Like most Americans, I’ve discovered that French people also aren’t so familiar with persimmons either. They see them at the market, but don’t stop to buy any. Or if they do, they take them home, bite into an unripe one, make a face, and toss ’em out. One of my friends living north of San Francisco in Sonoma County had a enormous persimmon tree. Each…

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It’s pretty unusual to find anything in Paris at a discount, so imagine my surprise when I came upon this rarity: …a discount coupon! When I got to the place, however, that a cone of ice cream was 5€ ($6). Gulp! I guess the concept of le discount isn’t quite yet fully-understood in Paris…spoilsports! So I decided it’s time for a contest around here. Yes,…

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Certainly one of the most stunning pastry shops in Paris is Sadaharu Aoki. It’s so well-regarded that I ran into a famous chocolatier from the neighborhood during my last visit, who was picking up his goûter, or afternoon snack, as they call it in Paris. We recognized each other and he smiled at me while choosing a Thé Vert Napoléan; layers of vivid green tea…

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After the end of a long week: I renewed my Carte de Sejour, braved the hectic but incredibleMarché St. Pierre at the foot of Montmarte…and tried to get an answer about why after 10 days, I still don’t have internet access or cable tv. With all that stress, I felt it was an absolute necessity to visit Ladurée twice this week, especially since all my…

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Welcome To Prune Blogging Thursday! I was, frankly, a bit surprised that anyone but me participated…but most of the prune-skeptics out there seem to have been won over. Participants were from all over the world: Italy, Estonia, France, Scotland, Spain, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Thanks to everyone for sending me your entries and I encourage readers out there to visit their web sites…

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One of the most vexing tasks some bakers come across is making the perfect Parisian macaron, those ethereal little domes of almond meringue seen all over Paris, often filled with buttercream, ganache, or a fruity filling of jam. Although the original macaron didn’t have filling, but were simply fused together while warm. So I decided to create two recipes for chocolate macarons: one with an…

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Got your knickers in a knot trying to find new dessert ideas for the holidays? Pick up the November 2005 issue of Bon Appétit magazine, which features some of my absolute favorite new dessert recipes… The November Bon Appétit is available now at newstands, or visit Epicurious.

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Remember the prunes! This week is Prune Blogging Thursday (October 27). If you have a prune recipe or entry on your blog or web site, don’t forget to

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Sometimes I go back into the archives and pull up a post to refresh it. Perhaps the hours have changed, they’ve moved, or something else prompted me to tweak the entry. But a lot has happened since I first wrote about Ô Chateau wine tasting programs. First off, since I wrote about them, they’ve moved – twice.

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