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Quiche is synonymous with Spring and Summer eating.  This Quiche Maraîchère is actually the second quiche I’ve made in a week. The weather is finally turning warmer and thoughts of lighter fare with fresh vegetables and greens are quickly replacing the heavy sauces and meat and potato laden stews that were sustaining through this extremely long, […]

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Visitandine – French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee April 6, 2014

This week for French Friday’s with Dorie we made a Visitandine cake. A Visitandine cake is a delightful short crumb cake that is probably the precursor to the shortbread cakes we eat today and it’s quite similar to financiers, though not quite as spongy. This very simple cake originated in the convent of a community of […]

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Vegetable Barley Soup with the Taste of Little India

by Renee March 31, 2014

Vegetable Barley Soup is one of my favorites. Of course I also love Beef and Barley soup or Barley and Mushroom soup  too.  However,  I’ve never thought to venture far from the traditional preparation.  Now we’ve gone a bit wild and are combining some of my favorite flavors together for a hearty, spicy and curry […]

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Catching Up with French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee March 23, 2014

I’ve cooked along with French Fridays with Dorie each week, but am finally getting around to posting the past two week’s creations- Sausage-Stuffed Cornish Hens and Two Tartines from la Croix Rouge. Of the two, the tartines were my favorite. The two tartines are essentially non- recipes- my favorite kind of recipes- easy, simple and […]

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Garbure From the Supermarket – French Friday’s with Dorie

by Renee March 2, 2014

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Bagatelle – NYC Bloggers Night Out

by Renee February 26, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to dine at Bagatelle, NYC, located on Little West 12th Street in the West Village of Manhattan.  Bagatelle is primarily known for their brunch and for their club like atmosphere, but it’s actually a great place to enjoy some modern French cuisine, while a live DJ spins some dance tunes. Chef […]

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Butter and Rum Crepes…Fancy and Plain- French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee February 22, 2014

Perhaps we can make Spring come a little sooner if we just add some brightness to our lives.  It’s time to come out of hibernation. I am so over winter and ready for some lighter and brighter fare. I am craving sunshine and the fresh flavors of home grown produce, citrus fruits and fresh berries. Butter and […]

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Helene’s All White Salad – French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee February 14, 2014

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe,  Helene’s All White Salad, seemed quite apropos for the whiteout we’ve been having here in the Northeast. With several feet of white snow falling, it’s quite a winter wonderland. It blends perfectly with background.  Which is to say, it’s also a little on the bland side.  I love […]

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Boeuf a la Ficelle (Beef on a String) – French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee February 8, 2014

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe is a bit extravagant. Dorie says Boeuf a la Ficelle is her choice for New Year’s Eve dinners. I would have to agree- it’s quite elegant and celebration worthy. Which is perfect as I am celebrating taking a new job. I’ve been home with my little people for nearly […]

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Driscoll’s Berry Giveaway and Valentine’s Day Are A Perfect Match!

by Renee February 4, 2014

With just ten days until Valentine’s Day, now is the perfect time to start planning that special dessert that will wow your love interest. I just happen to have such a dessert to share with you!  This  incredibly easy, but delightfully decadent Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart actually won a #MADEWITHLOVE contest from Driscoll’s berries and is […]

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Paris Brest- French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee February 2, 2014

They say in bicycling, that when you fall off your bike, you get back on and ride again. That’s exactly what I did this week with this Paris Brest for French Fridays with Dorie. Hence, my Friday post became a Saturday post! This circular pastry was created in 1891 to commemorate the  Paris–Brest bicycle race. Its […]

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Moules Mariniere or Fisherman’s Mussels – French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee January 24, 2014

Last Spring while travelling in England on the drive up to Cley Next the Sea, my friend Michael and I had stopped for lunch at the White Horse Inn  in the tiny village of Brancaster Staithe. This inn has gorgeous views across tidal marshes and sandy beaches and their food and locally brewed Oyster Catcher […]

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Bobby Burns Cocktail for Burns Night

by Renee January 23, 2014

In lieu of haggis, I am celebrating Burns Night with a Bobby Burns Cocktail. This deep rich, slightly sweet tipple boasts a light spicy edge and while I don’t think it’s actually named for Robert Burns (no one knows for sure), it’s a far better option for the “offally” offended. Robert Burns, poet and lyricist, […]

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Mac and Cheese Chile Rellenos Recipe from Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook

by Renee January 23, 2014

Dan Whalen, dubbed the mad scientist of all things comfort food and the man behind the wildly popular blog, The Food In My Beard ,released his debut book, Stuffed: The Ultimate Comfort Food Cookbook this month.  It is unlike any comfort food recipe collection I have come across.  This book features recipes for pumped up […]

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Christine’s Simple Party Soups – French Fridays with Dorie

by Renee January 17, 2014

Even though this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was for a trio of soups, Broccoli, Asparagus and Red Pepper, they were all extremely quick and easy to make- stock (or bouillon cube) based with the vegetables pureed with an immersion blender. Super simple! Just as the name implies.  Because I didn’t need a quart […]

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