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Elegance and Champagne Goggles for Charcutepalooza

Smoked Trout and Halibut Mousseline with Champagne Vinaigrette

Presentation: a word that strikes fear into my heart – and the most important element of this month’s Charcutepalooza challenge.  I know, I know, presentation should be important to anyone who loves food – but I have to be honest, I’m really all about the taste.  If you are eating in my home, I want the food to look appetizing, enticing, sure, but as elegant as restaurant service? I’m just not that detail oriented. I’m already too much the type-A person.

Once when I managed a bakery in Boston, a wedding cake order was misdated. We thought the cake was for Sunday, but the wedding was on Saturday. In the middle of a busy afternoon, the panicked call came in from the caterer. Where was the cake? It was baked and frosted, but all the fresh flowers still had to be prepped and put on the cake. I called the wedding cake person, I called the owner. No answer. Everyone who works in retail food service knows the only way to maintain your sanity is never, ever to answer your phone on a day off – unless the call is from the cops or the fire department, because at that point, the crisis is actually over.

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