Since I wrote the book on chocolate I realize that I should be blogging more about chocolate, but all the answers to many of your chocolate questions can easily be found in The Great Book of Chocolate. This book is the ultimate guidebook to the world of chocolate and a wealth of information with delicious recipes. If you’re like me and can never have enough…

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Holy Pschitt!

As seen in a Paris café… Kudos to Gideon for having the fortitude to try it.

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Recently the proliferation of heirloom tomatoes at greenmarkets harkens back to the days of yore, when tomatoes were beautiful and irregular and presumably so full of flavor that after one bite you could boast about how good it was for the remainder of your life and try to make everyone feel like you know something that they don’t know and how much richer your life…

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Look who’s come to Paris… Cosmos… pour tous!

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Just an hour or so from Paris is the medieval market at Le Neubourg where each wednesday locals crowd the market, choosing their fresh fruits and vegetable, regional raw-milk cheeses and just-churned golden-yellow crocks of butter, along with meats and hand-stuffed sausages from the jovial local bouchers, doling out crispy morsels of sautéed charcuterie. It’s the kind of market where if you ask the poultry…

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Beginning with choosing teams for third-grade Dodgeball to food blog memes, I’m accustomed to being the last one picked. But then I get tagged twice in one week! Along came my new gal-pal Meg, from Too Many Chefs, who snagged me for the cookbook meme that’s been going ’round. Here goes…. 1. Total number of cookbooks I’ve owned: Well, er, when I moved out of…

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Butterscotch Pudding 1. In a large bowl, make the butterscotch base by mixing the brown sugar with the melted butter. Set aside. 2. Put the yolks in a small bowl and stir briefly. 2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with a small amount of the cold milk until smooth. Pour the rest of the milk into a heavy saucepan and scrape in the…

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When people ask me the rather perplexing question, “Why do you live in France?”, I simply direct them to the nearest fromagerie. Yes, there’s great food to be found everywhere: Spain has great ham and crisp, almond turrone, Italians have great olive oil and gelato. And when in New York who can resist the chewy bialys and bagels? But there is nothing comparable to the…

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I was tagged by Adam, the Amateur Gourmet who picked me for this food meme. (Then split for 2-3 weeks of vacation!) Here’s my responses… What is your first memory of baking/cooking on your own? Good Seasons salad dressing. The measuring! The mixing! The magic! No wonder I became a pastry chef. Who had the most influence on your cooking? Lindsey Shere, who was the…

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