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The Artichoke’s Story – It’s All About Love

artichokes, flat leaf parsley,

When I was a child, my mother served us artichokes whenever she could find them.  I was the only one I knew who ate them, delighting in pulling off each leaf and dipping it into wonderful melted butter.  We were a big family, and food was our heart and soul.  Getting a big, fat artichoke …

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The Jerusalem Artichoke and Its Strange Story

Jerusalem artichokes, root vegetable, tuber

Go to Video Jerusalem Artichoke – Helianthus tuberosus There are so many things about a Jerusalem artichoke to love, but I could never say that to my neighbor, Marie-Odile.  She was an adolescent during World War Two, living in the town of Louviers which was occupied by German forces and later burned to the ground.  …

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The Thrill of Parisian (French) Happiness

There are smiles on Parisian faces, everywhere.  The difference from confinement to de-confinement is  patently obvious.  People are simply thrilled to be able to sip a coffee at a café, to have a beer a Spritz or a glass of rose on the terrace.  Paris has become an outdoor dining room, and everyone wants to …

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