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Pie-tastrophe

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The minute I saw the recipe online, I knew it was the pie I wanted to make for Thanksgiving. It had cheddar cheese worked into the crust, a savory contrast against the apples. It had a crumbly, buttery streusel topping studded with walnuts. And, wowzer of wowzers, it had chilies tossed into the fruit for […]

Autumn song

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The other day I was making a quiche, rubbing butter and flour between my fingertips, and thinking about the French immersion I took before I moved to Paris, about my courses and classmates, and a poem that we learned by heart. It’s a slight poem, and mournful. I can still recite the words. Chanson d’Automne de […]

Cheese in St-Etienne and environs

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I’ve been traveling so much this fall, I can scarcely download the photos from my camera before I’m packing my bags once again. As a result, these pictures from St-Etienne — about 40 miles southwest of Lyon, in the Rhône-Alpes region — are a few weeks old and the gentle sunshine that diffuses them seems […]

Joyeux Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Whether you’re pilgrim or Indian, pumpkin pie or pecan, dark meat or white, football fan or kitchen junkie, marshmallow sweet potatoes or plain, happy Thanksgiving! I’m off to Aveyron for a bit of book research but I’ll be back next week with tales of amazing, elastic aligot. In the meantime, as you begin to prepare […]

Comfort me with pumpkin

Monday, November 21st, 2011

My husband’s grandmother loved Canadian rye whiskey, which she kept in recycled airline cocktail bottles in her purse. She believed in the four “L”s: living, loving, learning, laughter, all pronounced in a Queens accent so thick you could spread it on a bagel. Her chicken soup remains legendary. “Wouldja like a plate a soup?” she’d […]

Pumpkin mania

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! I have been obsessed with PUMPKINS this fall. In the past, I avoided them, intimidated by their grandiose size, their knife-defying flesh. But then, a couple of things happened. First, I ate a wonderful dessert during my rainy weekend in Provence — a pumpkin cappuccino — pumpkin purée, warm sautéed apples, and cinnamon whipped […]

Un tout petit peu

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sometimes I think that shopping in France is the inverse of shopping in the States. We Americans are addicted to big box chains, buying in bulk, stocking our cupboards with giant jars of peanut butter and cartons of goldfish crackers. Whereas the French are obsessed with buying food in as small an amount as possible. […]

Inspired by nature

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

   The world is full of fungi today, apparently. I did a double-take when I passed these funny ornamental mushrooms (photo left) shortly after snapping some gigantesque cèpes (photo right) in the morning’s market. Would you rather eat mushrooms or decorate with them?

How do you like dem apples?

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Friends are coming to dinner tomorrow and I’ve been doing a little baking. Thanks to a windfall from David, who kindly gifted me with three pounds of apples, this pie came to fruition (ba dum). I was inspired by this New York Times pastry recipe, except I couldn’t bring myself to use lard. Instead, I made a […]

Before and after

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

   Mirabelle is the cutest name ever for a fruit, and when the tiny plums started appearing on menus and in the market, I wanted to experiment with them, too. And thus, this rustic mirabelle tart was born. It has a crunchy whole wheat olive oil crust and walnut filling, and a wholesome sweetness (though it could have […]

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