Olive Cake

In the fall of 2015, my husband and I spent a lovely vacation in the Provençal countryside with our friend Stéphane Gabart. If you’re not familiar with him, you should be. He’s a professional culinary guide, chef and photographer. View his inspiring work at his website Stéphane Gabart. Before this trip I’d already visited him

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Soups de Lentilles

In 2014, my daughter and I visited Stéphane Gabart of the My French Heaven blog. I’ve sung his praises many times before on this blog as the result of now three visits to him in his French heaven. His expertise, of course, are food and wine, but because visits are customized to your interests, he

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Socca

When I travel, I like to try local specialties. It’s just part of the fun of eating and drinking in other countries. But learning about different foods and experiencing them is also a huge part of becoming a better cook. I’ve had haggis in Scotland (a bit bland), banana beer in Rwanda (terrible), conch in

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Persillade

Parsley in French is persil, so it’s not surprising that persillade is a parsley sauce, combining the freshness of parsley, with butter, garlic, and lemon. It is also called Sauce Persil. Personally, I love all of the green sauces, like pesto, gremolata, and chimichurri, so I knew I’d love persillade. I was inspired to make

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French Markets

I don’t profess to be an expert on markets in France. In fact, I’m not at all. In the past, when I visited my family as a child, I don’t remember markets. I do remember walking to shops with my grandmother in her village, getting milk, then cheese, then meat, and so forth. I don’t

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Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

The translation for non, je ne regrette rien, which is a French song title, is essentially, “I regret nothing.” Made famous by Edith Piaf, the song came to mind when I was discussing the matter of recently “eating” my way through France. Food is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Of course, my highest

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Roast Chicken with Olives

There’s nothing more comforting to me than nibbling on a just-out-of-the-oven roasted chicken. Maybe it’s the aroma, but then, once it’s cut open, it’s the chicken’s juiciness that pleases me. When I was in France recently, visiting Stéphane from the blog My French Heaven, he made my girlfriend and I a roasted chicken dish that

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Je ne sais quoi

I’m sure you’ve heard the French expression “je ne sais quoi,” that something you just can’t put your finger on, that something not easily described. That is the country of France to me – my favorite European country. Experiencing French culture requires an open-mind and adventurous spirit. And if you need help to embrace everything

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French Heaven

As many of you know, especially those who have seen the photos of beautiful French food that I’ve been posting, my daughter and I flew to Bordeaux to spend four days with Stéphane. He is the author of My French Heaven, his blog, and Your French Heaven, his business. As soon as he picked us

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