Chocolate Eclairs (Recipe)

We were up until 2am this morning making (and eating) chocolate éclairs. No, it’s not the baby that keeps us up; it’s self-imposed French pastry projects. Well, I wasn’t actually doing the baking part. Making éclairs was Sébastien’s rainy Sunday project. I was just there to take photos, wash a few pots, help fill a […]

What’s a Gour Noir?

The best way to choose cheese at a cheese shop is to ask the fromager for advice. This is how I end up with new favorites all the time. Believe it or not, there are seasons for cheese, just like for fruit and vegetables. Recently, my cheesemonger recommended a Gour Noir. “It’s in season now,” […]

Savory Buckwheat Waffles (Recipe)

We ran out of white flour nearly a week ago and I’ve hardly noticed. I’m still on my buckwheat craze and am having way too much fun making pretty much everything, even waffles, out of it. I say “having way too much fun” because I’m not sure the level of indulgence in this recipe is […]

Happy May Day!

It’s “la fête du travail” in France. In the US, we don’t celebrate Labor Day until September, but here it’s the first in a happy series of “jours fériés” throughout the month of May. May 1st is a national holiday in most European countries, and there seems to be quite a lot of history surrounding […]