Rerun: Baguettes et beurre vs Biscuits and bacon

I first wrote and published this post in April 2017. I was reminded of it when it was posted on Facebook by mon ami, Bertrand, on My Private Paris' page. Merci, Bertrand, Best Tour Guide Ever! And the recipe at the end for gougères is very apropos... I just finished all 5 of Laura Bradbury's …

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How a French teacher becomes l’assistante américaine to a French chef in Provence

As if the title isn't long enough... It's now been 10 years since The Sabbatical Chef was born. I am honestly afraid to read my first attempts at writing, but, well, here it is. My first post. I am a Southern girl and grew up around good food, but my mom and grandmother never used …

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126,662 steps/ 55.1 miles

These New Balance cross trainers were made for walking... And that's just what they did. For six full days in Paris. Wednesday with Ghislaine (21,017 steps, 9.3 miles). It's no wonder that I have a sore muscle (or something) around my left ankle. No blisters, though, I am happy to report. One sore toenail, but …

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Entre les Bras update

An article written by Adam Nossiter for the New York Times partially republished in this morning's Durham Herald-Sun immediately caught my attention. It is about French chef Jérôme Brochot, owner of Le France in Montceau-les-Mines, giving up his Michelin star. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/world/europe/france-chef-michelin-star.html This is practically unheard of. Those stars, however, drive up prices and bring a lot of …

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