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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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cardamom sablés with fresh peaches and rose cream

July 11th, 2014

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cardamom sablés with
fresh summer peaches and rose cream

You can enjoy this dessert deconstructed as well. For example, the peaches and cream can be placed in a bowl and you can add the sable on the top or on the side. Alternatively, enjoy the sables with a cup of tea (rose tea if you have it). The cream is lightly flavored with rose syrup (I use Monin) if you want a more pronounced rose flavor, add a little more (but not too much).

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strawberry gazpacho

July 3rd, 2014

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“It’s A Life”

Strawberry Gazpacho 

Julia Child said that, “You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” I believe that she was correct. 

With that thought in mind I left my comfort zone of classes or cooking privately in people’s homes or their offices, to work in a Parisian kitchen. It is not unusual for cooks to do this because seeing the way other people do things is often an inspirational springboard for your creativity and there is always so much to learn. And then there is the fact that it is fun (well, if you like this type of thing…working throughout the day and night and coming hone after midnight smelling of food.. it is not something that is attractive to the majority of people). “It’s a life.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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venez avec moi à Dijon

June 2nd, 2014

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Paris Day Trip

venez avec moi à Dijon

This post is dedicated to Sandy Kiratsoulis and Barbara Bomes.
May the new chapters in your lives bring forth beautiful experiences filled with adventure. You will be missed. 

The desk sits in front of the window giving me a direct view of the stone apartments and Parisian rooftops across the way. Inspiring and distracting. I was supposed to sit at my desk and complete revisions on a manuscript. Deadlines. However, as I looked at the rooftops facing me my thoughts drifted to the lengthy list of places I have yet to discover and I found myself getting up and down from my desk for things like making a snack for which I was not really hungry.

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Mother’s Day 2014

May 9th, 2014

 

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Mother’s Day 2014

“Rising to the Occasion”

&

your favorite chocolate soufflé

Each year in honor of Mother’s Day I write a personal recipe of life inspired by and for my daughters accompanied by a family (food) recipe relevant to the message. This year it is about soufflés and “rising to the occasion” that phrase we so often hear. The recipe is for a classic chocolate soufflé and you can find it in the following post. If you would like to skip directly to the soufflé recipe you may do so by clicking here, otherwise read on.

To all mothers I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day (Joyeuse Fête des Mères).

warmly,

LM

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classic chocolate soufflé

May 9th, 2014

 

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classic chocolate soufflé
Measuring your ingredients by weight (rather than volume) is the most accurate way to bake and produces the best results.

makes  6

equipment:

kitchen scale
6 ramekins, 3” wide
2 saucepans
double boiler or bain marie
2 nonreactive bowls
measuring cup
wire whisk
spatula
large spoon
rimmed baking sheet
mixer with whisk attachment (or large bowl with balloon whisk)

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joyeux noël

December 25th, 2013

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and un très bon appétit. LM
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holiday fudge

December 19th, 2013

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short and sweet 

holiday fudge (like Grandma used to make) 

 It was my birthday this week. The exact day I will not specify but my mother did tell me that it was Brad Pitt’s birthday as well and what woman would not be pleased about that?

I neither greeted the day bounding out of bed in celebration of the gift of another year nor speed-dialing my dermatologist. In truth, the day began with pause because for the past forty- Read the rest of this entry »

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panzanella

September 13th, 2013

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this is farm to table: preparing food in the middle of a farm

panzanella

This week I did something I have never done: I gave a cooking demonstration in the middle of a farm field. McGrath Family Farm in Camarillo, California was the farm.

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