WANT the RAINBOW? WELCOME the RAIN.

Not for one moment do I begrudge water-deprived California a drop of moisture. After suffering through five years of drought, losing 102 million trees in its stricken forests, this state needed a miracle. Obviously Mother Nature heard the plea, tweeted Mt.Olympus and Zeus, the Greek god of clouds, rain, thunder and lightning answered the call…. 

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MONTEREY, STEINBECK & HUMPBACK WHALES

This week’s post, falling on March 17th, was shaping up so nicely. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a time even for Irish wannabes to make merry. Take advantage of this holiday to laugh and be spontaneously rambunctious. I dare you. Erin Go Bragh. Also worth sharing, my recent 5-day trip to Monterey, a coastal city… 

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ELOISE of THE PLAZA HOTEL & ME

As I walked to The Gant’s front office recently, I was followed by a young man and his son headed in the same direction. During that 3-4 minute walk, the little guy, probably 6, never stopped asking questions, one after another. Honestly, not one breath. How is that possible? At some point I glanced back,… 

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MY PARIS KITCHEN KISSES THE BLARNEY STONE

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY Gotta be honest. I’ve not a smidgen of blood – red cells, white cells, platelets, or plasma – that runs Irish. I’m pretty sure David Lebovitz, an American living in Paris and author of My Paris Kitchen, is not Irish either. This week, however, CookTheBookFridays, our international crew cooking its way… 

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HOPES, DREAMS & GOOD LUCK LENTILS

Last summer a good friend returned to Aspen after a week of sifting through, sorting and discarding boxes she’d left behind in her mother’s attic. “I had so many dreams and hopes back then,” she told me rather regretfully, “that I’ve never fulfilled.” Color me shocked. As she later acknowledged, her life is privileged and… 

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VIVE LA FRANCE: A TRIBUTE

Last Saturday evening I planned to have dinner with friends before leaving Aspen for the winter. Then, Friday the 13th happened. Paris was bloodied. France, bruised. The six of us, who had all experienced and enjoyed the City of Lights as well as the country itself, were shaken. After watching the events play out throughout… 

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LUSH-ICIOUS: CROQUE-FORESTIER & CHIPS

How do I adequately explain this week’s menu choices, Croque-Forestier and homemade Rosemary Potato Chips. That was more of a dilemma than turning Russet potatoes into crisps all gussied up with rosemary and flaky salt. Pete Wells, The New York Times food columnist, threw the appropriate descriptive words in my lap yesterday morning. In touting… 

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CCC: YOU CANNOT BEET THIS

By no stretch of the imagination would you call me a Vegetarian. My granddaughter, yes. Close friends, you bet. But, me, absolutely not. That’s why it’s surprising that lately Deborah Madison, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Yotam Ottolenghi and I have become best buddies. I’m in awe of these three cookbook authors whose recently published cookbooks make vegetables… 

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CCC: “HELLO, AUTUMN” PUMPKIN & RAISIN TEA LOAF

Here’s another delicious recipe from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg cookbook. I now have embraced this book of 200 inventive vegetable recipes as my own best idea. Truthfully, Andrea Mohr, a foodie in Bonn, Germany who blogs as The Kitchen Lioness, inspired me and others to join The Cottage Cooking Club and cook through this… 

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FRENCH FRIDAYS: CAKE SALÉ (It’s Cheesy)

French Fridays with Dorie, an international cooking group making its way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, has been in business since October 2010. While this week’s 4th Year Anniversary is cause for jubilation and a tip of the toque to all my colleagues, I must extend the deepest sympathy to my cookbook. As… 

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