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#1 on the Top Ten Paris List

Posted by on May 17, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

#1 on the Top Ten Paris List

Paris, France The #1 experience on our Top Ten Paris list is the Eiffel Tower. From the moment we saw it, the magic of Paris became our dream come true. Equally dreamy was our café dinner, prepared from impeccably fresh ingredients using simple techniques. Below are our recipes for the simplest sauces: compound butters. How French!   Mapping the Day Were we dreaming? It seemed we had just left our California home. Now we were gazing at the Paris skyline from the highest point of the Eiffel Tower. It is a moment that we will never...

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Top Ten Paris

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Top Ten Paris

Paris, France What would be on your Top Ten List in Paris?  It was difficult to hone ten fabulous days into a compact list, but here it is.  Then enjoy a simple pairing of peppers and manchego cheese, which is an outstanding appetizer that is easy to prepare.  Keep the ingredients in your pantry and freezer for impromptu entertaining.     MAPPING THE DAY Ten days in Paris elasped so quickly.  Each day was filled with sightseeing, walking and of course, extraordinary dining.  Our strategy to stay in one hotel for the entire visit...

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City Dogs and More Small Plates

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in France: Paris, USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 4 comments

City Dogs and More Small Plates

Paris, France and Mission Viejo, California, USA Paris boasts many small plates restaurants that inspired our recipe for Chupe below.  We were also inspired by City Dogs who even dine in restaurants in Paris.  For a casual meal with your beloved pups by your side, make this easy soup recipe and pair it with our Roasted Hazelnut and Chopped Romaine Salad.  Add a little French bread on the side.     Mapping the Day City dogs in Paris mind their manners. How French! Many are so very well trained that they walk right along side their...

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Small is Big in Paris

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Small is Big in Paris

Paris, France Small is big in Paris.  Small children take on the vast art collection of the Louvre.  Small restaurant spaces are artfully filled with the smallest of tables to maximize capacity.  Small plates menus are meant to be shared for a casual meal and creative mix of flavors.     MAPPING THE DAY Dwarfed only by the size and numbers of great works around them, school-aged children in Paris reach heights of art appreciation at a very young age. Worksheets in hand, they view the masterpieces. Imagine the opportunity they...

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Passion for the French Way

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in France: The Loire Valley | 0 comments

Passion for the French Way

The Loire Valley, France In the wine country south of Paris, we tasted the beauty of French wine and cheese.  Speciality stores in our area, as well as online sources, make is fairly easy to acquire French products.  We often re-live our glorious time there by pairing a few simple ingredients in the French way.       MAPPING THE DAY A RoadTrip to the wine country south of Paris was exactly what we needed after a week in the city.  Our tour guide JB, who is the owner of Paris Wine Day Tours, picked us up very early in the morning...

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Time-Honored Ways in Paris

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in France: Paris | 0 comments

Time-Honored Ways in Paris

Paris, France Charming ways of doing things, passed down from one generation to another, give Paris unique character to observe, enjoy and sometimes adopt.  Our day in Paris was filled with observation of time-honored traditions.  It reinforced the value of always using the freshest of ingredients and employing simple cooking techniques.  Our versions of two time-honored French side dishes are featured below. MAPPING THE DAY On this afternoon in Paris, we were in search of the famous culinary supply store E. Dehillerin Materil De...

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Steps to a Parisian Diet

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in France: Paris | 1 comment

Steps to a Parisian Diet

Paris, France Walking and steps are a Parisian way of life.  It is a way of life that we gladly adopted as it cleared the way to a bountiful Parisian diet.  Our recipe for Croque Madame, an open-faced ham and cheese sandwich topped with an egg, is featured below.  We blissfully ate it in Paris with no guilt after our many steps to find it in a Montmartre cafe.  It will make a wonderful Sunday brunch entree to celebrate this weekend. MAPPING THE DAY Each morning at about 11 a.m, after a light “petite dejeuner” (breakfast) in...

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Peanutty Menu for MLB Opening Day Party

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in USA: California - SoCal | 0 comments

Peanutty Menu for MLB Opening Day Party

Southern California We are on our way home from Paris as we speak.  But when we return home, we are planning an opening day menu to celebrate our favorite major league baseball team and hopes for a winning season.  Peanuts are the theme and you will find them in every dish.  So let’s celebrate and PLAY BALL!   Peanutty Opening Day Party Menu Vegetable and Peanut Spring Rolls with Asian Dipping Sauce Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce Kathee’s Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Kettle Corn and Peanuts (recipe below)    ...

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Hometown Recipe is a Home Run

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in USA: Texas - Fort Worth | 0 comments

Hometown Recipe is a Home Run

Fort Worth, Texas This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is a home run.  It is the featured entree for our Peanutty MLB Opening Day party menu.  Pair it with our other peanutty dishes for a baseball party your guests will never forget.     Peanutty Opening Day Party Menu Vegetable and Peanut Spring Rolls with Asian Dipping Sauce Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce Kathee’s Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Kettle Corn and Peanuts (recipe to be posted next week)     Mapping the Day Our son and daughter-in-law have learned the art of...

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Easy Technique for Party Perfect Presentation

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in USA: RoadTripFlavors Kitchen | 0 comments

Easy Technique for Party Perfect Presentation

Mission Viejo, California Continuing with our MLB Opening Day party planning, Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce is featured. An easy technique ensures the presentation is party perfect. When your guests arrive, set your appetizer table with Fresh Spring Rolls, Chicken Satay and a bowl full of peanuts in the shell. It all says: “Yippee, baseball season is here!”   Mapping the Day The pupu appetizer at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants  years ago served Chicken Satay right. Marinated, skewered and pre-cooked...

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