M-J’s Elegant, Simple Christmas Table

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A simple Christmas Day luncheon for two included home-made waffles, strawberries cooked with cane sugar  into an elegant sauce, heavy cream whipped with powdered sugar and vanilla, crispy bacon, chopped walnuts, maple syrup and butter. A percolator of Eight O’Clock Columbian Peaks coffee* stood ready to serve.©M-J de Mesterton, Christmas 2016

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*Eight O’Clock coffee, the whole-bean Columbian Peaks, medium-roasted  variety, is my standard, as long as it’s available. I keep the opened, clipped bag in an air-tight red container as shown. Company instructions say to keep the beans or ground coffee at room-temperature, not in the freezer or refrigerator.

©M-Jeanne de Mesterton

Making Deep-Fried Gyoza

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Below: a Salad of Beneficial Daikon Radish and Romaine Lettuce, Dressed with a Simple Vinaigrette @M-J de Mestertongyoza_with_daikon_salad_m-j_elegant_cook