The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

Pizza Baked in de Buyer Pan

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 1:40 AM

An elegant, medium-sized pizza develops a beautifully browned crust in a French-made pan by de Buyer. I use traditional pain de mie dough for a perfect crust every time. ©M-J de Mesterton 2016



Silicone Bakeware Makes Life Easier

Posted on June 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM


I have been using Freshware silicone bakeware to make my Viennoiseries. It allows easy-release of baked items without pre-greasing, and I can even coat my brioche completely with beaten egg and it will brown all around, still coming out clean from the bakeware when done. Click here to see this fabulous silicone pan at M-J's Elegant Cook Shop.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

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

Chopping Green Chiles, etc.

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Elegant, Nutritious Radishes

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:39 PM


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.

M-J's French Apple Tarte

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I used a tart pan with removable sides and a small metal hors d'oeuvres cutting blade for the strips of dough that decorate the open top of this tarte. See M-J's Elegant Apple Pie recipe on the Dessert page for dough and filling.~~M-Jundefined

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.

Elegant Food Storage Vessels

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM