The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

M-J's Recommendations

Posted on July 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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Making Sausage at Home

Posted on April 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Photo: M-J's Home-Made Brioche with SausageMerguez avec Brioche

Why bother making your own sausage? Because you can choose the sort of casings and ingredients, ensuring that you won't be ingesting something that makes you cringe. For example, I think the beef-collagen casings sound more appetising (if there is such a thing where sausage casings are concerned) than "natural" ones. Here is a SAUSAGE-LINK. The SausageMaker.com has everything one needs to make sausage at home, except the meat.

I received an email notice from Chefs.com this morning, which contained a plug for the Kitchenaid Mixer's Breakfast Kit. It includes a sausage-making attachment, a juicing tool, and something to help one make salsa. I am intrigued by this, and it is now on my wish-list. If I ever acquire the breakfast tool kit, I shall review it here at The Elegant Cook's Notes.

©M-J de Mesterton

Using a Simmer-Mat

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:05 AM
My black Dutch oven is sitting upon a simmer-mat that has been placed on the back burner. This inexpensive, invaluable tool protects the pot and its contents from scorching, while slow-cooking at low temperatures. Many cookers just cannot be set low enough to prevent burning foods or even destroying the vessels in which they are cooked. Simmer pads solve that problem in an easy and elegant manner.
©Jeanne "M-J" de Mesterton 2012

The Stainless Lux Juicer

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM
The elegant, affordable kitchen tool: stainless steel juicer by Stainless Lux

Old-Fashioned Ice-Cube Trays

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 1:44 AM

"That's It" on-line company carries the old-fashioned sort of metal ice-tray that easily releases cubes with a lever, and makes ice more quickly than plastic modern ones. A friend and I were reminiscing about these lately, so I decided to search the 'net for something like them. We had copper-coated ones when I was a child.

Classic Toaster by Cuisinart

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 9:18 AM

The classic metal toaster by Cuisinart comes with two slots or four, and both models are under $100.00. A perfect example of tasteful, old-fashioned beauty combined with a high-tech operating system, the Cuisinart toaster is the best I have ever used.