Cheese Board 101

Cheese in Provence Market

I love offering a Cheese Board when I entertain – and the best part is how easy it is. No cooking – just shopping!  I usually serve a cheese board as an appetizer, the American way.  In Europe, you’re more likely to be served a cheese board after dinner.  It provides a nice relaxing end to the meal, […]

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars from

Arg ! it’s almost Labor Day!  Where did the summer go!!  Growing up in New York it always signaled the end of summer.  School was about to start.  Temperatures would soon start cooling off and fall foliage wasn’t far off. Now, living in the south, school’s been back in session for a couple of weeks – Goodbye to […]

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

Rosemary Shortbread cookies from

A friend asked me to make some cookies for a get-together last weekend. So, I used it as an excuse to try a new recipe – Rosemary Shortbread Cookies. Delicate little cookies that are wonderful with a cup of tea.  Heck – they were pretty darn good all by themselves!               Now, I’ve […]

Buttermilk Pie

A Slice of Buttermilk Pie

This is, apparently, my “Buttermilk Summer”.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used buttermilk in a recipe lately.  So what to make with leftover buttermilk?  Why, Buttermilk Pie!  This classic southern dessert is a snap to make, especially with the help of a frozen pie crust. It’s a rich custardy pie that everyone will […]

Outdoor Concert Menu 2

Bruschetta for Outdoor Concert Dining from

Last summer, I posted a two-part series with  tips and tricks of eating at Outdoor Concerts.  Apparently that’s been a dilemma for many of you, because they have become quite popular posts at a scrumptious life.  The first post  focussed on the logistics and ‘equipment’ of dining al fresco.  The second offered menu ideas.   So I […]

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis from

It’s cherry season – Yea!!  Do you get as excited about seeing them at the market as much as I do?!  …. and seemingly unrelated, July 14th is Bastille Day (in France).  So,  it’s the perfect time to make one of my favorite desserts – Cherry Clafoutis.  Clafoutis (pronounced kla-FOO- tee) is a classic french […]

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