You can imagine the scene. You might even have been there. The tiny bistro, hidden in an alley in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Sophisticates mingling with artistes. You watch and listen … intoxicated by the food, mellowed by the wine, enraptured in the moment.
Paris will do that to you, especially in April. Most everything about it captures our imagination. Even the drizzling rain. But it’s the food … the food that makes our hearts sing.
More than 50 years after Julia Child introduced us to what she considered “one of the world’s great arts,” we still are discovering the epic riches of the ever-evolving French table. French chefs still rely on seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques, yet they’re apt to put them together in more inventive ways.
This recipe for Chicken Fricassée from Food & Wine is a lighter take on this classic dish, using low-fat sour cream and Greek yogurt in lieu of heavy cream. It’s perfect for the cool nights of spring, when you want something warm yet light and flavorful. [...]
Just like Peter Cottontail, Easter is on its way. Despite its late arrival (April 20), the holiday still may sneak up on you. If you’re planning on hosting brunch, it’s time to grab your basket and hop to it. [...]
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” Claude Monet once observed. With his gardens at Giverny as his tableau, it’s hard to argue.
Monet’s gardens may be more exuberant than the formal gardens that we associate with Paris and other regions of France. Yet they all share fundamental characteristics – mainly a sense of harmony, unstudied elegance and a sort of geometric spaciousness suggested by the plantings themselves.
French garden design dates back centuries. Of course, the most famous is the Garden of Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre. Three centuries later, the influence of Versailles is still powerfully felt. Even in the countryside, where gardeners tend vegetables, fruits and herbs, these kitchen gardens – jardins potagers - are marked by order and geometry. [...]
We’ve missed the pop of a two-seam fastball hitting the catcher’s mitt, the crack of a bat making solid contact, and the simple joy of spending nine innings talking sports with friends over ice cold beers.
The boys of summer are back in town, and it’s high time.
Baseball is best enjoyed outdoors, and our extra-bright LCD outdoor TV – a 65″ set that stands up to the worst weather – will bring you the play-by-play in crystal clear High Definition. [...]