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Veggie spaghetti with shrimp

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

If you’re a regular reader, you probably know I’m fascinated by home cooking—not elaborate food, but rather the quick weeknight meals people throw together after a long day at work. Today I’m delighted to welcome Jane Grey Battle, age 10, who shares her fast, healthy—and award-winning!—recipe for Veggie Spaghetti with Alabama Gulf Shrimp. Grey (as she’s called, […]

Food and book links to love

Friday, March 15th, 2013

It snowed again in Paris this week, a big snow. After my icy adventures there in January (and last week in New York) I have to admit, I wasn’t that sorry to miss it. Ah, March is a lion, mes amis, hear her roar! This weekend, I’m looking forward to having some friends over for dinner, and […]

Cozy weekend links to love

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

I admit, I took this photo about a month ago during the big chute des neiges in Paris. Though there’s no snow predicted this weekend in Washington, I’m still craving coziness: the smell of cookies in the oven, a slow braise on the stove, a lazy afternoon on the couch with a good book. Ahhh… […]

Kindnesses and links to love

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Earlier this week, I had dinner with a friend who is a teacher. It was Monday, the first day of school after the Connecticut tragedy, and we talked a little bit about how the news had affected her class of sixth graders. She told us about the project she’d assigned: to perform 28 acts of […]

Turkey lurkey links to love

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The first time I ever cooked Thanksgiving dinner, I was living in a studio apartment in Manhattan, a small room with one (short) wall dedicated to the kitchen. My furniture consisted of a bed, a futon couch and a coffee table — that’s all that could fit. Still, eight of us (or was it ten?) […]

Weekend links to love

Friday, October 26th, 2012

My husband and I were talking last night about things that we like better in the States. Not just obvious things like customer service (which is really, really efficient and friendly). But little stuff: Cottage cheese. Ethnic food. Breakfast cereal (especially Bare Naked granola). Crunchy apples (I’ve always found French apples mushy). Iced tea. In […]

Best craftsmen of France

Friday, October 12th, 2012

One of the things I admire most about French culture is its preservation of traditional métiers. Walk down a street in Paris and chances are you’ll find a family-owned bakery, run by a boulangère proud to carry her name above the door. There are independent pastry shops, fromageries, charcuteries and butchers. Or even boot-makers, or hat […]

The best baguette in Paris

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

You guys. You guys are the best readers a blogger could ask for. You guys are the best friends a girl could ask for. Your funny and heartfelt comments on my last post have made me laugh, cry and brim with new appreciation for our new apartment (tiny though it may be). Most of all, […]

Victor Hugo’s Guernsey exile

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Here in France, there is a new president elect. But I’ve been wondering, if Victor Hugo was alive, who would he have supported in the election — Sarkozy, Hollande… or exile? You see, last summer, I was lucky enough to visit the Channel Island of Guernsey, where Hugo, a fierce critic of the Second Empire, […]

How do you choose books?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Last week, the New York Times had an interesting debate about blurbs (i.e. those words of praise from other authors that appear on the back of a book), asking: “If so many books are being commended, are they all commendable? [Are] blurbs on book covers still meaningful or have [they] become just background noise?” I […]

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