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A year in a French market: Spring

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Weekend cooking/ weeknight eating

Friday, May 30th, 2014

As you might have guessed from my Tuesday Dinner series, I’m fascinated by what people cook during the week—not fancy food, but the fast, ordinary meals prepared after a tiring day of work. Ever since the baby arrived, I’ve developed a new strategy. Instead of grocery shopping one meal at a time (I now think of those days and […]

Piroshki for perfectionists

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

I am not a perfectionist. (Then again, nor am I very self-aware.) But this recipe for piroshki seemed to bring out the very best (worst?) in me. I first made these savory stuffed pastries in March when the weather was frigid, filling large circles of pâte brisée with a mixture of mashed potatoes and mushrooms. […]

Tuesday dinner with Ava Chin (+ giveaway!)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Try as I might to change my ways, I’m a city girl through and through: brisk walker, fast talker, insect hater. But last week I read my friend Ava Chin’s new memoir, Eating Wildly, and found myself reconsidering the concrete landscape. As an urban forager—and author of a New York Times blog of the same name—Ava visits […]

Fresh strawberries

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I’m frantically careening towards a deadline, but I just discovered the most amazing household tip and I wanted to share it right away… This spring, I’ve been addicted to strawberries. But I’ve struggled to keep my berries fresh — which is frustrating when they’re €5.50/barquette. Well, a few weeks ago, my friend Kristin taught me […]

Strawberry rhubarb compote

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Lately, I’ve been loathe to leave the apartment without two things: my rain gear, and my tape measure. I need the rain gear because Mother Nature continues to pay homage to Glasgow this spring with day after day of wet weather. Sometimes she spices things up with a little hail shower. The tape measure is […]

Artichokes and observations

Friday, May 11th, 2012

We had a holiday last week, one of four that make May in France a very, er, leisurely month. It was a sunny day, and I took advantage of the rare burst of fine weather by browsing the used books at Shakespeare & Company and meeting a friend for afternoon scoops of ice cream. On my way […]

Strawberries and cream

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The past few weeks have been a peculiar period, equal parts self-indulgent and diligent. Never have I spent so many hours on end inside my apartment, not even when I had the great gastro of 2009 and could only eat liquids for three weeks. My husband took over the cooking and grocery shopping — turns out […]

Signs of spring

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

The temperatures in Paris ain’t balmy, but it’s spring! Spring! And I’ve seen the vegetables in the market to prove it. There are lovely violet artichokes whose tender little hearts I dream of eating raw with a bright burst of lemon juice. There are fat, juicy, grassy stalks of white asparagus, which I peeled, steamed, […]

Alphonso mangoes

Monday, May 30th, 2011

I have a guilty pleasure, mes amis. I try to buy seasonally and locally, but there is one fruit that tempts me every spring with its sweet, siren call: the alphonso mango. Why the Alphonso? It has everything you’d ever want in a mango: juiciness, sweetness, intense flavor, butter-soft flesh, and a color reminiscent of the […]

Recent obsessions

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

I’m not sure why the heavy, spiky globe artichoke spoke to me in the market a few weeks ago, but it did and I brought it home. I meant to cook and eat it during the Royal Wedding, but who was I kidding? I could scarcely tear myself away from the TV to go to the […]

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