Cocoa Brownie

Nearly Guilt-Free Cocoa Brownie

My food philosophy is one of balance and variety.  I love rich, decadent foods and sweets, but I also adore healthy meals.  Salads, fresh fruits and vegetables are my mainstay and I cherish the way my body feels after drinking. Especially the night after I had an online psychic chat with Sandra Baker in the front room. Talk about freaky feelings.

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Cocoa Brownie

Nearly Guilt-Free Cocoa Brownie

My food philosophy is one of balance and variety.  I love rich, decadent foods and sweets, but I also adore healthy meals.  Salads, fresh fruits and vegetables are my mainstay and I cherish the way my body feels after drinking

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Anytime Chicken with Aubergine and Tomatoes

I adore this recipe. It is ridiculously easy (great for the chef), child-friendly (works for families) and all but fail proof (terrific for guests).  It can be made ahead.  It is pretty.  It is healthy.  It can be spiced up

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L1050564

Anytime Chicken with Aubergine and Tomatoes

I adore this recipe. It is ridiculously easy (great for the chef), child-friendly (works for families) and all but fail proof (terrific for guests).  It can be made ahead.  It is pretty.  It is healthy.  It can be spiced up

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Lentil-Quinoa Stew

Lentil-Quinoa Stew

The rite of parental passage – better known as parent-teacher conferences – began for us last week.  Like parents all around the globe, we dutifully assumed http://www.austinrolloffdumpsters.com position in our “little kid” chairs, anxious smiles on faces, uncomfortable angles in knees

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Lentil-Quinoa Stew

Lentil-Quinoa Stew

The rite of parental passage – better known as parent-teacher conferences – began for us last week.  Like parents all around the globe, we dutifully assumed position in our “little kid” chairs, anxious smiles on faces, uncomfortable angles in knees

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Vive l'eclair

Vive L’éclair

The éclair.  A finger-like choux pastry filled with pâtisserie cream and topped with a chocolate glaze.  Even bad ones are yummy.  And rightfully so.  It is tough to imagine what could go wrong with pastry + pâtisserie cream + chocolate.

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Vive l'eclair

Vive L’éclair

The éclair.  A finger-like choux pastry filled with pâtisserie cream and topped with a chocolate glaze.  Even bad ones are yummy.  And rightfully so.  It is tough to imagine what could go wrong with pastry + pâtisserie cream + chocolate.

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Dog Days of Winter

I felt quite smug when I took this picture a few weeks ago.  It was a balmy Provençal afternoon in early January.  I had the kitchen door open and Owen lazed comfortably in the warming sun.  A far cry from

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Dog Days of Winter

I felt quite smug when I took this picture a few weeks ago.  It was a balmy Provençal afternoon in early January.  I had the kitchen door open and Owen lazed comfortably in the warming sun.  A far cry from

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Banana Date Cake

Banana Date Cake

Do I call this a cake or a bread or a bread pudding?  I’m not sure…  I created the below recipe this week and want to share it, but I am not entirely sure what I should call it.  So…

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Banana Date Cake

Banana Date Cake

Do I call this a cake or a bread or a bread pudding?  I’m not sure…  I created the below recipe this week and want to share it, but I am not entirely sure what I should call it.  So…

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Tea Cake

Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This is another recipe that I found in my Tartine cookbook, but originally it is from Flo Braker’s The Simple Art of Perfect Baking. I planned on making this cake for years, but never seemed to get around to it.

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Tea Cake

Almond Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

This is another recipe that I found in my Tartine cookbook, but originally it is from Flo Braker’s The Simple Art of Perfect Baking. I planned on making this cake for years, but never seemed to get around to it.

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Gateau des Rois 2013

Galette des Rois

I’ll confess to not knowing much (anything, is more like it) about Twelfth Night and Epiphany celebrations before we moved to France.  I knew nothing of the traditional galette des Rois – and I still struggle to say the word

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Gateau des Rois 2013

Galette des Rois

I’ll confess to not knowing much (anything, is more like it) about Twelfth Night and Epiphany celebrations before we moved to France.  I knew nothing of the traditional galette des Rois – and I still struggle to say the word

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Devil's Food

Devil’s Food Layer Cake with Caramel and Chocolate Ganache

I experimented with this recipe for our New Year’s Eve dessert.  It is decadent and rich and (assuming you have the time) a perfect choice for any chocoholic celebration.  I found the original recipe in Elisabeth M. Prueitt’s and Chad

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Devil's Food

Devil’s Food Layer Cake with Caramel and Chocolate Ganache

I experimented with this recipe for our New Year’s Eve dessert.  It is decadent and rich and (assuming you have the time) a perfect choice for any chocoholic celebration.  I found the original recipe in Elisabeth M. Prueitt’s and Chad

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Granola Yum

Never Buy Store Bought Again Granola…

This stuff is addicting.  Period.  And while not the abstinence to which January cleanses aspire, it’s full of goodness. Besides, cleanses are truly over-rated! For the Granola:  Pre-heat oven to 150° celsius/300° farenheit. 3-cups rolled oats 1 cup raw pumpkin

