From the category archives:

farmers markets

Looking at France …from afar and from within.

March 5, 2014

This timeless scene- the Basque charcutier Pierre Oteiza and a table of French fans. I had thought I would write a post about my  trip to the Salon d’Agriculture in Paris last week. You could call it the largest Producer’s market in France. Then I read David’s great photographic account on his blog here; I bow to his alacrity […]

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Let’s talk about charcuterie and how to learn to make it

February 9, 2014

I am looking at four students at the end of four weeks and one happy French farmer/butcher/teacher. These are the faces of accomplishment and I am proud that we help get them there. Can you picture yourself here? Working with year-old XL pigs (400 lb.), only salt and black pepper as seasoning, and the simple […]

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Christmas Cookies revisited- I heart chickpeas, chocolate & duckfat

December 20, 2012

Christmas Cookie Shopping list: Chickpeas Duckfat Black Chocolate Armagnac This week a local newspaper reporter asked me what was a typical American Christmas Dinner tradition.  From this corner of my French kitchen, I stumbled over the usual suspects: roast turkey- the French do that, too;  ravioli- my Italian family’s contribution; there’s always eggnog- try explaining […]

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