The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

Elegant Pantry Update

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

 For an elegant kitchen cupboard or pantry arrangement, group similar food-storage containers together. Here, I have placed Luminarc "working" glasses with lids on the bottom shelf; gold-topped jars from Buen Día instant coffee on the middle shelf, and an assortment of Tone's spices, et cetera, on the high shelf.
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Elegant Pantry

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Elegant Pantry

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM
Grouping things in similar containers makes an elegant presentation in the pantry.
©M-J de Mesterton

Cucumber as Pest-Repellent in the Garden and Home

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:16 AM


The health-promoting, diuretic, eye-freshening cucumber holds a drastically different meaning for certain garden and household pests.


Raccoons and skunks don't like cucumbers, in fact they are repelled by them, therefore planting cukes at the outer edge of your vegetable garden is a wise plan. There you are also easily able to provide cucumbers with a surface on which to climb, such as a fence or trellis.


Cucumber skins placed about the kitchen will naturally repel cockroaches. These hard-shelled bugs are a perennial problem in New York City and Paris, where even the most posh apartments are afflicted with roaches. Las cucarachas detest the bitter compound called trans-2-nonenal that is inherent in cucumbers.


~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2010

Repelling Ants with Vinegar

Posted on April 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

A safe ant-repellent for your kitchen and bathroom is a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water. Vinegar will leave a fresh, clean smell and is employed widely as a household deodorizer. Use this vinegar and water mixture to clean floors and counters, or just spray it onto your surfaces.

Elegant Food Storage Vessels

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 10:26 AM