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Granola Yum

Never Buy Store Bought Again Granola…

This stuff is addicting.  Period.  And while not the abstinence to which January cleanses aspire, it’s full of goodness. Besides, cleanses are truly over-rated! For the Granola:  Pre-heat oven to 150° celsius/300° farenheit. 3-cups rolled oats 1 cup raw pumpkin

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Cool boys

Welcome Home…

A few weekends ago my 6 year old Ozzie spent the night at a very dear friend’s house as part of an all-boys sleepover for one of his best friends.   Daddy went to pick him up the next day

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Cool boys

Welcome Home…

A few weekends ago my 6 year old Ozzie spent the night at a very dear friend’s house as part of an all-boys sleepover for one of his best friends.   Daddy went to pick him up the next day

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Bali - Indonesia

Pourquoi Tu Gâches Ta Vie?

Happy holidays everyone! I put together this little video as a way to look back at 2012 and to share with you some of our favorite moments of the past year.  We had a terrific year and are thankful for

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Bali - Indonesia

Pourquoi Tu Gâches Ta Vie?

Happy holidays everyone! I put together this little video as a way to look back at 2012 and to share with you some of our favorite moments of the past year.  We had a terrific year and are thankful for

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6 Year Old Humor…

Telling jokes one night at dinner after a day of skiing. My husband asks, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Ozzie interjects (with authority, I might add), “To see his grandma!” Who knew!…

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6 Year Old Humor…

Telling jokes one night at dinner after a day of skiing. My husband asks, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Ozzie interjects (with authority, I might add), “To see his grandma!” Who knew!…

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Toffee Brownies

As most of you know, I’ve been putting our kitchen in Aix through its paces since arrival.  I’ve always loved food and cooking and relish the time I have to play in the kitchen.  I’ve also been toying with the

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Toffee Brownies

As most of you know, I’ve been putting our kitchen in Aix through its paces since arrival.  I’ve always loved food and cooking and relish the time I have to pla 2798 y in the kitchen.  I’ve also been toying with the

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Juxtaposition

Don’t Cry for Me Cervinia…

Just a quick update since it’s been a while and a lot of you are asking…  We just got back from mid-term vacance.  Yes, another two weeks off at school.  Vive la France! The first week we set off for

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Juxtaposition

Don’t Cry for Me Cervinia…

Just a quick update since it’s been a while and a lot of you are asking…  We just got back from mid-term vacance.  Yes, another two weeks off at school.  Vive la France! The first week we set off for

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Day 1

Count on Me

Friends and family – we miss you.  We miss you with the intensity of an August sun and the craziness of a New York winter snow storm.  Leaving our well-established routine and most-loved ones was and remains among the toughest

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Day 1

Count on Me

Friends and family – we miss you.  We miss you with the intensity of an August sun and the craziness of a New York winter snow storm.  Leaving our well-established routine and most-loved ones was and remains among the toughest

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Paddy deity

Amongst the Rice Paddies

On our last night in Indonesia, about 5 weeks after our arrival, I dreamed deeply.  I dreamed of rice.  It was puffy, white.  It fell slowly – like large flakes of dry snow during winter. Ever so softly the rice

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Paddy deity

Amongst the Rice Paddies

On our last night in Indonesia, about 5 weeks after our arrival, I dreamed deeply.  I dreamed of rice.  It was puffy, white.  It fell slowly – like large flakes of dry snow during winter. Ever so softly the rice

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Loves his new backpack...

French School – Week 1

Just a quick update from Aix.  The kids returned to school this week and let me tell you that between France, French and our round-the-world extravaganza, it’s been quite the transition.  Out with the old and in with the new.

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Loves his new backpack...

French School – Week 1

Just a quick update from Aix.  The kids returned to school this week and let me tell you that between France, French and our round-the-world extravaganza, it’s been quite the transition.  Out with the old and in with the new.

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Our home away from home in Aix; Talia spinning.  Judah snapping the pic.

Notre été de Mécontentement

There are periods in life where it seems nothing goes right and everything goes wrong.  That’s just life.  I get that.  I may not necessarily like it, but I get it.  I also know that what differentiates people is how

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Our home away from home in Aix; Talia spinning.  Judah snapping the pic.

Notre été de Mécontentement

There are periods in life where it seems nothing goes right and everything goes wrong.  That’s just life.  I get that.  I may not necessarily like it, but I get it.  I also know that what differentiates people is how

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JCG

Ode to Skinny Grays

My fam left New York in Janvier for France. We turned right, not left.  Yes, intentionally. Running shoes and gray flip-flops were my only prance; We began working our way on t’ward Italy. Hawaii our first stop, and then we

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JCG

Ode to Skinny Grays

My fam left New York in Janvier for France. We turned right, not left.  Yes, intentionally. Running shoes and gray flip-flops were my only prance; We began working our way on t’ward Italy. Hawaii our first stop, and then we

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View from our car...

