Book of the Month, Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Getting a little inspiration from some of my favorite cookbooks!

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Well,  let me tell you, things have been heating up plenty in my kitchen lately.

As some of you may know, I completed a successful Kickstarter Campaign back in May.  I’ve now been working on the business and more importantly the incentives for all the fine folks that contributed.  One of  these items is a collection of recipes by made by laura lee.

A cookbook!  Yes!  This will be so fun!  I thought to myself.  Well…. I think I underestimated how much work would go into this bad boy.  Wowzah!  I’m still compiling a thoughtful introduction, testing and getting pictures of every recipe, etc.  Putting together a cookbook is a full time job.  My hat is off to some of my culinary creatives that have already put one out.  I appreciate all the help and pointers that I’ve received along the way.

For those of you that are waiting patiently, thank you.  Please know it’s a work in progress.

I know for cookbooks that I purchase, I love pictures!  I want a picture for every recipe!  Obviously, I rely heavy on the visual side, but is there something you like in a cookbook? What is ideal for you?Let me know, I’ll see what I can incorporate just for you.

Thanks again, ya’ll!


Making Memories Across the Sea

IMG_0052I am the luckiest girl in the world.  I have returned home from a gastronomic pilgrimage in France.  I am jet lagged and ten pounds heavier, but let me say it was worth every ounce. Working at a culinary school definitely has its perks, especially at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.  Once or twice a year the company sends over a small group of students and employees to France to see the Escoffier Museum and, of course, EAT!  Words cannot express how grateful I am that I was able to go on this trip.  IMG_0291

In a nutshell, it was 5 days of non stop eating and drinking.  Our tour guide, Chef Michel Bouit of Michel Bouit International, was a spunky Frenchman who knew the South of France better than the back of his hand. We explored wineries, olive oil producers (which was a tiny old farm house), confiseries, patiseries, farmers markets, the Escoffier Museum, and I even got to stick my toes in the Mediteranean.

After our time in Nice, we took a fast train to Paris, which I admittedly most of the way due to 2 bottles of wine the night before. The country side was picture perfect like something from an old painting.  In Paris, the wining didn’t stop and certainly didn’t slow down.  Between nibbles, I got to see the Eiffel Tower, the outside of the Louvre (the line to get in was a quarter mile long!), the oldest department store in Paris, one of the first kitchen supply stores, and explore the local night life. IMG_0065

I truly believe that part of my heart is still across the Atlantic. I don’t think it is yearning to come back to the States any time soon, if ever, but I can hear it calling for my return to France.  Some day…



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