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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Adieu 2014 - Bonjour 2015



George Costanza did not celebrate "The Holidays".  His father created their own day of observance around the "Annual Airing of Grievances", something I suspect we all know more than a little about.  As 2014 rolled to a close, *a very smart man made the suggestion that perhaps more could be accomplished by airing our good fortune.  So, let the airing begin....

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Home for the Holidays


The week between Christmas and New Years Eve has held a certain fascination for about as long as I can remember.  Particularly in Paris while sitting in the back seat of our car with my nose pressed up against the cold window watching the colored  lights rush by.  The blinking and blurring in the steaminess created by my warm breath on the glass intensifies those feelings.  I wonder about the parties and all the beautifully dressed, glamorous people attending those parties.  At eleven years old it all seems so wonderfully magical.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chasing the Loire Valley

When your son is a Sommelier and he’s spending  time with you in France, there are certain places which can not be ignored. The Loire Valley is one of them. Why? Because Saumur is there. So what? You might be thinking (as did I), but it turns out that Saumur is the birthplace of the rapidly growing Natural Wine movement in France.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day of the Dead in Patzcuaro, Mexico


Patzcuaro is a thriving colonial town on the southern edge of Lake Patzcuaro which, at 7000 feet above sea level, is home to 5 islands and the P'urhépecha people. Among the locals it is generally believed that this lake, of volcanic origin with no rivers in or out, is where the barrier between life and death is the thinnest.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Potato Mousse Soufflé - The Recipe (and not much more)


Who knew that this photo, of such a humble sounding/looking dish could illicit a flood of requests for the recipe in a matter of 24 hours!?  I was shocked.

True to my story telling nature, I set about researching the History of Potatoes in France which consumed a couple of days (because it's fascinating, spellbinding even).  BUT, this morning it occurred to me that a recipe is a recipe and just maybe I should post that deliciousness right now!  So... with no further ado, here you go: