Summer is coming to a quiet close this weekend as the kids get ready for that perennially dreaded first day of school, but life has been anything but quiet during the last month.  In fact, things have bordered on chaotic and I have neglected you all lately.  Here’s the lowdown: We sold our house (or so we thought), my hubbie resigned from his job (a temporary break?), we took a planned-at-the-very-last-minute, see-if-we-could-live-on-a-boat-together family sailing trip to the British Virgin Islands,… Read more »

Last spring, I was fortunate enough to attend a week-long cooking class in Paris hosted by Patricia Wells, a cookbook author, food critic, and long-time resident of Paris.  The week was filled with cooking, of course, as well as tours and tastings and the sweetest one by far was a tour of Poilâne bakery in Paris’s 6th arrondissement.  Begun in 1932 by Pierre Poilâne, the bakery slowly gathered a following among the area wine bars  after the war and, well,… Read more »