Sautéed Pork Tenderloin; O’Brian Potatoes

Do you ever lose the will to cook? Not to eat, but to cook? It happens to me, occasionally….  with the change of seasons. I think the problem is that the seasons never quite manage to change fast enough to suit me. I'm perfectly content with winter and winter cooking until that first warm, spring-like … Continue reading…

Braised Pork Loin with Red Wine and Olives; the Update

Mon mari managed to get a little work done without me here to supervise…. Although most of it is not photo worthy. More to the point, I’m not going into the cellar with my camera to take pictures of the plumbing he had to do to hook up two more radiators.  It has a low … Continue reading…

Sliced Ham with Red-Eye Gravy; Cook book give-away!

There is snow in the south of France. I live more in the middle of France – there’s snow here, too. The weather turned cold last week and winter seems most reluctant to loosen it’s grip. One should not be able to marvel at the sight of snow on daffodils. So, there is no house … Continue reading…

Pork Chops with Tomato and Sage; Heat, Glorious Heat!

We have heat in our house. Oh, happy day! We've had our wood stove, which does a wonderful job of heating the kitchen, since last winter. There was a boiler in the house when we bought it, but we assumed it was old and decrepit. We were wrong. When the guy cleaned our chimneys this … Continue reading…

Pork Tenderloin with Brussels Sprouts; the Weekly Menu

Pork Tenderloin with Brussels Sprouts I had the most astonishing thing happen yesterday morning…. The phone rang, which, in itself, is a rare occurrence. I answered and was told to wait on the line for someone. At least, I think that's what I was told.  One can hardly ask a recorded message to repeat itself.  … Continue reading…

Braised Pork with Leek Sauce; The Stove is Coming!!!

Braised Pork with Leeks Exciting news…. Well, at least, for us. Our stove (as in wood-burning, heat-providing, cast iron stove) is coming soon! We're ready for it!  It will sit on the unfinished terre cotta tiles.  Mon mari did a concrete base, then laid the tiles.  The original fireplace was just cut out of the … Continue reading…