It's Still Friday! (French Fridays with Dorie: Orange and Olive Salad)

I've been letting life drag me around lately - it has left me feeling kind of like a pet owner trying to walk a large, hyper dog that has been cooped up in the house all day.

All you can do is hold onto the leash and hope that you can keep up...

Today, I woke up early and decided that I was going to take charge of my pet (or whatever you want to call it) and exert some control (at least in my mind).

Put a dent in those reports that are due by year end. Check.

Start making Christmas treats. Check.

Finish writing out Christmas cards. Check.

Post my French Fridays post...


"And mamma in her 'kerchief..." (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia: Chocolate Mint Nightcaps)

"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap."

(Poem credit: The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore)

Or something like that...


These Things (French Fridays with Dorie: Lamb & Dried Apricot Tagine(

These things I know to be true:

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

An object in motion will stay in motion unless an opposite force comes into play.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

The older I get, the more aware I am of gravitational forces.

Snow + rain = bear to clean up. 

A bag of Jelly Belly jelly beans is not safe in my house.

Lamb on my dinner table will not get eaten.


Or something like that... (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: The Rugelach that Won over France)

This week, Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie Greenspan's latest book, Baking Chez Moi, takes us down the fussy cookie road.

Dorie's Rugelach dons this particular cookie as the "Rugelach that won over France"...or at least a few French flight attendants.


Stuff on Toast... (French Fridays with Dorie: Tartine de Viande des Grisons)

As you can see this week's French Fridays with Dorie meal was served in the height of elegance. (Plastic eating utensils optional).

Stuff on toast...meet stuff on desk.

Sometimes, you need life to toss an easy one your way.