The Zen of Cooking

Walk as if you’re kissing the Earth with your feet. —Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Last month I read an article, The Zen of Cooking, in Eating Well magazine that resonated with me. The author, an overworked public interest lawyer, wrote about her experience at a five-day cooking and meditation retreat at a Zen Center in California. At first she… Read More

GALETTE DES ROIS

In celebration of Epiphany, at the beginning of the New Year French bakeries and pastry shops are filled with special pastries called les Galettes des Rois. After writing about the importance of family traditions, this new year I wanted to follow an interesting, adorable and beloved French tradition surrounding the Epiphany, a Catholic festival or day… Read More

Tomato, Zucchini and Leek Galette

Over the weekend, I made this gorgeous and simple dish. Layered on a bed of soft cheese, summer produce—ripe tomatoes, zucchini and leeks are seasoned with salt and pepper and deliver a taste like summer. As fall does not officially begin until September 22nd, I thought I’d share this dish which lets the true mettle… Read More

Ratatouille Spirals

I love cooking, but what’s even more fun is cooking together with a friend who loves to cook just as much as I do. Last week a friend of mine who is an excellent cook, baker and hostess suggested we prepare a dish together. She shared a lovely recipe for ratatouille spirals and within seconds… Read More

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

Two old Bachelors were living in one house; One caught a Muffin, the other caught a Mouse.  —Edward Lear Families across Europe and North America celebrate the arrival of warm weather with berry-picking expeditions. First luscious strawberries, then dusky blueberries, and finally fragile raspberries and plump blackberries later in season. Sprinkled whole over ice cream… Read More

La Cucina Profumata

It was a cuisine made of labor and patience and the love of aromatic herbs. It was a cuisine of lean folk who lived on lean land—sea cliffs and terraces hewn by hand from solid stone—and lean olive trees. — Vittorio G. Rossi, nostalgic of his native Ligurian cuisine Before traveling to Liguria, I was… Read More