Monday, January 21, 2013

Coup de Grâce

One would not ordinarily relish being asked to apply a coup de grâce, which is a blow of mercy to end suffering.

It is mystifying then, that someone who has nearly murdered a dish — such as this ham and lima bean concoction — would apply their own coup de grâce in the form of the grated cheese (or whatever that is) that makes it finally, and completely inedible.

Meat Cook Book, Better Homes and Gardens, 1965

Also from this book: Beware the Franks, Salami Bouquet
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