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Southern France

Southern France

There’s something very romantic and glamorous about the south of France. For me, the mention of Cannes and Nice conjures images of movie stars yachting on the glistening waters of the Mediterranean, basking in the sun in perfect weather.  Having such a vastly different climate […]

Le poisson, le poisson, how I LOVE le poisson!:  Bouillabaisse

Le poisson, le poisson, how I LOVE le poisson!: Bouillabaisse

About four years ago, Tomato and her parents spent about a month floating around Europe before she met up with me and Lettuce at Oktoberfest, Take One.  Recounting her adventures, she mentioned more than twice how wonderful the Bouillabaisse in Marsailles was and even sent […]

Where’s the Beef?  Beef Bourguignon

Where’s the Beef? Beef Bourguignon

Every summer, my family and I would spend two months at my grandparent’s house in Canada.  During that time, grandpa would take me and my brother to the pool, play baseball with us in the park, fish with us in the lake and spot us […]

Quiche so chic: Quiche Lorraine

Quiche so chic: Quiche Lorraine

My mom is supermom.  Seriously… Besides working full time, she managed to be the class mother for both me and my brother, a boy scout den leader, PTA secretary and the ultimate soccer mom. I didn’t use an alarm clock until I got to college, […]

The Devil’s in the Details:  Dijon-y Cornish Game Hens with Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

The Devil’s in the Details: Dijon-y Cornish Game Hens with Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

  It seems like every dish that comes out of central France has wine in it. I’m not knocking it, but given my choice of beef bourguinon later this week, I wanted something a little less boozy.  Therefore, I chose something mustard-y instead.  Dijon-y, to […]

Puff the Magic Pastry:  Cream Puffs

Puff the Magic Pastry: Cream Puffs

Last Friday, I was accosted (strong word, maybe) by two coworkers, on different occasions, both of whom made the suggestive comment of, “remember those salted caramel brownies you made that one time? Those were good…”  I’m known around work as the baker, and I can […]

Central France

Central France

I’ve been in France for a little over a week and have already used more butter than in the last month combined…and I’m trying to cook light!  The cuisine of Central France is really what makes french food famous.  Encompassing the Burgundy region, this week’s […]

Holy crepe-ola Batman!  Nutella crepes

Holy crepe-ola Batman! Nutella crepes

On my very first trip to Paris so long ago, my tour group and I were standing in front of the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame and our guide pointed out a polished brass circle about 20 yards from the cathedral’s main entrance.  While he informed us […]

How ’bout them apples? Chicken Normandy

How ’bout them apples? Chicken Normandy

Admittedly, I’ve become cranky in my old age. On my last few vacations, I’ve found nothing to be more annoying and unpleasant than being in the same place at the same time as a large group of high school students on an international tour.  I […]

Creme de la Creme:  Crème Brûlée

Creme de la Creme: Crème Brûlée

When my brother and I would get sick as kids, my mom used to make baked custard.  I think mom figured custard was a good enough way to get something somewhat nutritious down and into the tummies of two cranky, snotty kids. Smooth and creamy, […]


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