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Elegant Luncheon Salad for One

  M-J's Health-Promoting Luncheon Salad for One: Julienned Green-Leaf Lettuce is Dressed with Umeboshi Plum Vinaigrette and Embellished with Chopped Walnuts, Cheddar Shreds, and Finely-Sliced Mini-Peppers (Capsicums)
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The Traditional Tablecloths of Provence

  Elegantly-designed motifs of plants decorate the famous tablecloths of Provence, France. Traditionally, these textiles are made of pure cotton; some modern versions are made from spill-resistant polyester and are more durable, like the one pictured here. ©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Austerity Dish: Swedish Meatballs

  Swedish Meatballs with Cream Sauce, Accompanied by New Potatoes and Lingonberries

Chocolate Cupcakes Decorated Simply with Ganache

  By melting dark chocolate in a double-boiler and whisking-in some dairy cream, I made ganache with which to cover these cupcakes. ©M-J de Mesterton 2022

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Chocolate Cupcakes Dusted with Powdered Sugar

  I used my old recipe for chocolate cake, filled cupcake pans large and small, then used a tea-strainer to dust the cakes with powdered sugar before arranging them on platters.. ©M-J de Mesterton 2022

Elegant Salad with Cucumbers

  A simple salad with cucumbers as its main ingredient, with celery and feta cheese chunks, dressed in a plain vinaigrette with pimientos, is a beautiful component of an elegant luncheon. ©M-J de Mesterton 2010

When Chocolate Chip Cookie-Making Gets Serious

 These stainless steel pans full of chocolate chip dough (Trader Joe's recipe) were created using a melon-baller that's also useful in the production of Swedish meatballs and elegant salad design . ©M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Cook

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Shirataki Noodles


Baking Day, with M-J's Brioche Dough


Burgundy Chablis, Explained by Michel Laroche

  "Mr Chablis", Michel Laroche

M-J's Elegant and Easy Pear Dessert

 Pieces of ripe pear decorate a bowl of strained yoghurt laced with maple syrup, creating an elegant dessert. @M-J de Mesterton 2021

Elegant Tortilla with Crispy Potatoes

 Eggs are beaten and poured into a hot, buttered pan and cooked until light brown on the bottom, then placed under a broiler after sautéed potato chunks and shredded cheese are added to the top. This version of the Spanish tortilla makes a hearty luncheon dish. ©M-J de Mesterton 2021

The Elegant Cook Recommends Vinsobres Côtes du Rhône Villages, Perrin & Fils

  Featured in 2006 at M-J's Site, Elegant Survival, Les Cornuds 2005 by Vinsobres Côtes du Rhône Villages~ Perrin & Fils Beaucastel

Elegant Vegetarian Burgers

 Boca Burgers in M-J's Home-Made Brioche Buns, a Light and Delicious Luncheon Dish

M-J's Elegant Salad with Pears


Brioche Buns

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                                                      M-J de Mesterton, the Elegant Cook