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There’s Nothing better at bedtime than a great cookie and milk

There’s Nothing better at bedtime than a great cookie and milk.

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There’s Nothing better at bedtime than a great cookie and milk

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If you’re like me, you love a great cookie, and the Holidays are the best time to bake, share or gift these crunchy treats.

If you don’t want to shlep to Whole Foods, Dean and DeLuca’s,Levain Bakery or City Bakery

or …whereever, email us for any of our recipes and bake up a batch yourself.

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We’ve been baking cookies for 20 years and we finally figured out a few great cookie secrets by listening to experts like Martha Stewart and Julia Child and America’s Test Kitchens.

Want a cookie that’s soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside – it’s all in the timing.

A great cookie comes out of the oven brown around the edges and looking underdone.

When you achieve that perfect moment of cookie magic – write it down ! We have,and we will share our recipes with you.

I promise …

Anyway, whatever you decide…please enjoy the following pictures as we share the contents of our luxury cookie bags with you

First…the menu

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Fairy Gingerbread

Gingerbread Snacking Cake

Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pecan Crescent Cookies

Shortbread

And now, the pictures

Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies

Sprinkle the cookies with turbinado sugar before baking

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Delicate Fairy gingerbread with fresh ground ginger right out of the oven ready to be cut into rectangular wafers

The Best Snacking Cake Ever !

Gingerbread squares sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. Two secrets here – a touch of ground pepper and a foil collar with wet paper towels inside tied around the cake tin keep the cake moist when baking

Christmas Cookies

The doughs are packaged in separate bags and carefully labeled.
Doughs keep well in the freezer and are great for snowy day family projects.
Peanut butter cookies are marked with fork cross hatching on the top

Absolutely the best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop and roll the portions in to balls
Place the dough 2″ apart on parchment paper.
The Frugal Snob’s secret here? Sprinkle with salt before baking

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Delicate nutty cookies made with pecans
Can also be made with walnuts

Shortbread with Oatmeal

Mixing the batter for shortbread
Bake the batter in a rectangular pan and cut out shortbread “bars”

That’s it.

Happy New Year. I do believe in making Resolutions – and I resolve to write to you every week in 2014

I’ll tell you the truth about the BEST where ever I find it and clue you in on the experts who did more research than I could ever have time to – they are the ones who help us achieve and maintain our “Frugal” and “Snob” standards.

I don’t believe in hype. I don’t believe in settling for less than the best. I want to live in a World where I can take the time to savor the moment.

I demand the best and I promise to tell you the truth about how to get.

This is a post about cookies. In 2014 I’ll be blogging about wine, food, and fashion – mostly cashmere because I love luxury and no yarn is more luxurious than cashmere.

There are measurable differences in products, there are best deals, and there are experts testing and measuring those differences.

If you’re like me, you want the best deal…and you won’t be fooled by hype so keep reading The Frugal Snob.

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Making lonzino for Christmas

THE GODFATHER, from left: Al Pacino, Sterling Hayden, Al Lettieri, 1972

When the family gets together for the Holidays, there’s nothing better than home made proscuitto. We’ve started out with D’Artagnon Berkshire Pork Loin.

Berkshire Pork Loin

The first step is to mix the dry ingredients which will flavor the proscuito – ingredients include salt, sugar, thyme, and some secret spices the Frugal Snob won’t tell you about unless you make him an offer he can’t refuse…and Prague Powder.

InstaCure No 2 also known as Prague powder is the secret ingredient for Lonzino

Prague Powder help the pork loin to cure.

The dry ingredients including the powder are rubbed into the pork loin.

The dry ingredients including Prague Powder are rubbed into the pork loin

Then the loins go into plastic bags to keep them from drying out and they are refrigerated for 12 days.

The meat covered with rub goes into plastic bags and is refrigerated for 12 days

After the 12 days are over, rinse and dry off the meat, then the pork loin is ready to dry.

After 12 days in the refrigerator, rinse and dry the pork loin, then wrap the loin in cheesecloth, tie the bundle with butcher’s twine and hang it in a cool humid place to dry. How long? The meat should feel firm and be a pleasing red color…at least 12 days.
After 12 days in the refrigerator, rinse and dry the pork loin, then wrap the loin in cheesecloth, tie the bundle with butcher's twine and hang it in a cool humid place to dry. How long? The meat should feel firm and be a pleasing red color...at least 12 days.

