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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 ...

Best of April

• We’ve had an eerily summer-like month of April, with cherry blossoms and lilac and wisteria blooming everywhere, unending afternoons at the park, and blissful dinners on sidewalk terraces. • I have been to see the exhibition Dutch Artists in Paris, which ends on May 13, and L.O.V.E.D. i...

Kale Tabbouleh with Cilantro and Chorizo Recipe

{Scroll down to enter the giveaway!} Today, I am sharing with you a beautiful and delicious recipe excerpted from Marie Asselin’s new book, Simply Citrus. Marie Asselin is the talented Quebec-based author of the blog Food Nouveau, which documents her cooking and baking adventures. She is...

Instant Pot Ramen-Style Pork Belly Recipe

I have been wanting to share this recipe for ramen-style pork belly with you for, oh, two years and a half, ever since I made it for the first time, using Camille Oger’s excellent directions in her post Easy braised pork and quick rāmen. Camille Oger is a French food writer and journalist who t...
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