Past life: Living in France 2008

Macarons: Popular in Paris, but a Loire Valley speciality

Regular readers know I took a couple of cooking classes offered by the language insitute where I’m studying. I actually made this macaron cookie with vanilla filling! It was extremely delicious. The cookie part manages to be both crispy on the outside and edges (because after you pipe it out of the bag onto the… Continue reading Macarons: Popular in Paris, but a Loire Valley speciality

Past life: Living in France 2008

Salad dressing: a whole post dedicated to the topic

Look left, please. You’ve just seen the salad dressing section, in its entirety, of the largest grocery store I’ve ever been in. (Think five times as large as the largest Stop N Shop in Fairfield County.) And this is it for the salad dressings. (Their cookie section? A full aisle, both sides. And that doesn’t… Continue reading Salad dressing: a whole post dedicated to the topic

Past life: Living in France 2008

Food journal: recent memories

a mixed green salad with rounds slices of warm goat cheese (chèvre) covered in honey and a drizzle of fig sauce hare stew (yes, the thing related to a rabbit only bigger and, unfortunately, usually uglier) macarons (chocolate, pistachio, raspberry, violet, and rose—not kidding) a baguette sandwich with salami, camembert cheese, and cornichons (little gherkin… Continue reading Food journal: recent memories