Big vats of choucroute perfume just about every farmers’ market in France. Gloriously fragrant, the cabbage bubbles away, surrounded by hillocks of sausages, smoked pork hock, bacon, and various other pig parts.  If you’re in the mood, you simply say “Choucroute pour quatre” or however many you may be, and the vendor packs […]

First Christmas Cookies

  Baking Christmas cookies is not a French tradition, unless of course one is from Alsace, where traditions are much more German than they are French, thus cookie-oriented. But baking Christmas cookies is clearly part of our tradition, and I just finished my first batch. Now, the kitchen is redolent of cinnamon, cloves, chocolate and toasted […]

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