Salade Niçoise Authentique

Salade Niçoise, how we all love this blend of potatoes, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, anchovies, tuna and…WAIT !!! STOP!!! Do not EVER tell any self-respecting Niçoise that you like your Salade Niçoise with potatoes, green beans, lettuce, or tuna and anchovies at the same time. This will make you an outcast and possibly consider you a […]

Bringing France to Maine in August

COOKING IN MAINE

Just like all the French, I’m travelling in August, to Maine.  And I’m hoping you’ll join me there!  I’m offering two days of cooking classes in a lovely home overlooking the water, and there are just a few spots left so sign up now! Why Northport, Maine?  I have history there. I moved to Northport from […]

A Thousand Years of Apricots (Put them on the Grill)

apricots

I plucked a small, red-freckled apricot off the tree, looking furtively around as I did so.. I’d been gazing at these apricots for days,  watching them turn gradually from greenish orange to orangish red.  We’d been debating, my friends and I, whether they were ready and the answer was non, non, non.  But when no […]

Truth in a Tomato

What a week. My eldest, Joseph, was home briefly to accompany my youngest, Fiona, to college. There was packing, unpacking, parties, hellos, goodbyes, car trips and ocean swims. Amidst it all, I was feeding everyone. One night I set a plate of tomatoes on the table, dressed simply, with finely sliced shallots, extra-virgin olive oil, […]

Miche’s Two Ingredient French Apricot Jam – ’tis the Season

Evreux, June 3, 2017 – Miche lived to be 101 years old.  Right up until she left us she was talking about her amazing two-ingredient apricot jam, among other things, and the tricks she used to make it. She also wanted to point out the bird on the steeple outside her window and remind a visitor […]

Fig Crostata

I’ll be including plenty of gorgeous Italian recipes in classes this fall, and one of them is inspired by the air in this high spot of Tuscany, part of the Apuan alps, which smells like dessert. Walking along the lanes, climbing the trails, even cycling to the beach with cars whizzing by, the amber aroma of […]

Roasted Figs to Basil

This is the best season for cooking, when autumn isn’t quite here and summer produce is still juicy, ripe, full of flavor and color.  For my first class in Louviers since returning from the U.S. (and with fond memories of corn on the cob, grilled lamb, tomatoes galore, and oh so many cocktails!), we’ve had […]