Dan, thank you for your insights. Sometimes you can see in various homes, when invited to dinner how generation gaps and understanding of food/ cuisine has the "travel" ingredient coming into play. Women of the older generation do things that they are used to doing - no explanation needed; but the younger and well travelled women who throw parties - the influence of the outside world can be detected; subtle but it is there. Like potatoes not cooked to death, when making salad; and that french dijon mustard on sandwiches - subtle but there. Thank you, you are such a gem in this site. Love your site as well. Happy New Year! Watch Dick Clark ring in the New Year tomorrow.