Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Ratatouille ............. do you like it? It's never been a favorite dish here at The Café. Why?......... The reason was summed up perfectly in a comment from a blogging friend in response to my last post where I shared a photo of both the beautiful raw ingredients used in Ratatouille and my version of the finished dish. I promised to share the recipe today, with a new twist that I learned at my recent French Cooking Boot Camp held at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The comment went like this ...........
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It's wonderful to be back home, sleeping in our comfy, familiar bed, cooking in my own little kitchen. We spent last week in New York where I studied French cooking at The Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park. My husband, Scott spent three days at a food photography and styling workshop in New York City.
After being cooped up all last week in the classroom, (not that I minded it one bit) it's also great to spend time outdoors, enjoy some fresh air and wear off some of the abundance of butter and cream that I consumed while studying French cooking. The cuisine of France is not exactly lean or light and of course, I HAD to sample everything! ;)
I took a long bike ride today on the greenway near our home. The sky was a clear, deep, Carolina blue (that's what we call it here - we think that's what God probably meant for it to be called), the air was fresh and cool and I was sailing along, mindful of the path before me, when something caught my eye. I looked up ahead of me and saw the most magnificent sight ...............
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The large wooden doors closed behind me as I left The Culinary Institute of America. Cool drops of rain pelted down from the gray skies, bouncing off my umbrella .......... the day seeming to mimic the way I felt walking through those doors for the final time this week. Though my brain was bursting with a plethora of new knowledge and inspiration, my heart was sad to know that this was the culmination of a wonderful adventure..............
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
HELLO out there!?!.......... Hello!!?.......... Is there anyone out there who can tell me how much French food I need to cook and/or eat before I start speaking the language fluently? I've been working hard, really, really hard ........... but it's just not happening........... at least not yet ...........
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
This image is not mine, but it depicts what I can't explain in words - the way I felt as I walked out of The Culinary Institute of America today after completing Day 1 of my week of French Cooking Boot Camp .........
Sunday, October 14, 2012
There's a mouse in the house. A big one. Are you afraid of mice? I used to be.
One night, eons ago, I came home from working the 3-11 p.m. shift at the hospital. The world was dark and still and quiet with everyone tucked away in their little beddie-byes. Except me. After being home just a short time I heard the baby begin to cry. I went to the kitchen to warm some milk. While reaching into the drawer beneath the oven for a pot (back then we didn't have microwaves .......... yeah, I know ......... I'm old ......... but I'm okay with that), something brown and soft and furry scampered right past my hand. I screamed (more than once) and jumped on top of the table (really!). The screaming not only woke my husband, but half the neighborhood too.
I'm much better now......only a little scared of mice.
But this one, this one is different. WAY different ............ Actually quite
Friday, October 12, 2012
Okay, okay, it's time for the reveal! We've been teasing you all week, posting French-inspired recipes here at The Café and sponsoring a guessing game with a giveaway for the Café follower with the closest "Why all the French recipes?" guess. You've been giving fabulously, fun, fabricated guesses, many of which I wish were true! No one hit the nail perfectly on the head, but there was one that came close, at least in a general sense.......... It went like this .........
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Bet you didn't know when you started following The Café, you'd be traveling all around the world! ......... well at least in a culinary sense, that is. Last week it was Tuscany and in the past 18 months, we've traveled to all sorts of fun and exotic destinations - Korea, Vietnam, Ireland, England and many more. For the next few days we'll be having epicurean adventures straight from the heart of France. You'll love each of these delightful seasonal recipes ............ oh, and there's more............... though you may have to wait till Friday to discover it, unless ...............