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View from the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world and a must-see for most visitors to Paris. The average day for a visitor will include a wait for either the elevator or the stairs to get up to the viewing levels, some time taking photographs and enjoying the Paris skyline, and a wait back at the elevator to get down. Or, ... Read More »

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Puffs

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Puffs

I am flush with strawberries right now. It’s still relatively early in strawberry season, which generally runs from late spring through summer, but the berries I’ve picked up this week have all been sweet and full of flavor. The only problem with having so many strawberries around is that they start to go bad rather quickly, so I try to use them up by adding ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

A dewberry looks like a blackberry, and, according to Homesick Texan, might actually be the same thing as a blackberry. Feel free to substitute one for the other in order to make this Dewberry Cobbler because whatever you call them, these dark purple berries are just coming into season and this easy to make cobbler is a great way to enjoy them. The dough comes ... Read More »

Butter with Sea Salt Crystals

I always use unsalted butter for baking because it offers a consistent baseline for a recipe. But I really prefer salted butter for basic uses, like topping toast, pancakes or a baked potato because the extra bit of salt adds a little contrast to the slightly sweet cream taste of plain butter. The one thing that can top a good salted butter is butter with ... Read More »

How to pick a good baguette in Paris

Good Baguette

It seems like there are several boulangeries, or bakeries, on every block in Paris selling baguettes and other types of breads. Sandwich shops and some cafes, many of which look just like bakeries themselves, also sell baguettes and baguette sandwiches. So how can you pick a good one? In part, it’s a crap shoot because there are just so many out there, but there are ... Read More »

Cookies n’ Cream Pound Cake

Cookies n' Cream Pound Cake

When I first saw the Giant Sandwich Cookie Cake Pan, it put me in the mood for sandwich cookies. Whoopie pies are a good choice, but nothing really beats some Oreos (or similar cookies) and a glass of milk for sandwich cookie satisfaction. That being said, it’s also easy to get a little tired of eating them in the same way all the time, so ... Read More »

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City’s Best Pastry Shops

If you’re not planning a trip to Paris in the near future, there is no reason to miss out on all the delicious pastries that the city has to offer – and let’s face it, the pastries are a big part of the draw of Paris (that, the art and the Eiffel Tower, n’est pas?)! In Dorie Greenspan’s book, Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the ... Read More »

L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais

In a perfect world, with unlimited resources and where I would never be full (or need to jog off a dozen extra pastries), I would have liked to try everything they had for sale at the L’Atelier Boulanger du Marais, a very cute bakery near the Place de Vosges in Paris. It all looked spectacular, and the prices seemed very reasonable. In this world, however, ... Read More »

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