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BOOK LAUNCH — I’M SO EXCITED!

BOOK LAUNCH — I’M SO EXCITED!

September 02, 2021 4 Comments

My book has been published and THIS WEEK IS LAUNCH WEEK!! As you know, I’ve been working on this book for a long time and now it is officially out of my hands and into yours—that’s an amazing feeling. The experience of writing a book has been incredible. I’ve loved researching, testing recipes, and writing . . .

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A TART AND A TORTE—EITHER WAY IT’S ITALIAN PLUMS

A TART AND A TORTE—EITHER WAY IT’S ITALIAN PLUMS

August 24, 2021 4 Comments

It’s time to take advantage of Italian plums in season. Years ago, I read about a plum torte recipe created by Marian Burros that was published in the New York Times every September from 1983 until 1989. In 1989 they announced that this was the last time they were going to print the recipe. Readers were not amused ...

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RECIPES ARE NOT PERFECT—HERE IS HOW TO FIX THEM

RECIPES ARE NOT PERFECT—HERE IS HOW TO FIX THEM

August 17, 2021 2 Comments

“We have become a generation of cooks that do not know how to cook”... Without knowing basic techniques, you are forced to follow recipes. But recipes are not always exact or accurate. Even if you follow the recipe precisely it may not turn out as well as you imagined it would. Here are some tips to make sure your ...

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WHAT CREATED MY PASSION FOR FOOD?

WHAT CREATED MY PASSION FOR FOOD?

August 12, 2021 3 Comments

As I’m finishing the last details of the book, my friend Tulis asks me who I am dedicating the book to? I think about it and say, "I have an acknowledgement page, what’s the difference?" “I love looking at who people dedicate their books to,” she replies. “It’s always interesting to read, it’s different from . . .

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Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook The proof of my new book has arrived

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE . . . BUT IT’S HERE !

August 05, 2021 6 Comments

Ohhhhh MY !!!!! It’s hard to believe . . . But it’s here ! The proof for my book has arrived. It’s an amazing feeling to see my dream in front of me. No matter how long it took or how hard it was to do the result is so worth it—seeing my vision come to life—amazing. Do you know the feeling? Tell us your dreams and what

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I WASN’T GOING TO MENTION IT, BUT THEN I THOUGHT, WHY NOT?

I WASN’T GOING TO MENTION IT, BUT THEN I THOUGHT, WHY NOT?

July 29, 2021 5 Comments

It’s been an accomplishment I never thought I would/could do. But as the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If I had thought about it as anything more than just one step at a time, I’m not certain I would have started—I’m so glad I did. This week I am starting..

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NOT ALL SUMMER BERRIES ARE EQUAL

NOT ALL SUMMER BERRIES ARE EQUAL

July 22, 2021 2 Comments

Berries are part of the delight of summer. Whether you mix them with other fruits in a salad or add them to yogurt as a breakfast treat or just pop them into your mouth as a snack they are one of the enjoyments of the season. Over the years I’ve discovered that not all berries are equal—that is . . .

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A feast to end the pandemic

A FEAST TO END THE PANDEMIC

July 15, 2021 5 Comments

Having a party again is simply wonderful. Every summer, Mark, my husband, makes a gigantic paella and we invite friends to watch the process (trust me, it is a show) and eat the amazing results. The party always occurs between the 4th of July and the 14th, Bastille Day. Are you wondering why we make a paella to . . .

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Lemonade made better!

LEMONADE MADE BETTER

July 08, 2021 3 Comments

Lemonade Is one of my favorite thirst-quenching drinks on those hot days that leave us drained both mentally and physically. I’ve been taking a shortcut and buying organic lemonade, but I find it too sweet so I dilute it 50/50 with water; it’s good and hits the spot. To jazz it up a bit I added . . .

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NOW—IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE HERBS

NOW—IS THE TIME TO PRESERVE HERBS

July 01, 2021

Last summer, I felt like a farmer. I know that’s a big a stretch, but I was harvesting my herbs and finding different ways to preserve them for use the rest of the year. It was such a worthwhile endeavor; every time I opened one of my jars and the explosion of flavor would pour out, I was thrilled I’d had the...

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RAW—FLAVORS TO ENJOY

RAW—FLAVORS TO ENJOY

June 24, 2021

As produce starts to fill the markets I find myself drawn to the simple flavors of the vegetables that are in season. It is the purity and intensity of the single flavors eaten raw that I find so appealing. The fresh flavors of a green salad or a bowl of arugula leaves with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice. Or . . .

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FRUIT, WINE, A BIT OF SUGAR—NOT SANGRIA BUT THE ULTIMATE IN SUMMER DESSERTS

FRUIT, WINE, A BIT OF SUGAR—NOT SANGRIA BUT THE ULTIMATE IN SUMMER DESSERTS

June 17, 2021 2 Comments

During the last two posts I’ve been writing about serving fruits for dessert. It has brought up memories of the long lunches we would have during what seemed to be those endless summer days I spent in the South of France when we all gathered at my grandparents’ home. Lunch was the main meal of the day, we lingered...

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