Chantilly Cream

Have you heard the story about François Vatel, the butler at the castle of Chantilly who invented Chantilly cream? Allow me fill you in.. The castle owner, Louis II de Bourbon-Condé, invited his cousin (King Louis XIV) and his court to be his guests for several days back in 1671. Vatel was responsible for arranging... Continue Reading →

La Kouignette

If you follow my other blog, Fernweh Friday, you may recall the time that my life was dramatically changed by a new (to me) French pastry: kouign amann. When I returned to Paris several months later, I knew that I'd be shoveling several into my mouth during my week-long visit. Thankfully, I didn't have to... Continue Reading →


The weather forecast for this weekend was dismal. So when the rains tapered off yesterday and there was a tiny hint of sunshine, I threw on my coat, grabbed my wallet and headed out the door. I had no idea where I'd end up. I just needed to get out of the house. Perhaps because... Continue Reading →

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