What To Do In Paris When You Don't Have Internet Recipe
I know. I know. I haven't been able to post a recipe in a couple of days because the internet has been extremely spotty here in Paris. But being unplugged in the City of Lights has its advantages; just ask Baby Aria.
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Chocolate Pear Blackberry Crumble Recipe Recipe

Yesterday evening, Aria and I had a wonderful play date with Ella at my friend Thi-My's. For dessert, Thi-My prepared an apple pear chocolate crumble. The recipe I'm sharing today is a bit different, using home-grown pears, blackberry and chocolate

Thi-My and I have been friends since we were 15. We reminisced about the good old days and stared at our little girls playing with their scooters in the park next door to her apartment. Ella is two-and-a-half years old and she's such a sweetheart. She kept saying "l'autre trottinette est pour ma copine Aria" ("The other scooter is for my bestie Aria"). We melted! And we melted a second time after eating Thi-my's delicious crumble!  

Aria


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 Mushroom and Lobster Risotto Recipe Recipe

Risotto might appear a bit fancy but once you know how to prepare the delicious rice dish you can make many variations. Today, since I'm still in France, I decided to showcase an extravagant, ritzy version with lobster and bolet mushrooms

You can prepare this comforting dish all year long. All you have to do is adapt the ingredients of the season. I added a bit of cream at the end for extra decadence and curly parsley for a nice contrast of color. Believe me, if you give this a try, you'll feel like you’re at a nice Parisian restaurant!


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French Soupe au Pistou Recipe (Minestrone Soup with Pasta) Recipe

Soupe au pistou is the equivalent of minestrone soup mixed with a bit of thick, Provençal-style sauce. First, I prepared beef stock (you could also use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version), then added white beans, zucchini, carrot, peas, corn, fresh tomatoes and boiled pasta and finished the soup with a few spoonfuls of a chimichurri-like sauce made of garlic, basil, olive oil and flavorful cheeses.

Aria is old enough to eat on her own with her special baby spoon now and she loved the soupe au pistou! I used regular macaroni pasta but you could use thin pasta or cut-up spaghetti instead. I also incorporated two types of cheeses -- Gruyère and Mimolette -- for flavor. If the stock is prepared in advance, this meal shouldn't take too long to assemble.


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Basil Cucumber Water Recipe Recipe

Basil Cucumber Water Recipe

09.24.13 by Jackie

My husband Lulu and I recently stayed in a very nice hotel that served cucumber water. The drink was so refreshing I recreated it as soon as I came home. I added a few twists with chia seeds and some basil leaves. 

The beauty is that you can prepare a lot of flavored water in advance of any type of party. You can use the combination of herbs, citrus, seeds and even berries you prefer. I’ve had a berry water with raspberries and blueberries that was absolutely wonderful. It’s so easy to make, you have no excuse for buying flavored water that’s probably filled with indescribable preservatives and additives.


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