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Impromptu Dessert – This Means Quick N’ Easy

cookies, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate

Go to Recipe Go to Video Impromptu meals are one of my favorite kinds for neighbors or friends, visitors who arrive early or are hungrier than they expected to be.  And then there are the meals that are planned but a day is much busier than expected.  In either case there is often little time …

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Amuse Your Mouth – Tickle Your Palate

Go to Recipe Go to Video The very opening of the meal, those first tastes as people arrive, is my favorite moment.   In France we call this moment the “apéritif” or, more colloquially, the “apéro” though technically this refers just to the drink. The food is called “amuse bouche” or amuse the mouth. And this …

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French Markets and a Few Paris Restaurant Suggestions

Go to Video Oh how I love the “marché alimentaire,” the farmers’ market.  In Paris, in Louviers, in anywhere I can find one! The market is the theater of life, brought together in all its variety both in the vendors who hawk their wares, and the customers of every ilk who stroll through, rush with …

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Bastille Day and Le Bal

Bonjour From Paris, Friends! This upcoming week includes Bastille Day, and the country is vibrating with excitement.  Unlike last year, this year anyone who wants to can watch the fireworks live, “elbow to elbow” with their friends, neighbors, and strangers from the world over.  Because Bastille Day is THE national holiday, and because the French …

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