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Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins Recipe

The recipe for these vegan muffins is based on this winning vegan coconut banana bread, which I modified to skip the grated coconut, add coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate, and bake in muffin form, with a sprinkle of unrefined sugar so the top part is extra extra desirable. The texture o...

Gâteau de Mamy: My Grandmother’s Apple Cake Recipe

Le goûter is the afternoon snack kids are given when they come out of school around four. In my family, we called it simply le thé, and it was the highlight of the day. Around five on weekends, somebody would invariably ask, “On fait le thé?” Cookies or cake, usually baked by my mother, would ...

25 French Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t a thing in my own very French family, but I have many American friends in Paris who do celebrate it. They usually host their special meal on the Saturday following the actual Thanksgiving Thursday, since French companies and schools don’t consider it a holiday (obv.). A fe...

Whole-Grain Fermented Mustard Recipe

Did you know you can actually make your own mustard? From mustard seeds? And that it’s fun, and easy, and really really good? I sort of knew but didn’t try it until I found a recipe for whole-grain fermented mustard in an excellent little book called Aliments fermentés%2C aliments santé, by Ma...

Best of August

How did the month of August go for you? Did it fly by? Mine too! I had plans to make progress on a couple of big projects — things like a new book, and an online class — and I did some work on them, but I also let myself just enjoy the slow drip of summer. My family and I took a pretty emo...

This Is Summer

Are you enjoying a summer of slow? A summer of naps, a summer of lazy, a summer of peaches bitten straight into, leaning over the sink? Yeah, me neither. We did go away with the kids for a couple of weeks in the Aveyron region, which we adore. There, we relaxed in the garden hammock ...

Best of June

What’s new? At the very beginning of June, I was in Dallas to attend my life coach training with Brooke Castillo. It was an amazing learning experience, and I am on track to be certified in September. (Sign up to be notified when my English coaching site goes live!) I had a lot of fun in...

Pissaladière (French Onion Tart) Recipe

Pissaladière is a specialty from Nice, in the South of France. It’s a thin-crust onion tart topped with black olives and anchovies, baked on a pizza-style dough. The name comes from pissalat (pee-sah-lah), a Provençal condiment of puréed anchovies, cloves, thyme and bay leaves that used to be s...

Best of May

I am writing to you from a hotel room near Dallas, Texas, where I am spending a full week to attend The Life Coach School training with Brooke Castillo. If you don’t know who Brooke Castillo is, let’s just say she is an amazing woman who has changed my life in more ways than I can list. She is...

La Cornue Range: A Factory Tour!

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit the workshop where La Cornue stoves are manufactured. La Cornue is the French brand for luxurious kitchen ranges, and is this year celebrating the 110th anniversary of its famous vaulted oven, first created in 1908.
 
I’ve alw...

Otium Salad with Roasted Radishes and Shaved Asparagus Recipe

Do you know what Otium means? Otium is the Latin word for virtuous leisure, a time free of obligation that is spent in contemplation, and the cultivation of one’s spirit. This is a concept that resonates with me deeply, as I have become more and more interested in personal development and mi...

French Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday of May in North America. In France, it is the last Sunday in May. (Unless that falls on Pentecost Sunday, in which case it’s the first Sunday in June. Still with me?) In 2018, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13; the French will ...
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