Foodie Advice

Frenchie Friday: A Dreamy Island or Ile Flottante

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Foodie Advice, Frenchie Fridays | 12 comments

It’s Frenchie Friday and Beth Fish’s #WeekendCooking and I’m dreaming about being on an island…of dessert. Something sinful, yet light. Something pretty and luscious. A dish that happens to be in my novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE. It’s beautiful, decadent, and you’ll want to get to making it RIGHT NOW. Just be forewarned–you’re going to wish you had a bathtub of sauce to swim in. Ingredients: For creme anglaise: 6 large egg yolks 2/3 cup sugar 1 1/2...

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Frenchie Friday: Meals by Class Aboard 1920’s Oceanliners

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Author Interviews, Foodie Advice, Frenchie Fridays | 10 comments

For Frenchie Friday and Beth Fish’s #WeekendCooking, Dana Gynther, author of CROSSING ON THE PARIS (Titanic meets Downton Abbey), talks about all that food aboard the oceanliner in her novel. Take it away, Dana! ONE OF THE DELIGHTS of writing “Crossing on the Paris,”  set on a French Line ocean liner in 1921, was imagining the passengers’ meals.  I confess, I spent far more time than was necessary researching antique steamer menus for sale on Ebay, from handwritten ones from the...

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A Trip to France, Bathed in Wine

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Foodie Advice, Frenchie Fridays | 13 comments

Okay, so I wish I were on a trip to France, bathed in wine. I’ve been so busy I can hardly see straight. A couple nights ago I thought: TO HELL WITH WORK! WALK AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER. TURN OFF YOUR PHONE. So I did, and I wound up at dinner (grilled salmon over mixed greens with goat cheese and poached pears–YUM) and a wine tasting with a couple of friends. It had been eons since I’d been to a tasting, and no other store around does it quite like Divine Wine Emporium on the...

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Spring Dreams of Arles

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Foodie Advice | 10 comments

On this cold snowy January day, I’m dreaming of the south of France in all of its colorful glory. A favorite town of mine is Arles, with its charming markets, the ancient Roman amphitheater used for bull-fighting, fragrant lavendar and sage packets, cerulean and gold tablecloths, the deep blue sky Van Gogh loved to paint. SIGH. What I would give to be there. But since I can’t and chances are neither can you, I leave you with a favorite winter provençale dish–Julia...

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Foodie Advice | 4 comments

Happy holidays to all! I, for one, plan on ending this difficult-stressful-AMAZING year in style. See you next year! (If the world doesn’t explode.) I’ll leave you with a toast! SANTA’S SLEIGH White sugar crystals, preferably coarse 2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 cup amaretto liqueur  1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 scoops vanilla ice cream 4 cinnamon sticks Directions: Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals. Combine...

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Holiday Deliciousness

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Foodie Advice | 7 comments

Ahh, we’re here–that time of year where you can eat as much fancy, rich food as you want without feeling guilty. Well, sort of. You may need to spend a couple of hours on the treadmill after eating any of these recipes. Enjoy some of my favorite dishes and Happy Holidays! COQ AU VIN Serves 4-6 3 strips of bacon, chopped       4 tab butter        2 1/2- 3 lbs chicken parts with bones 1/2 tsp salt         1/4 ts pepper          1/4 c cognac or brandy 3-4 c red wine  ...

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