Category Archives: Recipes

Snow Storm Menus and Sour Dough Bread

 Friday night of the big snowstorm our friends Jim and Michael were in town from London and staying with us.  What had started as a 1 night stay became a 2 night stay as all flights in and out of … Continue reading

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Easy Brioche

 My friend Jane wanted to celebrate New Year (belatedly) with our friend Michael, she had a big tin of caviar and a bottle of champagne, all I needed to do was provide something to put the caviar on.  Traditionally my favorite … Continue reading

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Surviving the Holidays

My intentions were good.  Surely I would have some time to post something before Christmas day, right?  Apparently, not.  Tuesday our friends Keith and Harald arrived and I made the above menu. One day in between to prepare for the Christmas … Continue reading

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Lemon Almond Tart: The Bumpy Road to My First Julia Child Recipe

As a gesture of rebellion against tradition I present to you an elegant lemony fresh tart to make for the holidays instead of the usual Pumpkin pie (which I love) or Apple pie (ditto) it’s just that sometimes, as some … Continue reading

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DIY Crème Fraîche

I always think of Crème Fraîche as the thick, creamy, slightly sour, superior, french cousin to sour cream. I’d been told it was easy to make yet overtime I had a recipe for it I never had the time to make it. … Continue reading

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DIY Duck Confit, Cassoulet and Dinners at Home

 These days I feel like I cook more dinner parties than ever before in my life.  These dinners are also way more elaborate than the ones I used to give.  As someone who never went to cooking school I find … Continue reading

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Home Made Almond Extract – Without Almonds

 My friend Debby was making vodka infused Apricot kernels aka Noyau the last time I was at her apartment.  I thought it was going to be some kind of beverage, she was putting the kernel from apricot pits into vodka: … Continue reading

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