Filet Mignon with Shallot and Red Wine Reduction; Neat Meat

Filet Mignon with Shallot and Red Wine Reduction Revelation number 1: French butchers go through string as fast as French bureaucrats go through paper. It has long been accepted, at least by those of us who carry around thick folders stuffed full of numerous copies of document wherever we go, (aka: non-EU French residents) that … Continue reading…

Happy New Year! No resolutions here

Bonne Année       Bon Any Nou       Feliz Año Nuevo Felice Anno Nuovo            Hauoli Makahiki Hou Godt Nyttår            A Gut Yohr            Kali Chronia Happy New Year One and All!And may it bring you your heart's desire… Of course, that means you have to figure out what that is… Your heart's desire, … Continue reading…

Season’s Eating’s; the Recap… Sort of

Ahh, the holidays! That wonderful time of year when things get lost in the mail (I think); when obligations escalate to mountainous levels and the flu hits with a vengeance. Regardless, I will do a first run recap of all the great Season’s Eatings gift exchanges that have been posted, and attempt to track down … Continue reading…

Roast Capon with Port Sauce; Cooking Christmas Dinner

We ate well in Spain, but then, we always do. Our friend may live in a remote village in the mountains, with access much more geared to goats than cars, but there is never a shortage of good food. That could be the reason, of course.  One must be prepared to be snowed in… For … Continue reading…

Corned Beef and Cabbage…sans Corned Beef; Weekly Menu Planner

I haven’t seen corned beef since I left the U.S. Not here in France; certainly not in Andorra and not in Ireland. It’s a very traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish for the Irish and Irish-for-the-day in the U.S.  But, in Ireland, if they were making this type of dish (which would be considered poor food … Continue reading…

Skeletons in the Pantry, How to Set Goals, Resolutions

I leaned early on that my great motivator is not a desire for accolades but a fear of having to admit I failed.  Actual failure doesn't bother me in the least.  It's having other people know I failed that I can't abide. So, many years ago, back in the beginning of time, when I decided … Continue reading…

Yorkshire Pudding, Stuffing Pie and Fox Hunting

Go directly to recipe Fox Hunting is no longer legal in Britain. It is, of course, still perfectly legal to put on the pretty red jackets and go madly galloping across the countryside on horses, blowing horns. And, of course, it's still perfectly legal to bring your pack of dogs along for the exercise. It … Continue reading…