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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FINANCIERS: TOO DELICIOUS TO FAIL

FINANCIERS: TOO DELICIOUS TO FAIL

If I had tried to orchestrate this week’s French Friday with Dorie recipe scenario, I could not have done better. From beginning to end, it was the perfect storm. Literally.   Today’s recipe is Financiers (fee-nahn-see-AY), tiny rich buttery cakes. created a century ago at a patisserie near the Bourse (the French Wall Street). These… 

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Filo-Fi-Fum: Crispy, Crackly Apple-Almond Tart

Filo-Fi-Fum: Crispy, Crackly Apple-Almond Tart

  Yep, today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe choice is a tart. To my thinking, however, there is nothing about this tasty dessert that looks tarty. As Dorie explained, “It’s so thin and crackly, you get to eat it out of hand.”  Have you ever met a tart that is “thin and crackly” ? What… 

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MOVING DAY: COLORADO BOUND…….

MOVING DAY: COLORADO BOUND.......

Aspen, Colorado A friend once commented to me, during a discussion of homes, square footage and rising construction costs, “I just admire and respect what people do with small spaces.” That friend is definitely going to ratchet up her respect and admiration for me. Last week I finally came to terms with 940 square feet…. 

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STONE SOUP, a FRENCH FRIDAYS WITH DORIE – version

STONE SOUP, a FRENCH FRIDAYS WITH DORIE - version

This week I am in Aspen, tying up the last-minute details on my condo’s re-model, in anticipation of Winter’s skiing rentals.  I’ve traded my apron for a tool belt and couldn’t join the other Dorista’s to make the past two weeks’ recipes, Spiced Squash, Fennel, and Pear Soup and Braised Cardamon-Curry Lamb. Sound delicious. Check-out… 

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You Can Go Home Again

You Can Go Home Again

For three weeks I’ve been in Colorado, my beloved state-of-choice for 16 years.  In 2004, we sold our Aspen home, shed most of our belongings, and moved to Nevada. I have only returned for a brief few days each year. Nothing is unique about my packing up our belongings and heading further West. According to… 

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