Gale Gand is a terrific baker and her latest book, Chocolate & Vanilla, is a double-sided treat of a cookbook that’ll have you flipping the book over-and-over almost as much as you’ll flip over the chocolate and vanilla desserts inside! Last weekend I was invited to a birthday party, and as I flipped through the pages of her book, I was intrigued by the delicious-looking…

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Last time I checked, we were so close to the $30,000 mark, I couldn’t stand it anymore, here at Menu For Hope III European-central. Frankly, the thought that there are some of you out there that haven’t bid on anything was driving me nuts. So what are you waiting for? But even if you have already bid on something, let’s double the amount we made…

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That’s the new one meter box of chocolates from Patrick Roger, over three feet of pralines, caramels, nougats, and creamy-smooth ganache-filled bonbons, all enrobed in ultra-dark bittersweet chocolate. I don’t know how someone would brave getting one of those home on the métro, but I’d surely appreciate their efforts if I found one under my tree! Patrick Roger 108, Boulevard St. Germain (6th) Tel: 01…

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This is one of my “Greatest-Hits” recipes, and in the spirit of holiday sharing, I thought it was time to share it with everyone. I made it for a cocktail get-together the other night and my guests dove in so fast that I had to pull the bowl away just to get some for myself! Although I confess, I ate my fair share before my guests…

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Several of you had asked about how to avoid cookies from spreading out during baking, which can be rather vexing…especially when you’ve gone through all that trouble of getting the counter all covered with flour, then rolling ’em out, and cutting them into all those nifty shapes. So here are some tips…

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Did you see? Today, we’ve reached the $15,000 mark and the auction’s just begun! To sweeten the pot, there may be a special surprise from me I’ll be adding in the future, so keep an eye on things around here… In case you missed them, a few brand-new prizes were added to the European prize list: One is a Country Lunch at the home of…

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Welcome to Menu For Hope III, an online auction to raise funds for the United Nations Food Programme, which provides hunger relief to needy people worldwide. Last year we raised over $17,000 during this auction, and this year it’s bigger and even better! The following donations are from the European food blogging community and related sites. There’s over 30 great prizes, including food baskets, gastronomic…

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So I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and make the No-Knead Bread. Except French flour is different than American flour. Dramatically. Consequently my first batch turned into No-Knead Flatbread…. But I’m not quitting yet… To be continued… (Continued 12/11/06: Batch #2 came out like #1. You can see Batch #3 of No-Knead Bread here, made with lots of grains and seeds. It tasted great,…

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Here’s a list of 10 books, in no particular order, that I’ve enjoyed this year. Since I don’t have easy access to English-language books, I chose mine carefully. Although I usually like to read books about food, I got a bit literate and discovered few books about Paris that were truly enlightening…which is really saying something for someone that hasn’t lifted the lid on a…

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