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Recipe of the Month – Tartiflette

Recipe of the Month – Tartiflette

Recipe of the Month – Tartiflette I read about this dish, which was new to me, in a memoir by a transplanted American living in France. (Samantha Vérant’s book, How To Make a French Family, is coming out in April.) Rather than try to save the recipe in the eBook, I clipped two other recipes from the … Continue reading

Paris on my mind

Paris on my mind

Our hearts are crying for Paris and its citizens who have had to endure the terrible events that unfolded there last night. There has always been unbearable hatefulness lurking around in this world, but when it is brought home to us, as this was, it is agonizing. I can only wish the Parisians peace and healing. We’ll all … Continue reading

Best Bites, and Kouign Amann alert!

Best Bites, and Kouign Amann alert!

There’s nothing better than being stuck at home in a storm with plenty of groceries…and power. So far, I’ve been very lucky, so here is a gallery of some recent indulgences, including an impromptu Spanish food tasting inspired by my nephew bringing me back some fancy sardines from Madrid. The store where he purchased them, La … Continue reading

A Night to Remember in France

A Night to Remember in France

My friend Betty tells me a story of a wonderful dinner in France that almost “got away” from her and her husband, Tom, years ago when they were traveling in the French region of Languedoc-Roussillon. They happened upon this dinner by chance, really, and she tells me it was the only time she ever ate so … Continue reading

A Supermarket Tale

It seemed simple enough. I was nearly out of green peppercorns, the ones packed in brine, so I added them to my grocery list.  I don’t go through them quickly, but every now and then, when I’m splurging on a nice steak, I like pungent green peppercorn sauce, the kind you might find in a … Continue reading

Happy 100th Birthday Julia!

Here’s my contribution to the PBS celebration of Julia Child’s centennial on Wednesday. This was a salad she made with Alice Waters on Cooking with Master Chefs. Both markets I visited had no blood oranges, so I settled for a nice organic Valencia orange, which was bursting with juice.   I watched her old show reruns … Continue reading