Category Archives: Food and Wine

Chili Con Carne

Whenever I hear “chili con carne” I immediately picture a can of probably Hormel chili or a bowl of ketchup sweetened kidney beans on offer at a country diner.  Chili con carne originally meant Mexican spiced beans with meat, not … Continue reading

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Castelnaudary Cassoulet

The July-August issue of Saveurs magazine has an interesting article on the Midi and in particular the village of Castelnaudary, famous for it’s cassoulet recipe and the locally made Not terra cotta  “cassoule” it is cooked in. Unfortunately, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Chez le ‘Monger

We’ve been craving tarbouriech oysters but alas my fishmonger says it’s not the season and if you buy them now, they’re white and poisonous looking inside.  Bleah! In any case, although there’s no “r” in July, we booked an outdoor … Continue reading

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It’s Too Darn Hot

This annoying and persistent French heat wave is adversely affecting both our appetites and attitudes!  Normally summer weather in Sens consists of moderately warm days and not more than 3-4 days of beastly weather.  I believe we’re now in the 3rd … Continue reading

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Grilled Lamb with Fresh Beans

This is one of my favorite “I really can’t be bothered” ways to cook a leg of lamb and it’s perfection each time!  It makes me feel magical :D You just take a leg of lamb (New Zealand or whatever … Continue reading

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Bastille Day Celebration 2015

Sunday was M. Parret’s turn to host a celebration of his country’s national holiday, Bastille Day.  He wanted to have little French flags for his table like the American flags I had for July 4th but he searched all over town and … Continue reading

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Les Haricots Beurre

I love to see the haricots beurres(wax beans) in the market!  That means that fresh coco beans are not far behind.  In fact, I saw a handful of French canneberge (cranberry beans) in the supermarket but there wasn’t enough left … Continue reading

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