Entered for safe-keeping, from Sean Donnellan's "Something Tastes Funny" with recipes by Naidre Miller. This cookbook is geared to new cooks and non-cooks. Personally, I recommend revising the original 2 tablespoons butter to 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Note: the purple shallots generally available are "large" shallots, and 2 small shallots equal 1 large shallot, but the large shallot will be stronger. Old French recipes generally refer to small shallots.