Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Ham, Spinach and Cheese; French kissing

The census-taker came to our house today. I've never been interviewed by a census-taker before. I've definitely not been interviewed by a census-taker in French before. She was a very nice young woman and she brought her darling little daughter with her. It's Wednesday, you see, and in France young children don't go to school … Continue reading…

Spicy, Savory Chicken Thighs; the dust from HELL

My local supermarket had cranberries yesterday. They looked a little long in the tooth – as if they’d been shipped from store to store, frantically looking for some one to buy them before they went totally toes-up. I declined. On principle, really. I mean, if you can’t get them on the shelves in a timely … Continue reading…

Greek Chicken on Orzo; Conversations

Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus? I don’t think so…. I think it’s more like: Men are from Pluto; Women are from Earth. How can a simple, straight-forward conversation go so awry? We weren’t discussing anything technical, esoteric or even the slightest bit complicated. It was about a rodent! First, the set-up: I … Continue reading…

Oven Fried Chicken; Banned Books; Weekly Menu

I remember watching the movie, Fahrenheit 451' and being both fascinated (all of those people memorizing books and repeating the words forever so they wouldn't be lost) and terrified (could the Powers That Be really take my beloved books away?) I have been an avid reader since I first learned how, and the thought that … Continue reading…

Coq au Vin; the Chocolate Connection

I have been making Coq au Vin for years.  It's always been a delicious family favorite but never quite achieved the same wonderful glossy, rich sauce of the bistro.  This was brought home once more the last time we were in Paris.  At  Chez René we had the best Coq au Vin ever created by … Continue reading…

Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Olives; it won’t be me…

The voting is in; the people have made their wishes known. FoodBuzz’s Project Food Blog Challenge #1 is over. And I didn’t make the cut. Which comes as no surprise. I didn’t spend the last 3 days tweeting or blogging for votes.  (Not my style.) I realized, when I wrote my post, that it was … Continue reading…