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Bite of History: Clementines and their origins

Bite of History: Clementines and their origins

A Brief history of Clementines Clementines are often confused with tangerines, what with their small size, and orange color – it’s an easy mistake. But they’re actually a cross between Seville Oranges and Tangerines. They were first introduced by Père Clément (hence Clementine) in 1902, […]

Napa Valley Food and Wine Mysteries

Napa Valley Food and Wine Mysteries

Nadia Gordon’s Napa Valley wine mysteries take the cozy to a level of sophistication not often found. The protagonist is Sunny McCoskey, a smart, savvy accomplished chef who owns Wildside, a small, gourmet cafe in the heart of California’s wine country. There are four novels […]

East Side Sushi, a Follow Your Food Dreams Movie

East Side Sushi, a Follow Your Food Dreams Movie

Knife skills…

East Side Sushi recently appeared on my television’s On Demand menu and although it was released in 2014 winning multiple awards, I’d never heard of it. I guess this is the beauty of the On Demand, Netflix, Amazon etc era – all kinds of TV and movie discoveries that you previously missed.

East Side Sushi is a feel good movie without the sap.

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Cake Decorating with Geraniums

Cake Decorating with Geraniums

A Genoise Cake…and Decorating with Geraniums Don’t do what I did! Okay, I love Geraniums, who doesn’t? So when I saw the pretty geranium petals mentioned and used in the Tartine* book, I was inspired. Also, yesterday I asked Elisabeth Prueitt (author) where to find […]

Food in the Louvre, Book Review

Food in the Louvre, Book Review

‘Food in the Louvre’ and other thoughts on food in art…. Food in the Louvre, by Paul Bocuse and Yves Pinard is a collection of food-related art that resides at The Louvre. I purchased this book because I love art, I love the Louvre, and […]

Chef’s Table Massimo Bottura Food Documentary

Chef’s Table Massimo Bottura Food Documentary

 Massimo Bottura’s Table

In 2012 two earthquakes hit the Emilia-Romagna region that caused wide-spread damage. This is the land of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and where the medieval Italian village of Modena sits. It’s also where famed chef Massimo Bottura and his three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana reside.

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Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

Whites, a tasty series now on Acorn TV

A busy kitchen, a country hotel…Whites Whites centers around the bustling kitchen of a grand country estate turned boutique hotel in the English countryside. The hotel’s star chef, Roland White, a once driven and brilliant man about kitchen, now spends most of his time dreaming […]

French Lessons

French Lessons

French Lessons I have a confession to make. I’m a Francophile. It started when my friend Kathy and I shared a crush on our 9th grade French teacher. His name was Monsieur Leiggs, and he had smooth blonde hair that swept across his forehead with […]

French Countryside Food and Wine Mysteries

French Countryside Food and Wine Mysteries

Mysteries set in the French Countryside

Food and Wine Mysteries…

Love wine? Love food? Love a peaceful, yet deadly, small village in France? Then pack your magnifying glass, corkscrew, and baguette and head off to your favorite traveling armchair for a series of Food and Wine Mysteries.

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Father Brown Mystery series and Mrs. McCarthy’s Strawberry Scones

Father Brown Mystery series and Mrs. McCarthy’s Strawberry Scones

Father Brown is a BBC television mystery series based on books by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams. It’s the 1950s, it’s in the English countryside, and it’s all about a progressive, mystery-solving Cathlic priest named Father Brown and his circle of parishioners, staff, and friends. […]

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Scottish Highland Vacation, Travel Walks

Magical Scotland Walking through an enchanted Scottish wood, such as this one in the Highlands, there are stories to be imagined. Medieval and magical themes come easily to mind, and the feeling of ‘other worldliness’ pervades. I took this photo on my trip through Great […]

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

A James Bond Breakfast & Vesper Cocktail

James Bond Breakfast according to Ian Fleming… “Then there were two thick slices of wholewheat toast, a large pat of deep yellow Jersey butter and three squat glass jars containing Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberry jam…” – Ian Fleming on James Bond Breakfast Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ […]

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

Julia Child’s French Omelette Recipe and The French Chef Series

The Perfect French Omelette according to Julia To go straight to Julia Child’s French Omelette recipe, proceed to end of post. If you’re of a certain age you may have watched Julia Child’s first television show, The French Chef when it originally aired back on […]

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook, a Review

National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook Review, along with a recipe for Devon Scones

From historic houses to castles, forests, mills, pubs, parks and ancient monuments, the National Trust works to preserves Great Britain’s heritage. As it happens they also put out cookbooks, quite a few of them judging from the list I found on Amazon. However, I was doing a search for English country cooking, and I came across their book entitled, The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook.

The National Trust's Victorian historical house, Knightshayes, in Devon
The National Trust’s Knightshayes, Devon. ©National Trust Images/William Shaw

It’s not a recent publication, but it is still available, and I would encourage you to seek it out. Especially those interested in both British dishes and the history behind them.

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Afternoon Tea with The Allis

Afternoon Tea with The Allis

Afternoon Tea at The Allis in Chicago You know I love Afternoon Tea…or maybe you don’t. Well, I do, and I am well on my way to sampling all that Chicago has to offer in the way of this pleasing between-meal repast. Let’s see…I’ve enjoyed […]