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The Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions

I eat cereal almost every morning for breakfast because it’s cheap and requires minimal effort. I always stick with the same cereal brand and they release new mixes every once in a while. Their cereal always a blend of oats, nuts, and dried fruit. The last one I purchased was a sweet potato autumn mix, which was really delicious. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it anymore when it was time to restock. Instead, I bought one that looked like an autumn…

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French Crepes

French Crepes

Why do French people love crepes? I think it has to do with their versatility. You can literally eat them at any time of day, savory or sweet, and there are endless combinations. Plus, who doesn’t love coming home to the smell of crepes, cookies, or any other indulgent food? The crepe recipe itself is super easy, simple, and quick to make. The difficulty is the physical making of the crepes; it’s all about the technique. However, after a few…

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Cake Aux Olives (Olive Cake)

Cake Aux Olives (Olive Cake)

This is was one of the first things my host mom made when I arrived (after crepes) and I loved it. It’s a super simple recipe and perfect for a picnic or potluck. The first time I ate it was when we had a picnic at the beach during a hike and we also brought it to the neighborhood block party. Olive Cake – Serves 6 100 g Lardons or Bacon 1 can of Green Olives, pitted and sliced lenghthwise…

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A Few Cooking Stories

A Few Cooking Stories

Those of you that know me know that I really enjoy cooking. My host parents definitely appreciate my cooking as well. Actually, I would say they have a love/hate relationship with my cooking. They love my cooking, yet they hate it because they they’ve gained weight as a result of it. (Hey, it isn’t MY fault they serve themselves seconds). Although, they also have a lot of external stress is has led them to late-night snacking and eating more junk…

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Salt Baked Loup de Mer (European Sea Bass) with Creme Fraiche Saffron Sauce

Salt Baked Loup de Mer (European Sea Bass) with Creme Fraiche Saffron Sauce

A new weekend approaches! Can you believe we are almost a quarter of the way through with 2015? I mean, really. Spring has officially started; although, lately in Provence it doesn’t much feel like it. For the past 2 weeks or so, we’ve had a lot of rain, hence my movie marathons and lack of any exciting news. The forecast this weekend predicts sunshine and wind so I’ll be happy to get out and not feel guilty about neglecting studies….

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Lapin A La Moutarde

Lapin A La Moutarde

I’ve been wanting to try rabbit for the last few years. In fact, a cousin of mine has a dozen or so rabbits, and no matter how hard I tried, I could never convince her to let me eat one. My uncle barbecued one them while I was living in KC, but he forgot to invite me over. Last week, my host parents and I were sitting around the computer shopping for groceries (my host mom orders things online…and they…

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Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives

This is a super simple recipe, but why not include it in my recipe box? I never had endives until I moved to France, and why they aren’t necessarily my favorite, I’ve learned to appreciate their bitterness. The first time I at them, my host mom made Endives au Jambon Gratinee, which is endives wrapped in ham, smothered in bechamel and topped with a crust of melted Gruyère. I am not a fan of vegetables smothered in cream and cheese….

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I [Pi]ne for Bachata

I [Pi]ne for Bachata

I think after this post I will officially be caught up! Whew. Now, if only I can get caught up with letter writing. I had grand plans for this weekend yet nothing turned out quite as expected. Friday afternoon L and I made chocolate chip cookies. The first round of cookies were burnt, thanks to new oven. The second round was a bit better, while the third round were perfect. I think I’ve figured out the trick for cooking in…

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A Week of Culinary Adventures

A Week of Culinary Adventures

While last week wasn’t anything particularly exciting, it has been filled with lots of delicious food! Delicious food, which I  regrettably did not photographed! Really, did you expect me to? But WAIT! I have (potentially) good news! Two of them were homemade and I hope to make them again, and if I do, not only will you get pictures, but step by step instructions! See? I do try. Last Sunday I had to take care of L for the early…

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I [Pi]ne for Pies

I [Pi]ne for Pies

Today is the eve of “The only Pi day of our Lives.” Now, you may be saying to yourself one of the following: What in the world is Pi day? Why is Sally such a (nerdy, weird, beautiful, intelligent, etc) girl? Pi day happens every year, what makes this one so special? First off, if you are unfamiliar with the irrational number pi, Google it. Also, if you do need to Google it, I say the chances are high that…

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