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Desperate to be a Housewife

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Happy New Year! I’m back from my annual Christmas sojourn in sunny Southern California… which seems very, very far away today, as the polar vortex sweeps through New York. Two weeks ago, I was watching surfers from the Huntington Beach pier and lunching al fresco; my mother turned on the air conditioning on Christmas day and […]

Just for me

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

I wasn’t going to write a single word about this artichoke tart with a polenta crust. I just wanted to admire the recipe, cook it and eat it (and share it with my husband, of course). But polenta pondering? Tart reflection? Nope. I love to cook, but lately it’s been feeling more like work than pleasure. […]

Passion fruit, pavlova, a little light larceny

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I don’t know much about pavlova or passion fruit, but luckily I’ve got friends in the right places. Or, rather, I should say born in the right places: Australia and New Zealand. So when my dad decided to make a pavlova to celebrate his birthday a few weeks ago, I contacted my friends Katia and […]

Carnet de cuisine

Friday, January 13th, 2012

A few months ago I had dinner with a French friend and he showed me something really cool — his mother’s dinner party notebooks. For years — decades, even — ever since she was a young bride, his maman has kept a record of every dinner party she’s ever thrown: guest list, menu, recipes. As […]

New cookbooks

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Lucky girl that I am, I received quite a haul of new cookbooks for Christmas. Here’s what I’m cooking from these days: Since I live in a cave (apparently) I’d never even heard of Nancy Silverton’s chic pizzeria, Mozza, until I was in Southern California last month and read this Los Angeles Times review of […]

Cooking the books

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Bonjour, mes amis! A few weeks ago, I asked you to name your recent favorite cookbooks. I was excited to hear your suggestions, and I’m even more thrilled to share them. Here’s what you’re cooking from these days:    Rhino75: Am currently working my way through Signe Johansen’s Scandilicious, Dan Lepard’s baking bible, Short and Sweet, and Glynn […]


Thursday, October 20th, 2011

I love, love, love cookbooks. I love new cookbooks, which present fresh ideas, techniques and flavor combinations. I love old cookbooks, which are like time capsules, a window into the domestic lives of another era. Browsing a used bookshop in Beaune last week, I couldn’t resist the two charming volumes above. And then, I got […]


Friday, September 9th, 2011

Currypalooza: 1) A monthly celebration of Indian home cooking. 2) A virtual gathering of food bloggers, who prepare the same subcontinental recipe and blog about it. I’m tickled pink to be part of this month’s Currypalooza, even if my post is a week late. Croque Camille selected the recipe which comes from Mallika Basu’s Miss Masala, one of my […]

Pot luck

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

When my husband’s office holiday party rolled around, I considered making something healthy, like a bean salad. But then I started thinking. When you’re at a pot luck, what do you want to eat? Recalling office pot lucks of my past — when the slightly junky, sour cream, powdered soup, mayonnaise, and/or grated cheese-enhanced  food […]

Birthday baking

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I don’t bake very often, but homemade treats do make birthdays sweeter, n’est-ce pas? I just spent the morning making a batch of donut muffins for my husband to share with his colleagues for his birthday. What’s a donut muffin? Think of a buttery muffin dipped in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. Yes, butter + […]

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