meta name="p:domain_verify" content="8b08da541f8a920e6 Marie Z Johnston: December 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Truffle Scrambled Eggs

All this internet chit-chat about murder, theft and French truffles has made me hungry for one of my favorite winter dishes. Just thinking about these creamy scrambled eggs infused with truffle makes my toes curl with happiness.

Nothing says New Years Day brunch like Truffle scrambled eggs and Champagne

Monday, December 20, 2010

5 Terrific (mostly FREE) things to do in Paris between Now and New Years

Christmas in Paris. Has a certain ring, doesn't it? Visions of twinkling lights, romantic walks, gently falling snow and delicious meals fill your mind... and then what?

Here is a short list of things I like to do during the holiday season. Nothing on this list takes all day or will break the bank. You will however, feel like an insider and look like a local.  

Sunday, December 12, 2010

David's Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting

I love the internet.  The other night a friend called me from Cincinnati...
"Hey! You going to that book signing at La Cuisine Paris?"  
"What book signing" I asked.
"The one with David Leibowitz and Alexander Lobrano... jeez."
So, I went. After all, Christmas is around the corner and autographed books make such great gifts.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lavender for Christmas

Every winter Paris sprouts entire villages of small cabins (meant to look like quaint chalets) filled with all sorts of stuff destined to become someones gift under the tree.  There are hot wine vendors to fend off the cold (and presumably any purchasing inhibitions one might have) who also serve up the 13 traditional Christmas desserts from Provence for the curious. There is also more stuff from China than you can shake a stick at.  I generally avoid these sorts of markets, though I must admit that the lights and colors do have a certain charm from a distance.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Seafood Chowder

Cold weather and snow have arrived in Paris. All I can think about is comforting foods that fill my kitchen with good smells, warm you up from head to toe and don’t take all day to make. Sure, France is full of satisfying dishes that take hours of simmering on the stove, and I like some of them a lot, but that’s not what I have in mind.