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salmon with sorrel sauce (saumon à l’oiselle)

March 2nd, 2015

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garden invasion and my favorite cold weather herb

salmon with sorrel sauce

(saumon à l’oiselle)

It was me or them. I am speaking in terms of food terms, of course, not violence.

You see, there are a few things remaining in my winter vegetable and herb garden that not only have survived in the cold, but have thrived. Dark green, crinkly Tuscan kale, yellow and rainbow chard so beautiful that it is (almost) too gorgeous to eat, frisée to add some green to my breakfast, and wild arugula with the perfect amount of peppery spice to zip up any dish. My Italian parsley, chives, and cilantro, are struggling, but holding on. Read the rest of this entry »

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crispy duck breast with date and cherry chutney, mustard frisée salad and baked duck fat fries

February 13th, 2015

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BISTRO CHEZ VOUS

the sweet smell of duck … it must be love

recipe: crispy duck breast with date and cherry chutney,
mustard frisée salad, and baked duck fat fries

This year I depart from my usual chocolate theme for Valentine’s Day. This year it is duck and duck fat.  Read the rest of this entry »

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adieu 2014; bienvenue 2015

December 23rd, 2014

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adieu 2014; bienvenue 2015

Imagine le juillet every day

2015 is almost here. 2014 has gone faster than a Yule log at a hungry table.

Rather than another holiday recipe, I wanted to post a little feast for your eyes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Porcini Parmentier with crispy shallots and garlic and mushroom jus

December 16th, 2014

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Porcini Parmentier 

with crispy shallots and garlic and mushroom jus

Hachis Parmentier or Parmentier is the French version of the English Shepherd’s Pie, to which people more often refer probably because it seems easier to pronounce. Any way you dish it, parmentier is comfort food. Hearty and warm. Perfect for the winter weather.

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stuffed and braised chicken breasts (a/k/a “proteinwich”)

December 9th, 2014

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cold hands; hot pockets

stuffed and braised chicken breasts
(a/k/a “proteinwich”)

The holiday season. Everyone is busy, if not overwhelmed. Despite the holiday preparations, daily life still goes on; the children need to get to school, you have to work, and dinner still needs to be on the table. I can help with the dinner requirement.  Read the rest of this entry »

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seared tuna rolls with micro greens

October 2nd, 2014

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Kona, “Blazeman,” and the log-roll

Recipe: seared tuna roll with micro greens

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Marrakech

September 18th, 2014

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venez avec moi à Marrakech

recipe: Harira soup

When it comes to summer vacation I try to blend new adventures with familiar ones. This summer the new adventure was Marrakech, Morocco. It was a trip that the three of us have discussed many times at the dinner table. With autumn eyes, I give you a summer photo journal and a popular and tasty Moroccan recipe you and your family will love (at least once the weather catches up with the calendar).

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Venez avec moi à Marrakech (come with me to Marrakech).

bisou, LM
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Harira (hearty beef and lentil soup)

September 17th, 2014

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Harira
(hearty beef and lentil soup)

This soup is a tradition in the Maghreb (North Africa). It was Ramadan when we were in Marrakech, a time when this soup is eaten not only to break the fast after the sun has set but also eaten in the morning before the sun rises. My daughters love lentils and this soup was their favorite. The soup is often thickened with flour or eggs as well as rice or vermicelli. I add none of these. Instead, the soup is thickened with the aide of crushed tomatoes (rather than puréed or strained), more beef, and more lentils. I also add fresh herbs (but we all know how I like my fresh herbs). This is a hearty, perfect soup for autumn and winter. It is wonderful because you can also freeze it for those rainy days when you are short on time.


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tuna and roasted beet tartare with lentils

August 29th, 2014

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obsessions can be wonderful 

“I don’t just like food…I love it”

- Ratatouille 

Sometimes I become obsessed with certain combinations and particular ingredients. When the inspiration comes, I go with it. Sometimes the things you create become favorites that last long beyond the obsession. I think this week’s recipetuna and roasted beet tartare with lentils, is one of those recipes. Read the rest of this entry »

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fig and nectarine fruit salad

August 21st, 2014

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(no) Labor Day Summer Salad

fig and nectarine fruit salad

End of Grandes Vacances. End of summer. Sigh. No more long sunny days and lazy mornings. No more cabana boy bringing you a chilled rosé to sip on at the beach with your friends. Bigger sigh. As if that isn’t too much to take in, the return to reality after vacation can be jarring. There is the vacation mail that was held and now spilling over the box ready for you to dive in. The appointments, forms, supplies, and back to school events filling your calendar which despite your color labels (an organizational system that Martha Stewart herself would admire) your calendar does not look organized. Instead, it looks like a toddler has taken crayons to it. Although vacation brings a rejuvenation and a new sense of life, sometimes we are not yet ready to let go of summer. Read the rest of this entry »

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