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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chasing the Loire Valley

When your son is a Sommelier and he’s spending  time with you in France, there are certain places which can not be ignored. The Loire Valley is one of them. Why? Because Saumur is there. So what? You might be thinking (as did I), but it turns out that Saumur is the birthplace of the rapidly growing Natural Wine movement in France.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, Mexico


Patzcuaro is a thriving colonial town on the southern edge of Lake Patzcuaro which, at 7000 feet above sea level, is home to 5 islands and the P'urhépecha people. Among the locals it is generally believed that this lake, of volcanic origin with no rivers in or out, is where the barrier between life and death is the thinnest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Potato Mousse Soufflé - The Recipe (and not much more)


Who knew that this photo, of such a humble sounding/looking dish could illicit a flood of requests for the recipe in a matter of 24 hours!?  I was shocked.

True to my story telling nature, I set about researching the History of Potatoes in France which consumed a couple of days (because it's fascinating, spellbinding even).  BUT, this morning it occurred to me that a recipe is a recipe and just maybe I should post that deliciousness right now!  So... with no further ado, here you go:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My village in the 15th Arrondisment of Paris


Daydreaming has been a big pastime for me these days. It's springtime in central California - the weather is gorgeous - and I am homesick. So I daydream about shopping on Rue de Commerce. I daydream of a Steak Tartare at the friendly Café du 15eme  around the corner. I daydream about the Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings underneath the metro line at La Motte Piquet-GrenelleI daydream because it makes me feel at home.  "Home" is our uncommon Parisian quartier that has managed to maintain it's original village charm while the rest of Paris was busy changing.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Traditional Cooking of Michoacán, A Food Festival


Who would have guessed, two years ago in Paris, that meeting Christina Potter and her wife, Judith McKnight, would lead to one of the most outstanding food festivals of my life?  (Well, Cristina and Judith did) Having never been to Mexico, the temptation of traveling to a warmer climate only grew as the weather in Central California got damper.  It didn't take much convincing to book a ticket to Mexico City when Cristina told me the food festival (last year) fell the 3rd week of October Reservations were made, tickets purchased and licktey-split, we were off on another 'culinary extravaganza' adventure...