G.O.R.E.

This is our Great Ocean Road Experience. Coming from Wall Street I guess it is fair to say that Armon and I are used to managing risk – to the upside and the downside.  What else can you say about

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View from our car...

G.O.R.E.

This is our Great Ocean Road Experience. Coming from Wall Street I guess it is fair to say that Armon and I are used to managing risk – to the upside and the downside.  What else can you say about

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Summertime finally arrives...

A Divine Comedy of Provencal Proportions

While the French football team has hogged central stage in the unfolding farce I’ve lovingly nicknamed WC 2010 – Les Bleus, Les Miserables, we’ve been living out our own adventure in Provence.  Our first few months here have been far

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Summertime finally arrives...

A Divine Comedy of Provencal Proportions

While the French football team has hogged central stage in the unfolding farce I’ve lovingly nicknamed WC 2010 – Les Bleus, Les Miserables, we’ve been living out our own adventure in Provence.  Our first few months here have been far

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Ready to roll around Melbourne

The Tan and Other Things to Do in Melbourne When You’re Dead…

We ultimately visited three of the larger cities in Australia.  Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  From my vantage point, Sydney is the most well-known and was truly the metropolis I expected.  Be it television, movies or some sort of formal education

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Ready to roll around Melbourne

The Tan and Other Things to Do in Melbourne When You’re Dead…

We ultimately visited three of the larger cities in Australia.  Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  From my vantage point, Sydney is the most well-known and was truly the metropolis I expected.  Be it television, movies or some sort of formal education

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Main Beach sand castle

Loosa Noosa

Noosa was the perfect antidote to Sydney. The somewhat sleepy beach town is located about 140 km north of Brisbane and 1,000 km north of Sydney, along the Sunshine Coast. I wasn’t sure what to expect with Noosa, but I

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Main Beach sand castle

Loosa Noosa

Noosa was the perfect antidote to Sydney. The somewhat sleepy beach town is located about 140 km north of Brisbane and 1,000 km north of Sydney, along the Sunshine Coast. I wasn’t sure what to expect with Noosa, but I

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Needles

I hate needles. My mom used to have to hold me down.  Along with at least one other nurse.  In 7th grade, a friend of mine with diabetes shared her needle secrets with me.  We were on an orange school

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Needles

I hate needles. My mom used to have to hold me down.  Along with at least one other nurse.  In 7th grade, a friend of mine with diabetes shared her needle secrets with me.  We were on an orange school

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Tiles on roof

Sex, Shopping and Sightseeing in Sydney

Let’s handle these in reverse order. And first, let me set Sydney’s stage.  We flew in from Queenstown via Christchurch and landed around dinnertime in Sydney.  Once back on the ground we went through our normal routine of getting our

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Tiles on roof

Sex, Shopping and Sightseeing in Sydney

Let’s handle these in reverse order. And first, let me set Sydney’s stage.  We flew in from Queenstown via Christchurch and landed around dinnertime in Sydney.  Once back on the ground we went through our normal routine of getting our

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Got Game?

Queen Bee

According to Wikipedia, Queenstown is a resort town located in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island.  It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin lake formed by glacial “processes”.  According

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Got Game?

Queen Bee

According to Wikipedia, Queenstown is a resort town located in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island.  It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin lake formed by glacial “processes”.  According

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Walking to the beach

Popcorn

The morning we left Wellington is the morning that Katie left Wellington for St. Lucia (with 3 kids in tow).  Under the age of 6.   By herself, solo-parenting.  4 flights.  36 hours.  Either stupidity or sainthood comes to mind…I’m leaning

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Walking to the beach

Popcorn

The morning we left Wellington is the morning that Katie left Wellington for St. Lucia (with 3 kids in tow).  Under the age of 6.   By herself, solo-parenting.  4 flights.  36 hours.  Either stupidity or sainthood comes to mind…I’m leaning

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Help me!

Turkey Boy

City boys never cease to amaze me.  My husband in particular. Although he’s athletic, he’s not a crazy “heli-anything” type of daredevil.  He used to shower before he went for a run – so he would start off fresh and

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Help me!

Turkey Boy

City boys never cease to amaze me.  My husband in particular. Although he’s athletic, he’s not a crazy “heli-anything” type of daredevil.  He used to shower before he went for a run – so he would start off fresh and

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My bite hurts...

Attack of the Trigger Fish

Diving is a past-time, like golf.  Not a sport. And while I am partial to sports over past-times – I do like both diving and golf.  Interestingly, I enjoy these activities for similar reasons.  Both are infinitely variable and personally

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My bite hurts...

Attack of the Trigger Fish

Diving is a past-time, like golf.  Not a sport. And while I am partial to sports over past-times – I do like both diving and golf.  Interestingly, I enjoy these activities for similar reasons.  Both are infinitely variable and personally

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