April 2006 archives

  At the markets during the spring and summer here in Paris, there are piles and mounds of strawberries. The sweet, fruity scent pervades the air as you get closer to the stands. I always come home with a kilo (2 pounds), which costs about 3 euros (about $3.50) and I eat as many as I can during their season. Some people swoon for the…

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While at the market yesterday looking for things to snitch, I bought a sack of my favorite olives, les Lucques. Lucques olives are originally from Italy, but are now most closely associated with France and they’re unlike any other olive you’re likely to sample, free or otherwise. Grown in the Hérault region in the south of France, the Languedoc, they’re harvested in the fall and…

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Do you wander the aisles at Whole Foods, soaking up all the good vibes from the organic, sustainable, and good-for-you products? Ever been tempted to snitch a sample? Well, you’d better not…

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When they say,“Non”, they mean, “Convince me.” When they say,“We do not take returns”, they mean,“Convince me.” When they say,“It’s not broken“, they mean,“Convince me.” When they say, “You need a prescription for that”, they mean,“Convince me.” When they say,“The restaurant is completely full”, they mean,“Please come up with a better story.” When they say,“The restaurant is completely full”, they mean,“We already have enough Americans…

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Every year the International Association of Culinary Professionals hands out awards for what they deem are the Best Cookbooks of the Year. Last month in Seattle, I attended the ceremony with a few friends and instead of getting drunk on the free wine and champagne and heckling the winners as usual, I was thrilled when the names were called and not one…not two…but three of…

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Someone, anyone…help!…bring Rice Krispies! I think I brought too many marshmallows back…

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Choxie Lady

Everytime I go back to the United States, I’m certain to spend a good part of one day wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles at Target. (And can everyone please stop correcting folks when they say “Target”, with “Tar-jay“, which was somewhat funny…about 10 years ago. But we’ve all heard it a zillion times before, and people expect us to laugh in response, but…

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I make this every year for Passover. It’s not that I’m all that religious (for some reason I seem to celebrate only the holidays where there’s lots of eating, drinking…and presents, of course.) But I always pick up a box or two of matzoh, which is stacked high in supermarkets this month, plus I love the sweet-crunch of this toffee-like confection. The only problem is…

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This April marks a very special three-year anniversary. Do I celebrate with a coupe of Champagne? Do I whip out the mixer and make a celebration cake? Do I pull out what’s left of my hair and be bitter? No, no…and maybe. In April of 2003, I shipped two cases of books to my address in Paris, and somewhere between here and there, someone is…

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