Happy Thanksgiving from the Frugal Snob – Day One – The Menu

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Joan Crawford carving

All cooks live for Thanksgiving – and the Frugal Snob is no exception. Here’s our Thanksgiving Menu – a bit over the top perhaps …

What do you think ?

Cheese Sticks

Lobster Bisque

Blinis w Smoked Salmon and Caviar

Lobster and Red Beet Essense

Turrine of Turkey with Pickled Red Beets

Pear Sorbet

Crispy Duck with Boiled Apple Cider Demi Glace

and Three Dressings

Roasted Brussell Sprouts

Potato Latkas and Roasted Applesauce

Chocolate Babka

Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

As we always say, we love the best – and we don’t want to overpay for it –

so we’re cooking at home. We’ve collected our dishes from our favorite chefs – Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck, and Thomas Keller with lots of secret ingredients of our own. Write us if you want and recipes. We’ll be posting pictures as we go – Happy Holiday Everyone !

The Frugal Snob

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Wine Wednesday – impress your guests for less

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Question : How do you choose a great bottle of wine to impress a date, a guest, your boss or when you just want a nice glass of wine with dinner but you’re not an expert or sommelier and don’t want to spend a lot of money?

Answer: Ask an expert. The Frugal Snob relies on The Wine Library and Robert Parker…

Today’s recommendation is 2010 Domaine Tournon Mathilda Shiraz

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From the first taste to the last, this wine is not only enjoyable, but gets better with each sip …

You don’t often get a wine as exciting as this 2010 Domaine Tournon Mathilda Shiraz. available at the Wine Libary expecially for the amazingly frugal price of $11.98/bottle. Boys and girls… buy a case of this stuff… I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Served it at dinner last night, and here are the comments

“Nice body out of the bottle ”

“Soft tannins”

“Deep Ruby Color” “Nice mouth feel” “Smooth, fruity, spicy.”

“So  much body it’s almost syrupy…but dry ”

Even more remarkably …the wine improved as it breathed ..

This why the Frugal Snob relies on experts and ratings when I shop, so I have assurance I getting what I’m paying for or more than I’m paying for… as in the case with this wine.

If you’re interested in purchasing this wine…just click on this link: https://winelibrary.com/products/76079-domaine-tournon-mathilda-shiraz

Headed back myself to buy a case …..I just wish everything I love was rated…it would save a lot of money and dissappointment.

The Frugal Snob

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All Cashmere is not equal…unfortunately without ratings…

there’s no way to know if you’re getting your money’s worth or if it will last

Cashmere quality, is measured in length and thickness of the goat hair. The length cashmere fibers ranges from 0.8 inch for cheap cashmere to up to 2.5 inches for the most luxurious. The diameter of the fiber must be less than 19 microns to be considered cashmere. In comparison, human hair has a diameter of 75 microns. The finest cashmere is around 14 microns. Thicker, shorter (scratchy) hair is used to make cheap garments and is often used as part of a blend.

However, buying cheap, inferior cashmere ironically comes with a price… First you’re going to be compromising on the very things that make cashmere so sought after: its softness, light weight and its insulating properties.

The finest cashmere comes from Inner Mongolia where the inner coat that grows in the cold winter months and helps the goats withstand the severe temperatures and the harsh weather conditions. This is what makes the finest cashmere eight times warmer than sheep’s wool.

cashmere ram

Cheap cashmere garments simply don’t have these same unique properties. The shorter courser hair will pill more readily and will lack the warmth, softness and sumptuous feel that makes cashmere….cashmere. The very things that make the finest cashmere so highly coveted. Remember that the next time you think you’re getting a bargain buying “discounted” cashmere at the mall.

The Frugal Snob

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A very special opportunity


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I have just been told by a very good friend that 500 of the World’s best cashmere sweaters will be available for sale 12/15/2013.
If you are interested in acquiring one of these sweaters, like this post.

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Wine of the Week – 2010 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz

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         Planning to share a drink with a friend ?

         Wine of the Week – November 6, 2013

Do what the Frugal Snob does – turn to the experts for advice .

And this week, they recommend the 2010 Shotfire Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz.

 The Wine Library calls it “A whopper of a wine … with stunning notes of wood spice, graphite, blackberry and pepper. Rich, chewy, and dense, in a typically bold, exuberant Aussie style, this is a wine to drink over the next 6-10 years.” –

          91 Pts Robert Parker Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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What more can we say ? The Frugal Snob would also like to point out

that Thorn Clark ShotFire is only $17.98/bottle.

We recommend you google a virtual wine store,

perhaps “The Wine Library” pick up two –

one for Thanksgiving. Bottoms Up.

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Super Plus Cashmere (World’s Highest Rated) to arrive before Christmas

Super Plus Cashmere (World’s Highest Rated) to arrive before Christmas.

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Super Plus Cashmere (World’s Highest Rated) to arrive before Christmas

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Super plus cashmere (World’s highest rated) to arrive just before Christmas
 
A friend who knows I adore cashmere, its softness, warmth and sheer luxury told me an American Company is creating a limited edition of 500 sweaters made from the finest Mongolian cashmere available anywhere at any price. These sweaters, the only ones certified Super plus, are to arrive in the U.S. middle of December.

He also mentioned that a very limited amount of Super plus cashmere swatches should arrive before the sweaters.

Best of all, the sweaters will be reasonably priced considering the quality of the sweaters and the density of the knit. (He knows I’m always on the look out for incredible deals.)

If you want to know more…leave me your email address below where it says, Leave a reply

The Frugal Snob
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