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Tammy Circeo
Interests: music, friendship, health and wellness, children, movies, books, baseball, photography, family, food & drink, decorating, collecting, home, memories, scrapbooking. . .
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I had a few minutes to kill on a rainy afternoon and found myself in the University bookstore perusing cookbooks. It is always an acceptable pastime. I'd been eyeing Mimi Thorrison's book A Year in My French Kitchen for a while and as I stood in the warm bookstore reading... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Chez Nous
Unexpected. Surprisingly ... unexpectedly ... delicious. Those were the only words we had when we first tasted this tart. I, for one, never thought of grapefruit as a dessert possibility and was thoroughly convinced otherwise after the first bite. But let's back up a bit to the crust part where... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Chez Nous
Weekends come and weekends go ... life happens and we meet it as it comes our way. And that is how two weekends have passed without my posting! Busyness and sickness claimed my time. Last weekend was Valentine's weekend and after spending an afternoon with our Matthew Boy so that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Chez Nous
There must be as many ways to make a cous cous stew as there are cooks that make it. The recipe is decidedly not French, but belongs to neighbors from the south ... the Moroccans ... and has made its way into the French culture much like Mexican food has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Chez Nous
Thank you, Cathleen. The lace background is a square table topper that my grandmother crocheted for me early in my marriage. She is gone now and any time I can use something that her hands touched is a time that I feel loved and cared for, too. She was such a sweet Mama Trudy and I'm so grateful to have many of her things in my home that I love and use daily... especially in my kitchen: her 80+ year old cast-iron skillet, platters, depression glass, bowls ... I love them all.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Baking Chez Moi | Marquise Au Chocolat at Chez Nous
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I should've cut those large chunks a little to have made it easier to melt, but it all worked out fine.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Baking Chez Moi | Marquise Au Chocolat at Chez Nous
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Thanks, Kathy. Loved it ... a little too much. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Baking Chez Moi | Marquise Au Chocolat at Chez Nous
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Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Baking Chez Moi | Marquise Au Chocolat at Chez Nous
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I made it according to Dorie's recommendation and of course, she rarely leads me astray.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Baking Chez Moi | Marquise Au Chocolat at Chez Nous
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Have you ever stocked up on lettuces, greens, and herbs at the market only to have them wilt and go soggy before you could use them all? This is what I do with mine to keep them fresh longer. When I get home from the market—even if I've purchased greens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Chez Nous
If there's anything the French know, it's chocolate. Furthermore, it's chocolate mousse ... that satisfying, deep flavor with the airy texture is enough to weaken even the strongest of wills. A Marquise au Chocolat is a little step beyond the common mousse that finds its way to many French children's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Chez Nous
The weekend was slow, quiet, mostly rainy with bursts of sunshine here and there, like Sunday morning that dawned bright and blue ... plenty of time to wake up slow listening to the rain fall, sip more than one morning coffee, peruse cookbooks, write lists, talk with loved ones, watch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Chez Nous
When Alice and I were cooking together last month, she was talking about some of the recipes she needed to make up and asked me about the ones I had missed. I told her I had no clue! And after she left, I sat down with my book to see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Chez Nous
The first time I had ceviche was when we had returned to our former home to sign the closing papers. Our realtor, who was also a friend and for whom we had brought fresh, wild salmon, invited us to her home and made ceviche with some of the salmon. At... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Chez Nous
It was rainy afternoon and I was on a mission at the bookstore. Invariably, I ended up in the cookbook section, lost in the possibility of so many kitchen adventures. As you can imagine, I'm drawn to French cookbooks and Mimi Thorisson's is no exception. Her beautiful book A Kitchen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Chez Nous
This weekend was so good. Friday afternoon found us girls hiking and enjoying nature in a beautiful, yet difficult way. With baby in tow, it was an even more challenging climb to the top. More on this adventure later! Sunday, of course, was the Super Bowl. Our hometown team, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Chez Nous
Croquants. They are what the pronunciation of the word sounds like. Crackly. And in English, we'd probably call them just that ... Cracklies. They are made of coarsely chopped nuts, sugar, egg whites, and a little flour. So easy ... and with a a crackly result. Alice made them when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Chez Nous
I love Dorie's innovative ways and creative titles. This "weekend cake", as the French would term it, is a pound cake. Growing up with the fragrance of Mom's pound cake baking while I fell asleep makes me an expert. Such a comforting sensory lullaby. The recipe doesn't call for a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Chez Nous
The food was definitely wonderful, Cher. And so was Alice! :)
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It's thanks to Alice for the TRHEE pastry creams. She is of the belief that if one is good, three are superb!
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If you had shown your presence at all, Mary, I'd have put you to work! There would have been no "mouse in the corner"!! :) Doristas are participatory, for sure!
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Glad to have your approval, Diane!
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Unstoppable? Yes, that is our Alice. Our day was wonderful ... it was like we were old kitchen mates from way back.
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Glad to have you following our posts on FB, Tricia! It was crazy ... the fish recipes were not hard, but if Alice hadn't made the pastry creams ahead of time, we'd never gotten the eclairs done!
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So busy! But I can't complain ... at least, I'm not moving countries like Alice. Bless her. I hope the rest of the move progresses smoothly.
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