfect fries at Woodhouse Fish Company in SF. I prefer the Polk Street kitchen to the Market Street one, but they are both good. Not the cheapest, but huge portions of really well prepared battered fish and super fries. http://www.woodhousefish.com/
  3. Fish and Chips with Simon

    Good grief! I hadn't thought of that place in decades. You'd carry you order home wrapped in newsprint. Good eating it was.
  4. Patisseries in Paris

    Here's a few to flame your fantasies: http://www.parispatisseries.com/
  5. DIY Rotisserie

    We do something similar. My husband cut one long side off a Farber grill so that food on the spit had more exposure to the radiant heat of the fireplace. We cover the motor with heavy duty foil, secure the meat (chicken or leg of lamb) on the spit andplace the grill in front of the fireplace coals. Absolutely fabulous results. You can play with the kinds of woods you use, such as peach or almond or use vine cuttings. Of course, you can buy these fireplace "roasting jacke", but as the OP suggests it's fun to "do it for free".
  6. The Ultimate Roast Chicken

    And it is hers that I think is the ultimate roast chicken. Fitting that something so simple yet so perfect would be her legacy.
  7. Duck press meals in Paris

    What Putty Man says. Here is the concept; http://jetcitygastrophysics.com/2011/11/23/nextparis-1906-at-home-caneton-rouennais-a-la-presse/
  8. Fried Polenta

    Elsie, I think you answered your own question. When things stick, it is usually because they have not formed enough bottom crust. A minute longer might give you releasable slices. I often take these fried slices, place them in a buttered baking dish, shingle fashion and sauce them: a drizzle of marinara sauce followed by a drizzle of bechemel. Shower with parmesan and back until hot and bubbly.
  9. I have no idea, but I will definitely "try this at home". Thanks for this lovely concept.
  10. Braising help needed

    Braises are my idiot-proof dinner party go-to. I brown large cuts (osso buco or lamb shanks) or smaller chunks of lamb or pork, less frequently beef, deglaze the pot (All Clad dutch oven) with appropriate wine, pile the meat on browned onions, garlic cloves, a bouquet garni, add appropriate broth almost to cover. Cover with a paper lid and put in a 275 to 300F oven for 3 to 5 hours, checking on doneness after 3. Always, always tender as love meat and ambrosial juices.
  11. Our gleanings so far this weekend: On my shopping list was baking soda, French working jars (the ones with the orange, red or green plastic lids and a double boiler large enough to hold dinner party quantities of mashed potatoes or polenta. Went to one estate sale where my husband unearthed 2 unopened boxes of arm and hammer with 2012 dates, a box of 12 working jars with 6 lids and a 2 qt Calphalon double boiler. Total price: $5.00. Raced to the car, yelling to husband, "Start the car, start the car!", channeling a local Ikea commercial in which the wife thinks they have mis-rung her purchases because her bill was so low.
  12. Heidi, It looks like a pickle or jam "caster" jar. These usually were in sets of two or three and were held in silver or pewter "hangers" .. Here's a page with a bunch, the style varied considerably, some open, many had lids. Castor jars usually had metal (silver plate, etc) lids and were not threaded. Threaded, in fact, is the operative descriptive word for this jar. I have seen them at French flea markets but have never asked their original use.
  13. Super find! And if you only paid $10, you should feel guilt for robbing a vendor with whom you have a relationship! Threaded glass is very perishable, so to find a piece that is intact is in itself a coup. It's a lovely piece. I don't want to hazard dating it, but I would warn against screwing and unscrewing it unnecessarily (as in show and tell) because the threads do chip. (I remember being severely scolded at a flea market in France when testing just such jars.) Enjoy your treasure!
  14. We received ours as a wedding gift in 1958. eta: this was in response to the manu date of the West Bend Penguin decorated aluminum ice bucket.
  15. Vanilla Beans: What Should I Look For?

    I would get them out of the little glass vials and into something hermetically sealed. What you are smelling is flavor escaping into the room!
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