Sometimes I feel like I must be walking around with a sign on me that says… “Even though it’s obvious from the way I’m holding it, I’m carrying a fragile dessert that I’ve spent hours making… …But please feel free to walk right into me anyways.” Yes, that was me trying to navigate Paris, tranversing the sidewalks and mètros of Paris, hoping to make it…

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Sleepy-eyed after a very long night of wining & dining, I crawl out of bed and pour myself a steaming hot bowl of café au lait and toast slices of pain au levain… The beginning of another year in Paris. I bring the bowl to my lips and take a comforting sip. MMmmm… I slather butter on my warm toast. It melts and forms little…

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I wish you all a wonderful New Year and Bonne Année. My New Year’s Eve celebration will be filled with fresh oysters from Brittany accompanied by slices of fresh rye bread smeared with salted butter, a coupe (or two..) of rosé Champagne, and a nice wedge of caramelized Almond Tart for dessert, a delicious reminder of my days at Chez Panisse. It’s bubbling nicely now…

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Pocket Coffee™ Haiku Chocolate Macarons Cuilinary Confessions Wine and Chocolate Long Live the Kouign! 10 Signs You’re Blogging Too Much The Tomato Gap Terror has a name… Tempering Chocolate 10 Reasons the Amateur Gourmet Should Come to Paris The Grainy Breads of Paris

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While Paris is always beautiful, winter comes, and the city gets cold, gray, and touch dreary. In fact, it’s so cold that I refuse to go outside until spring. Believe me, all those romantic photos of Paris you see are taken during the spring and fall are very deceptive. And although it’s very pretty, it would take a mighty big levier (crowbar) to get me…

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“Adam knows what he did, and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it.” -David ‘Paris’ Lebovitz Watch David and Adam à Paris…

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Yup, I’m back in Paris…home for the holidays. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a soon-to-be Happy Birthday to David! (…it’s the 27th) For a dose of hilarious holiday humor, listen to Xmas in Frisco (if you have iTunes, it’s under the Radio listings; click: ‘Holiday’ to listen). The songs are some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard and softens the edge from any holiday…

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Here are some helpful tips to prevent cookies from spreading: Don’t Overbeat the Batter Far too many recipes advise bakers to simply “Cream butter and sugar until smooth”. So many people just turn on the mixer and go check their e-mail. When you beat butter and sugar, those little crystals of sugar create air pockets between the butterfat. The more you beat, the more air…

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Way back when, hotelier Leona Helmsley was charged with tax evasion and she became Public Enemy #1. A clever ad campaign lured guests back with the line… “Say what you want, she runs a helluva place!” That’s the way I feel about Los Angeles. I don’t know why, but I used to harbor suspicions about the place, that it was all just a big phony…

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