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Old 07-03-2010, 10:23 AM   #11
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You caught me just before going to the store...thank you, alix .
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:28 AM   #12
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While you "could" definitely sub in dill pickles, the cornichons definitely do make a big difference here.

Not only are they firmer/crunchier in texture than regular dills, they are pickled in tarragon vinegar - not dill - which is what gives them their special flavor. In addition to salads, they're a traditional French accompaniment to sandwhiches & pates.

Nearly all supermarkets carry them - either in the regular pickle section or in the gourmet food section. Worth searching out. And they last forever in the fridge!
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:36 AM   #13
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What Breezy said. I'm just a lazy butt so thought I'd spare you a trip if you were going specially.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:41 AM   #14
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...cornichons definitely do make a big difference here. Not only are they firmer/crunchier in texture than regular dills, they are pickled in tarragon vinegar - not dill - which is what gives them their special flavor...Worth searching out. And they last forever in the fridge!
okay...now i just HAVE to have them!
Who could resist that post, Breezy
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:28 PM   #15
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...uh oh...I have an urgent question and here it is 11:30pm...wake up everybody...i need some help. I've been growing terragon all summer but haven't yet used it until now. I'm right in the middle of making this potato salad...so far it's amazing...but I just went out to my garden in the dark, picked the terragon, washed it, smelled it, smelled like licorice so I tasted it, and......I could swear it tastes like anise....you know, licorice...does terragon taste like that to anyone? Did I get a plant from Lowes that had the wrong tag? I haven't put the "terragon" in yet...thought I'd ask you all first.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:32 PM   #16
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...uh oh...I have an urgent question and here it is 11:30pm...wake up everybody...i need some help. I've been growing terragon all summer but haven't yet used it until now. I'm right in the middle of making this potato salad...so far it's amazing...but I just went out to my garden in the dark, picked the terragon, washed it, smelled it, smelled like licorice so I tasted it, and......I could swear it tastes like anise....you know, licorice...does terragon taste like that to anyone? Did I get a plant from Lowes that had the wrong tag? I haven't put the "terragon" in yet...thought I'd ask you all first.
You got it right a mild licorice taste. I've avoided it for years and tasted it last summer and love it. Put it in at first use a little less, taste and add more if you like it. Bet you will love it too.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:40 PM   #17
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BIG hug for you kades...thank you thank you thank you. I can breathe again. This recipe is a little labor intensive (for me anyway) and I'm right at the end here so I didn't want to blow it. The mayo sauce is delicious with everything in it except this last herb...even have the cornichon pickles in there. Okay...now I'm excited about using the terragon. Thanks again, kades
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BIG hug for you kades...thank you thank you thank you. I can breathe again. This recipe is a little labor intensive (for me anyway) and I'm right at the end here so I didn't want to blow it. The mayo sauce is delicious with everything in it except this last herb...even have the cornichon pickles in there. Okay...now I'm excited about using the terragon. Thanks again, kades
Welcome Mollyanne. I worked almost all afternoon on ours and frying chicken and I'm pooped. Have a safe and happy 4th.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:04 AM   #19
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omg breezy...it's Awesome with a capital A! I'm finally finished (including the cleanup). It's so colorful and is really red white and blue. Tsktsk...I had my doubts but I had no idea the blue potatoes were really blue inside...beautiful and bright. I thought it was just the skin that was blue. I tripled the recipe and chopped everything by hand (well, and a knife) so it took me a long time but was well worth it. Terragon was a new experience for me as well as the cornichon pickles. I loved them.

Happy Fourth to you too kades...and breezy to...and all of DC

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Old 07-04-2010, 06:17 AM   #20
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Thanks - I'm so glad you like it! It really is festive looking, & I always try to whip some up for Memorial Day &/or the Fourth of July. I think the tarragon - both the herb & in the cornichon pickles - gives it a zingy difference.

It's just hubby & I this Fourth, so I'll be making ours today since I didn't have to make a vat of it - lol!
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