Lentil Salads (Recipes)

It’s picnic time. That means I’m having fun making cold salads with fresh herbs and veggies from the local farmers’ market (or with whatever I have leftover in the fridge). This week, it’s been all about Puy lentils (French green lentils) and here are three tried-and-tested recipes. Why eat lentils? They’re fast and easy to […]

Baked Polenta with Roquefort Cheese (Recipe)

This week’s project was polenta. I hadn’t cooked cornmeal (semoule de maïs in French)in several years and didn’t remember it being so good. Last Tuesday, I bought some at the nearby health-food store and inadvertently made way too much of it. We ended up eating polenta in some form or another for three days straight. Fortunately, […]

Ratatouille (Recipe)

Even before moving to France, I began making ratatouille. For a while just out of college I worked with a young French woman from Provence. She had long blonde hair and wore tie-dyed skirts that nearly reached the ground. She’d only been in Santa Fe for a few months when we met and, like me, […]

Asian String Bean Salad (Recipe)

Twice a month the city of Boulogne-Billancourt, which lies just outside the Paris city limits, hosts an organic farmers’ market. Although you often find organic stands at many Paris-area markets, there are only a few that are fully dedicated to pesticide-free produce. The marché biologique in Boulogne-Billancourt takes place the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of […]

Mexican Rice (Recipe)

I had leftover Mexican rice for lunch the other day and, even though I didn’t heat it back up, it tasted pretty good.That got me thinking of a conversation I recently had with my sister and about the list that resulted from it. There are three kinds of foods : those that just taste so much […]

Organic Cucumber Apple Salad (Recipe)

I didn’t eat cucumber much before coming to France. Now it’s become a staple- and I usually have part of one hanging around somewhere in the fridge. After farmers’ market on Sunday, I came home with an especially nice-looking, organic one that I mixed into a refreshing salad. Since cucumber doesn’t have a very strong […]