Posts tagged ‘Laura Calder’

January 27, 2012

OXO Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer

I’ve always wanted one of those fancy stainless steel professional mandolines. Possibly owning one of those would make me a better chef? I guess not. But it would make tedious slicing jobs easier, as I stand miserably hunched over the kitchen counter trying my best to make perfectly even apple slices for a tart. Well, no more! I just bought this hand-held slicer from OXO and I think it’s solved my thinly sliced cucumber problem, and for only 15 bucks. With 3 thickness settings, this kitchen tool is not only affordable, but gets the job done fast and perfectly. I can now tackle Laura Calder’s Shaved Vegetable Salad fearlessly. I’ve seen mandolines for as much as $300. I think my $15 purchase was quite a find. Look how nicely it sliced this cucumber…

Truth be told, I’m a bit of a klutz. The first to trip on a crack in the sidewalk, walk into a wall, bang my knee on the coffee table, and cut myself with this damn mandoline! It’s very sharp. You’ve been warned. You can find this at your local housewares store. I purchased mine at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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September 20, 2011

French Taste

GOOD NEWS!  French Taste is now available on Amazon’s U.S. site (I should note they are used, but who cares). I featured this cookbook back in July. It’s still a favorite! Her new book “Dinner Chez Moi” has just launched, but it looks like it’s not yet available in the States. 

Laura has a great show on The Cooking Channel called French Food at Home. I love her simple recipes.  Getting her book “French Taste” was challenging.  Previously it was only available in Canada… I ordered it from Amazon’s Canadian site. Shall I do the same for “Dinner Chez Moi” or wait for it to come to the U.S.? Patience… patience…..

Meanwhile, I think I will cook something French for dinner tonight in her honor!

And here it is… Asparagus with Orange Sauce from her book. Delicious!

Asparagus with Orange Sauce

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