les cadeaux de Noël.

Since I was going to be spending this Christmas season away from my family, I didn’t really feel like participating in the typical holiday activities.  I usually love looking at the lights, going ice skating, setting up a Christmas tree and hanging ornaments, but this year, I wanted to get out of town and see […]

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a christmas present for jules.

I am not always the greatest at shopping for gifts.  Usually I like to give something somewhat practical (so I know that the recipient will actually use whatever I give them), with a touch of sentimental.  When I declared that we had to put a spending cap on our Christmas gifts to each other, I […]

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m.i.a.

harvest Sorry I’ve been missing from my blog for nearly a MONTH!!!  Work has been quite busy, and I haven’t had much motivation to spend time in front of my computer when I’m not at the office.  I am hoping to get back to my regular posts on food, shopping, and lovely craft things by […]

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one year ago.

Exactly one year to the day of Essenciel’s first harvest, we headed out to Clarksburg (near Lodi) to check out the maturity of the grapes that we’re expecting to harvest next month.  While LB was off gathering samples and using his nifty refractometer, I went all Ansel Adams on the vines.  Here’s a sneak peak […]

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when you can’t stand the heat…

Get thee some shave ice! Coming from mild weather in San Francisco, the 88-92 degree range is just way too hot for this former island girl.  I think I’ve been in front of a fan or air conditioner every chance that I could since I got to Hawaii.  (Seriously, I am breaking a sweat just […]

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tastes like chicken (not really): lapin à la moutarde

Rabbit has been one type of meat that has intimidated me in the kitchen, though I love eating it!  My darling Jules mentioned this dish, and I had to try making it.  The process took a few hours, mostly because you use the least meaty parts of the rabbit to make your own rabbit stock.  […]

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provence and the church of anthony bourdain

Sometimes I get my best inspiration when watching my favorite travel-food show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Jules joked that this show is my religion).  After buying a ton of vegetables at the farmer’s market and Berkeley Bowl West, I happened upon an episode in Provence where one of the host families was preparing a traditional […]

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