Monthly Archives: July 2011


Ireland.  What can I say?  It was stunningly gorgeous, the weather was perfect and the food was outstanding.  I might venture to say that the food, at least in my opinion, is better in Ireland than in France.  Did I … Continue reading

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Provence in Tuscany

I’m heading off to chilly Ireland tomorrow with my dad for a family reunion and general wanderings around the Emerald Isle.  Temperatures appear to be in the 60’s!  I’m thrilled.  I’ll take a bit of a chill over stinkin’ hot anytime.  … Continue reading

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Warm Tuna and Potato Salad

Joanne Harris’ My French Kitchen (co-written by Fran Warde) is meant to be a supplement to her novels set in France, among the most famous, Chocolat, and the more stirring, Five Quarters of the Orange.  While I have enjoyed reading these novels … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Salad

I’m the salad girl in my family.  Each holiday I try to contribute some tasty concoction with greens, nuts, a fruit and some sort of cheese.  This stems from the fact that I really don’t like the typical “dinner salad”–lettuce, … Continue reading

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Delinda’s Artichoke Dip

Delinda, my cousin Andy’s wife, is the self-proclaimed “Queen of Appetizers” so it goes without saying that her cheesy, gooey artichoke dip is worthy of a post all its own.  Though I’ve never actually made this one, I’ve eaten it many a time … Continue reading

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Madeleines for Madelyn

  You are going to need a Madeleine pan for this one.  There’s no way around it.  It’s kind of like a seashell-shaped muffin pan.  I got mine at Cutler’s in Petoskey, which is a kitchen store and, for me, a little … Continue reading

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