French Tomato Tart and my trip to Paris and Provence

Easy Tomato Tart

A few weeks ago, my family and I went on an unbelievable trip to France.  We spent 10 days living the good life  – our time split evenly between Paris, the city of lights, and Provence, the land of olive groves, vineyards and picturesque mountaintop towns. I couldn’t have asked for a better vacation. Absolute joie de vivre. 

Paris

Paris Cheese

In Paris, we rented a beautiful apartment in Le Marias, and enjoyed all of the local shops and groceries to every extent we could.  We were lucky enough to be staying just around the corner from a wonderful boulangerie-pâtisserie, and every morning we planned our day over steaming cappuccinos, freshly made baguettes smothered with sea-salt butter,  and flaky, buttery pastries.  Continue reading

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Traditional Guacamole

Homemade Guacamole

September flew by, (thanks to a pretty lengthy trip to Europe that I promise to write about soon!), and the cool air, shorter days and falling leaves means that fall is officially upon us. And while I have every intention of writing about my favorite fall flavors here soon – cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, pumpkin, butternut squash, oh my – I thought it was necessary to share one of my other fall favorite recipes: Guacamole.  Continue reading

Israeli Couscous and Grilled Tomato Salad

Israeli Couscous and Grilled Tomato Salad

Sometimes there is nothing better on a warm summer night than firing up the grill to cook some fresh summer veggies.  Unfortunately, I live in a small Manhattan apartment with no outdoor space, so a grill is a luxury I don’t always have access to.  So whenever I’m on vacation and there is a grill on premises, I try to take advantage of it as much as possible. I’ll stock up on fresh local corn, summer squash, and fresh local tomatoes right off the vine.  Toss them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, throw them on the grill and within 10 minutes you have the perfect, healthy side dish. Continue reading