Monthly Archives: August 2013

Spinach

Both our children are big vegetable lovers, but spinach has never been high on their list of favorites.  They’d eat it, but with little enthusiasm.   In fact, they both said that if they had to eat spinach, they would … Continue reading

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Les Cocos de Paimpol

The very first time I had fresh beans was at Camerahols http://camerahols.com/ where I took a photography course with Roger Stowell http://stowell.wordpress.com/.  Roger had made a clear soup with herbs and white coco beans, les mogettes,  from the Vendee region of … Continue reading

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August 15th Chez Parret

Yesterday, August 15th, the Assumption of Mary to Heaven, was a public holiday in France. I like it that they feel no constraints about recognizing their Christian heritage.  Unlike us now a days in the U.S. who whisper the word … Continue reading

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On Mange des Fruits

So many good things in the market these days, and many we haven’t tried yet.  We’ve tried red currants before and pretty much just use them for decoration.  But this is the first time we’ve seen the peach colored and … Continue reading

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Traditional, Traiteur Flavored French Ribs

After Sunday’s Roman-like, bacchanalian, all day event, Jade and I were still reeling and not really hungry today.  We decided to buy a fresh baguette, warm the enriched, leftover soup broth and call it dining. On the way to get … Continue reading

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Antonio Carluccio’s Fish Soup

Part I – Sunday Chez Parret Before I went to the U.S., I was renewing my love affair with Jamie Oliver’s magazine and was especially dazzled by one of his featured chefs, Gennaro Contaldo https://cookinginsens.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/doing-jamie-gennaro-contaldos-italian-rack-of-lamb/. The Dog from Mad Dog … Continue reading

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Like Butter!

Yesterday, while waiting for the poultry man to cut up my chicken, I saw that he had some very nice fresh veal liver.  Since my husband’s in Stuttgart, I  requested a few slices.  I made a creamy mustard sauce to … Continue reading

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Too Old to Travel

My first time overseas was in Haiti and I was “brand new”, 24 years old.  Everything was so exciting and interesting; babies on the back,  trays of fruit balanced on heads, a different culture and language.  You could say I was … Continue reading

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Of Lumberjacks, Gluttony and Rampant Excess

I’m back in Germany but will be leaving in a few days for France.  Hallelujah!  By the end of any vacation we spend in the States we are totally worn out from eating and drinking to excess; just ready to … Continue reading

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