me versus the meringue.

My father-in-law is the undisputed king of meringue in the family – I’ve never seen someone whip up a batch so effortlessly.  I always get nervous when making meringue – will it be too dry? Too tacky? It’s a crapshoot every time, at least for me.  But when I saw these gorgeous organic raspberries at […]

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six favorite skin products for fall/winter

Whenever the weather changes (particularly from summer to fall), I have to switch up my skincare routine from my usual “cleanse, tone, moisturize” to a few more steps.  Cold weather tends to strip all the moisture out of my face (particularly around my mouth) – and it’s not even that cold here in Northern California!   […]

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mamie’s simple green soup

Instead of apple picking last weekend, we ended up at the San Rafael Civic Center Farmers Market – my favorite market in the Bay Area, even more than the SF Ferry Building’s market. One of the market’s most popular vendors – Tomatero Farms – carries some of the most spectacular greens at great prices: several […]

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from the kitchen of ma belle-mère.

One of the perks of being married to Jules is being able to visit his family home in the southwest of France.  The area where his parents live is 20 minutes from Bergerac, and since we’re pretty much in the middle of the countryside, we don’t really go out to eat.  This means lots of […]

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a truly decadent lunch. {france}

I thought a lot how I was going to approach the subject of foie gras on my blog.  Some people are really, really against it, and some people (like myself) think that it’s perfectly okay to consume foie gras from reputable producers.  So if you’re one of those people who thinks this French delicacy is […]

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the classic croque monsieur.

There is something so decadent and comforting about the classic Croque Monsieur.  The French version of a grilled ham-and-cheese, but with the added layer of bechamel sauce, quite luxurious indeed.  These sandwiches have been appearing on cafe menus in Paris since the early 1900s.  Since the ingredients for a Croque Monsieur are simple, you should […]

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this happened last night.

I don’t really get around to baking all that often, but last night I was inspired to make a couple of batches of madeleines, flavored with orange flower water.  I think we ate nearly a dozen of them last night as they were cooling.  Jules looked sad when he asked if I was going to […]

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