Grilling Their Way Through FRENCH GRILL

The other day I received an email from Betsy Regnell, whom I met when she and her friend Eileen Doherty came to a class at On Rue Tatin, some many years ago.  Here is what it said: “Susan,  Eileen and I are working through FRENCH GRILL. We did the grilled bread with smashed tomatoes, the […]

Summer Grill Medley, Heavy on the Eggplant

eggplant

I know, all I write about these days is eggplant.  It’s the season. And besides I’m in love with eggplant.  It comes in the most gorgeous colors, it wears its fat, bottom heavy shape with pride and when grilled, it turns to seductive pudding.  How can this vegetable (which is technically a fruit) not be […]

A Perfect Early Summer Grill Menu

At the table

As I prepared for an early summer grill class last week I pinched myself.  Anyone who has written a cookbook knows just what I mean.  After months of testing, tweaking, writing, re-writing, testing some more, editing, copy editing, agonizing, dreaming, there’s a book.  And then there’s someone saying,  “Please, please teach us how to grill!” […]

Poulet Vallée d’Auge – Chicken with Calvados, Cider, and Apples

My son, Joe, is visiting from the U.S., spending  more time here than usual as he writes his senior thesis.  I’m enjoying watching him work, our conversations roiling around the vagaries of writing and inspiration, the beauty of fine sentences that all too often end up on the cutting room floor, born as they can […]

Some Tour Highlights

Books flew off the signing table at Bastille as guests (and author) enjoyed a lovely kir, then segued into Mushrooms with Chorizo from In a French Kitchen, and a beautiful meal prepared by chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux.  Everyone who attended was so happy, so filled with questions, so delighted with the moment!  A delicious […]

Simple Spring Dish

Rain pounds down outside; flowers and herbs are growing, but haltingly;  it’s the most tumultuous May I can remember in all my time in France.  Farmer’s tear out their hair at the cold night temperatures which stunt growth, yet they’re thankful for the rain after near-drought in early spring. So what about the produce? Well, […]

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