The Elegant Cook

M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Cook Notes

M-J's Elegant Baked Alaska

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM

M-J baked two individual meringue-covered desserts on oven-proof McCoy plates. These small baked Alaska plates are perfect for an elegant luncheon. 

Baked Alaska, an Elegant Dessert

Individual Baked Alaska desserts were prepared on oven-proof McCoy "brown drip" plates.

M-J's Simple Instructions:

Classic pound-cake is hollowed-out in the middle, filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with meringue, and baked for a few minutes until the edges are lightly-browned.


©M-J de Mesterton 2011

Low-Carb Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Croques Monsieurs

Posted on March 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM
The Elegant Cook's method for preparing croques monsieurs appears on the Elegant Luncheon page.
©Jeanne "M-J" de Mesterton

M-J's Elegant Spinach Salad

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

M-J;s Spinach Salad features bacon, toasted walnuts and Parmesan cheese, in a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

I sauté the walnuts and bacon bits in olive oil, to which some balsamic vinegar and seasoning salt have been added. When this mixture is combined with fresh baby spinach, its warmth wilts the leaves to a pleasant degree. I then dress the elegant spinach salad with more vinegar and oil.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Beefsteak Fajitas

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM
Beefsteak strips are seasoned (combine your choice of chile powders, comino, seasoning salt and/or onion and garlic powders; shake in a bag to coat meat bits) and fried in olive oil, then served on a sautéed flour tortilla, accompanied by yellow pear tomatoes and sliced avocado.
©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Elegant Taco Salad

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM


Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, sour cream and tortilla pieces are arranged into an elegant, low-carb luncheon dish.

©M-J de Mesterton

M-J's Roast Beef Salad

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM
Lettuce, Sliced Roast Beef, Thinly Sliced Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and Olive Oil
©M-J de Mesterton

Elegant Chicken Dish

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 8:56 AM
Guerrero of Irvine, Texas: Thin and Elegant Raw Flour Tortillas, "Ready for the Comal (grill-pan)" 
Roll and serve with a pitcher of salsa picante (mine is made with Chiles Serranos en Escabeche by  La Costeña (México), blended with a can of chopped tomatoes, lime and cilantro).
Elegant Mexican Style Luncheon

Elegant Sandwich Rolls

Posted on January 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM
Hamburgers can be elegant when served in buns that you make at home. Please see The Elegant Cook for M-J's original recipe, on the Bread page.

Elegant, Nutritious Greek Salad

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Elegant Quiche Lorraine

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM