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Mar 7, 2009 10:09 AM

3 luxury items I want to try to keep

during this bad economy. Do you have three?

Mine are:
tellicherry peppercorns
Williams-Sonoma butter croissants
bits of foie gras from my favorite specialty store

too much to ask?

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  1. I know what they are, but have no interest in any of them.

    Fresh stone crab
    Good fresh pasta
    Broasted oysters


    And spinach dip sorry, I have to. Can I add and make it 4 luxury items?

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    1. re: kchurchill5

      Yum. I was trying to list rather expensive unnessary items, so to speak. Love seafood, but it's very affordable where I live; there's even an oyster reef not far from our house.
      During oyster season, we take the canoe and tong our own oysters - talk about fresh!

      1. re: bayoucook

        Ripe Burgundian Cheeses
        King Crab Legs

        1. re: bubbles4me

          since kchurchill5 has 4, can I add champagne to my list!? how could I forget it?

      2. re: kchurchill5

        Sorry, I don't understand "I know what they are, but have no interest in any of them."

        Why is my brain malfunctioning? If you're not interested in them, why are they your luxury items?

          1. re: bayoucook


            For me, going out to dinner a couple times a week despite being completely broke is luxury enough. Also stupid on my part.

      3. I can't help it:

        Black or White Truffles
        Kashmir Mogra Cream Saffron
        whole lobe of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

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        1. re: Lenox637

          I have no interest in any of those or champagne or caviar.

          Luxury to me is fresh good oysters
          Fresh stone crab
          And Fresh good pasta from this Italian deli

          all the best truffels in the world don't interest me and certainly not champagne or Foir gras
          This fresh spinach dip from this small cafe is Montana was the best, It wasn't Knorr, spinach and sour cream trust me
          I couldn't of added dunganess crab ... sorry I forgot that

          I consider these luxury items that I would love to keep on hand always. I love to try good food but good food to me that I enjoy best is still simple food. Broasted oysters are difficult for me to make at my place so I consider them a luxury cuz I don't get them as often as I want. Stone crab is once a year and usually have bags frozen but still that luxury which I do have.

          So I guess I like the simpler things.

          1. re: kchurchill5

            Oysters, shrimp, and starting in May, driving to Galveston/Bolivar Peninsula to catch speckled trout and redfish, plus the occasional flounder. I actually make a profit, I use soft plastic lures, about a buck a pack, plus some jigs, my only real cost is gas and wear and tear on my car, a 100 plus mile round trip.

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Your point? I know they are not expensive but for me to keep fresh not frozen but fresh oysters on hand and stone crab are luxury items I would love to have at all times.

              I can get fresh fish pretty much any time down here, that doesn't bother me, good oysters, I can get if they were ever opened when I didn't work. So fresh oysters are something I love, same with the stone crab. I have some frozen and they are good. FRESH is better. And since most restaurants are not open when I get home ... love fresh stone crab when I can get it. When I am home in the evening I try to either cook at home or go to a new and unique restaurant. So oysters and stone crabs FRESH are are luxury I would love to have. I really love simple foods and to me there is nothing better.

              1. re: kchurchill5

                Kchurch, what is your problem? You dismiss out of hand one person's choices, "I know what they are, but have no interest in any of them" and "I have no interest in any of those or champagne or caviar" but you ask someone what their point is when they make a comment about your choices.

                Please stop this. Thank you.

        2. Parmigiano Reggiano
          real maple syrup
          prosciutto di Parma

          not really luxury items, but the substitutes are so horrible

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          1. Dining out with friends

            Single malt scotch


            1. Never should've limited myself to three. Love/need ALL the items you've named, chowhounds!