Yogurt Cake Revisited

gateau marbre

I have a dinner coming up, and I want to make a delicious but simple cake for dessert.  I considered plenty of options and settled on an old favorite, Yogurt Cake.  This, as those of you who have read On Rue Tatin, is a cake I discovered one day at my son’s school during a […]

Last Minute Labor Day Menu

grilled pork chops

EEEK!  I almost forgot Labor Day! It’s my calendar’s fault; it is supposed to keep me informed of all holidays everywhere, but the “settings gremlin” flipped a switch and here I am, blissfully sipping coffee and nibbling a croissant and it’s almost Labor Day and I’ve been in the dark. I love blaming something like […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies, With a Difference

My daughter is coming home for spring break so the refrigerator and the cupboard need to be stocked, because wherever she is, a small crowd follows.  She loves chocolate chip cookies, because I know already that after the hugs and hellos, her eyes will wander to the cookie tin. These, however, aren’t just any chocolate […]

RENT ON RUE TATIN (AND A RECIPE)

  Rent On Rue Tatin – your new French country home! Another lovely group has just left On Rue Tatin with misty eyes as they recounted their adventures and said goodbye to the house and the garden.  They cooked, they visited, they grilled…it’s been an unseasonably warm and sunny time, and they took great advantage […]

A Night of Wine Tasting

Post tasting

There were seven red wines to taste last night, which might seem a daunting task to some. But not to the twelve people assembled at On Rue Tatin, the lion’s share of a group of friends that meets monthly for what is, each time, an extraordinary experience. Our wine guru is Hervé Lestage, oenologue and […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake from the Grill

  Baking a cake over the coals? Quelle idée. But pizza bakes perfectly over blazing charcoal, so why not biscuits, or rhubarb pie, or even a flourless chocolate cake? As any good French chef would do, I headed straight for the flourless chocolate cake, set it over the coals, closed the cover and held my breath.  When I […]

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 […]

Did We Have Fun?

Last night I conducted my first cooking class as part of my book tour for In a French Kitchen. The menu was chosen from the book; everyone “put their hands in the dough” and participated in creating a delicious meal.  Herewith, the class which was held in the Shapiro home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.   CHOCOLATE […]

Quick Apero

The book has landed!!! The book has landed!!! Naturally, this was news I couldn’t keep to myself so I called friends – all of them characters in the book – and invited them over for an apéro (or apéritif, shorthand for drinks before dinner).  It was time for concrete thanks to all of these people […]

Yogurt Cake Re-Visited

I have a dinner coming up, and I want to make a delicious but simple cake for dessert.  I considered plenty of options and settled on an old favorite, Yogurt Cake.  This, as those of you who have read On Rue Tatin, is a cake I discovered one day at my son’s school during a […]