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Pâté en Croûte

Bastille Day has come and gone. We did celebrate, though, in true French fashion–by drinking wine and making a complicated dish involving many kinds of meat wrapped in a flaky, … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Salmon Mayonnaise

I thought it was high time I made a recipe from Escoffier that would result in an actual meal, rather than a freezer bag of sauce base to use sometime … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 4 Comments

Happy Easter!

Sometimes you need a break from all those stocks and sauces. Happy Easter to all my friends!    

April 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

Skimming Scum with Escoffier

So, I started at the beginning, which in haute cuisine, starts with stocks. For Escoffier, sauces and stocks are the fundamental elements of cooking. He wrote that they are “the … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

Happy Merry Birthday Christmas

Merry Christmas to all the Christmas babies (and especially to ours!) and to their parents and families making and eating birthday cakes today. We have four birthdays in our extended … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

End-of-Summer Tomatoes

At the end of the summer, tomatoes are so plentiful I imagine it’s possible to get sick of them.  I never do, though.  What is that saying?:  When you’re tired … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Transporting your Food

There’s  a lot written in the foodie world today about growing, buying, and eating local.   A laudable goal for many reasons, not the least of which is to decrease the … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Following Directions to a Gâteau Breton

I have my prejudices when it comes to baking.  For example, any recipe for a baked good with cornstarch in the ingredients turns me off; separating eggs is rarely worth … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Real American Food

I’ll be hosting several international college students and one former South American ambassador in a few nights–with instructions to provide them an American dinner experience.  International students don’t often get … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

Lent in New Orleans

I recently returned from a short trip to New Orleans, arriving a few days after Mardi Gras. Given that Mardi Gras is a Catholic tradition and as I’m still (or, … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

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