Wandering the streets of Paris, I feel fortunate when I stumble across a great boulangerie. In a city with 1263 bakeries (at last count) many of them are good, a few great, and some are disappointingly ordinary. So when I come one that looks, and smells, like it’s gonna be a great one, I hurry inside. Located on a plain, fairly-deserted side street in the…

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I’m currently working on solving two problems, and I beg forgiveness. I recently upgraded to a digital SLR camera, and I’ve been struggling to understand all those little dials, digital read-outs, flashing numbers, and the myriad of switches that will make me look like the pros. So that’s one problem I’m tackling. The next problem: I have too much chocolate. Here is Paris, the temperature…

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I thought I’d share this recipe for Dulce de Leche Brownies. I had several jars of the dulce de leche in my refrigerator, waiting to be used. And since I happened to be craving chocolate brownies, I though – “Why not combine the two?” In the past, I’ve used homemade Dulce de Leche in this recipe, although you can use store-bought. I think these brownies…

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Someone has a lot of catching up to do. Back soon…

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Almost every foodie worth their salt, including those who hang onto every word by that scary, bow-tied gent, adore their Microplane zester. The rasp-style graters have turned zesting into one of the hottest fads of the new millenium. (Did anyone catch those steamy photos of Vince and Jen zesting lemons on their balcony? Or Brad and Angelina passing time until the baby came, grating orange…

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According to LoI n° 2006-11 du 5 janvier 2006 d’orientation agricole, article 47… …as of January 1, 2010, all plastic bags in France will be compostable and biodegradable. The new sacks are being introduced this week as part of a campaign to promote people shopping at the outdoor markets. What a great initiative. Go France!

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“You’re A Winner!” said the email. “You’ve won a Katana Series Nakiri knife, from Calphalon.” While I seem to be the quintessential person who never wins anything (except the fabulous no-expense paid trip to Paris that I’m enjoying), and I don’t remember putting my business card in the raffle fishbowl, I was happy to accept. And the knife made a lovely addition to my Katana…

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1. I would like to state, once and for all, to clear up the persistent rumors: It was indeed a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. 2. I became a Treehugger. 3. I learned that if your French doctor prescribes suppositories, it’s not a good idea to take one just before going to yoga. 4. Am I the only one that hopes that if Star Jones Reynolds keeps…

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When I take Americans to a market here in Paris, a common query is, “What do they think about organics in France?” The two markets I shop at regularly, the Richard Lenoir Market and the Marche d’Aligre, don’t have much in the way of anything organic. There is one vendor who regularly shows up at the Richard Lenoir market with a gorgeous array of fruits…

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