While I was teaching chocolate classes at Central Market stores across Texas last month, in my free time I would wander the aisles of the store. I don’t think I’d ever been in a place that had such a terrific selection of chocolates from around the world. It was a chocolate-lovers dream! I was particularly intersted in these two, which I had never seen before…

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Paris is reported to be the most popular tourist destination in the world. Each year people come from all over the world for their vacations. I’m sure they spend months and months making arrangements, searching the internet looking for a charming, affordable hotel, scouring web site for decent airfares, and searching my blog for places to eat. So after all that, what do most people…

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Do you have a Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Express machine? I used it for making the ice cream cones in The Perfect Scoop.

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During spring and summer in Paris, there’s an overwhelming amount of strawberries at the outdoor markets. The sweet, fruity scent pervades the air as you get closer to the stands and I always walk around and take a look at what people have, to find the most fragrant and deeply color baskets. For me, it’s impossible to come home with just one basket. And when…

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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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