After 12 days in the refrigerator, rinse and dry the pork loin, then wrap the loin in cheesecloth, tie the bundle with butcher’s twine and hang it in a cool humid place to dry. How long? The meat should feel firm and be a pleasing red color…at least 12 days.

Here’s a video from the French Culinary Institute on how to tie Pork Loin.  We’ll write you again in 12 days and show you the results.

This is why they call us Frugal Snobs – we love luxury – we love the best – we love to eat the best – we learn from the experts – we always use the best ingredients – and we don’t pay a lot because we cut out the middleman and either make it ourselves or source it right from the factory that does.

The Frugal Snob

Tying a loin of meat. How to Tie Meat. How to Tie Pork Loin, Beef Roast. How to Make a Butcher Knot.

Tying a loin of meat. How to Tie Meat. How to Tie Porc Loin, Beef Roast. How to Make a Butcher Knot.

http://www.youtube.com/user/67Miloud?feature=mhee
Happy Cooking!
The French Culinary Institute

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Make it a Cashmere Christmas

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It’s certified as the world’s best and finest cashmere …

Someone who knows I adore cashmere, its softness, warmth and sheer luxury …

and how it makes me feel when I slip it over my shoulders, told me about an American company that was able to bring 500 sweaters

knit in the World’s highest rated quality cashmere here – to America – in time for Christmas 2013.

These sweaters are being produced by The Cashmere Farms from the finest Mongolian cashmere available anywhere at any price.

But they are only making 500 pieces.

Two silhouettes have been produced, a v-neck and a cardigan. The offer is only for ladies. Sizes will be s,m,l,xl and three colors will be

offered – white, silver grey and black.

If you are interested in acquiring one of these sweaters, if you would like to see the silhouettes and colors being offered or if you would

like a swatch of this super plus + cashmere to feel for yourself why this offer is so exceptional, click on this link

http://www.thecashmerefarms.com/the-marilyn-cardigan

I am so excited to be sharing this with you because cashmere, like diamonds, is one of life’s true luxuries…and best investments.

However, until now, there was no way of knowing the grade or rarity of the cashmere you were getting…

Now, getting the best cashmere is as simple as buying the best diamonds…all you have to do is look for the Cashmere Farms label.

And the price is surprisingly frugal.

The Frugal Snob

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Frugal Snob – Day Two – The Food !

Forgot to tell you what I wore ! Also forgot to credit Thomas Keller so reposting now …

the frugal snob

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What an amazing meal.

The Frugal Snob Family has outdone itself this year with a memorable event showing once again that

demanding the best at the best price,

paying attention to every detail,

using the best ingredients thanks to the experts at Whole Foods Market , D’Artagnan Foods, and Callebaut Chocolate

respecting the experts like Robert Parker at The Wine Libray and being thankful for master chefs including Julia Child, Thomas Keller, and even taking a few tips from  America’s Test Kitchens  – pays off.

Here are pictures of the dishes as we served them –

Contact us for the recipes. We are happy to share.

The next three days are the real payoff for cooking and eating a home –

Oh…the leftovers !

The Frugal Snob and Family

P.S – wore the most amazing cashmere sweater  – a gift from the people at Cashmere Farms – reserve one yourself…

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Frugal Snob – Day Two – The Food !

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What an amazing meal.

The Frugal Snob Family has outdone itself this year with a memorable event showing once again that

demanding the best at the best price,

paying attention to every detail,

using the best ingredients thanks to the experts at Whole Foods Market , D’Artagnan Foods, and Callebaut Chocolate

respecting the experts like Robert Parker at The Wine Libray and being thankful for master chefs including Julia Child, Thomas Keller, and even taking a few tips from  America’s Test Kitchens  – pays off.

Here are pictures of the dishes as we served them –

Contact us for the recipes. We are happy to share.

The next three days are the real payoff for cooking and eating a home –

Oh…the leftovers !

The Frugal Snob and Family

P.S – wore the most amazing cashmere sweater  – a gift from the people at Cashmere Farms – reserve one yourself for Christmas  – you won’t find these sweaters in any department store – Click here to visit the website

Lobster Bisque with Flaky Biscuit

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Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Caviar

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Lobster and Red Beet Essence

Lobster poached in berre monte with leeks, red beet essence and potato crisp

Lobster poached in berre monte with leeks, red beet essence and potato crisp

Terrine of Turkey with Three Dressings and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Terrine of Turkey with Three dressings and roasted brussel sprouts

Pear Sorbet

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Crispy Duck w Boiled Apple Demiglaze

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Babka

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Pumpkin Pie, Pecan PieImage

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