Mon Petit Jardin

May 4, 2015

Last week, my friend Cat brought me some herbs from Normandy, and I thought, “Excellent! I can put these right outside of my kitchen window in a sweet little window box and that’ll be so handy!” Then I realized the dryer won’t let my large vertical window open more than a few inches, so I […]

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Rose

April 27, 2015

Rose has become a Frisbee dog. When she was first learning to catch the it’s-not-a-ball (!) but flying disc at the little park down the street from where we were living in Santa Fe, she’d quickly get tired and declare the Frisbee fetch over. Now we play every afternoon at the Bois de Boulogne and […]

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Roasted Potatoes with Ramp Pesto

April 7, 2015

“Hello, Texas!” shouted the vendor at my new favorite vegetable stand when he saw me walk past with my dog Rose in tow. I waved back.  “Bonjour! Ca va?” I said, and took my place at the back of the line. Then I saw these gorgeous green leaves popping out of the corner of the box of deep […]

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Lazy Bones Salad

April 3, 2015

About a half-bag of roquette. Parmesan curls. A small handful of pine nuts, lightly toasted. Some balsamic vinegar and good olive oil. The add-ons: leftover olive fougasse, warmed in the oven till crisp, and the end of the baguette from the day before that, with fresh chèvre and oven-roasted cherry tomatoes. Perfect for those nights when […]

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Almost Salade Nicoise

March 20, 2015

Of course, if this were an authentic salade Nicoise, there would be potatoes. There would also be anchovies.  Haricots verts. Maybe some tomatoes. And the olives would not be Kalamata, which these are; rather, the smaller Nicoise. So I know this is something else, but it is very close, and more than that, it’s really good, […]

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Broccoli Spinach Soup with Lime

February 27, 2015

Because I can be a little obsessive, and because I love broccoli and spinach, this soup has both. Maybe I just forgot about all the rain and gray, but I don’t remember such a wet patch like the one we’ve been having and are still in the midst of. It’s been messy. And mostly cold, but […]

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Washing Machine Cinnamon Biscuits

February 5, 2015

It has been gray and cold in Paris, with crazy days of rain and snow mixed together, and I have been thinking about what I could bake — toxic oven fumes be damned! — to warm up my insides. Naturally, biscuits came to mind. (Biscuits, I love you more than ice cream. No, that’s not […]

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French Toast

January 31, 2015

I’ve been putting off writing a post until I felt better. About everything. It has not been an easy reentry to life in Paris. I still don’t know how to write about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the other horrific acts of terrorism that followed. Am I okay? People still ask this a lot. No. I’m […]

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Ho Ho Ho.

December 24, 2014

In case you’ve wondered where I’ve been, that’s a long story. Let’s just say that I’m glad this year is almost over. 2014, get outta here. Scram, you. It wasn’t all terrible, though. I wrapped up the year with a fabulous weekend at Lake Austin Spa Resort, which, no matter what, always seems to put […]

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

October 16, 2014

A few years ago, I was invited over to a friend’s house for dinner in Paris. He and his wife were from Syria, and they had one of the sweetest love stories I’d ever heard. Sasha was working in Paris as a handyman, and she had come to visit friends. The families knew each other, but she […]

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