recipe of the month
Oeufs en Meurette
Legend has it that each of the folds in a French chef's toque represents a different way of preparing eggs. Oeufs en meurette is one of my favorites -- poached eggs swimming in a hearty red wine stew
studded with bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions.
The dish hails from France's Burgundy region, where you'll also find such classics as boeuf bourgignon and coq au vin. The sauce and garnishes for oeufs en meurette are very similar to those of the latter. There's a chicken-and-egg joke in there somewhere. Read more.
wine of the month
Domaine Alain Gras St.-Romain Rouge 2009
French Wines: The Art of the Struggle
It may surprise you to learn that the most intriguing and distinctive French wines are produced from vines that have "struggled" to produce their fruit. Perhaps they endured a period of drought or had to eek out an existence in a marginal planting site (picture a vineyard meeting up against imposing geological structures like steep slopes that drop off to rocky edges, and you'll get the idea). While these stressful spots offer obvious challenges in terms of vineyard maintenance, they also represent interesting opportunities for les vignerons. Read more.
women on fire go to paris!
What's Women on Fire? It's the inspirational book by Debbie Phillips, executive life coach to the stars. She and I will be leading a trip to Paris in late April and there are still a few spaces left.
We'll be staying at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, near the Opéra Garnier, and each day we'll discover a new arrondissement and something new about ourselves. A VIP shopping experience, a trip to a working artist's atelier, the best cooking class in Paris: these are just some of the activities that await you. There will be a conference call on January 19, with Debbie and myself, to go over the trip in detail and so that you can ask questions. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to get on the list for the call. We'll send you call-in info a few days before the conversation. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip for those women who are looking to be inspired and to make a change in their lives; Paris is the place to do it with Debbie's help. Read more details here.
the year that was
For one last look at the year behind us, here are the six best blog posts of 2011.
gg2p on air
On January 2, I started a new adventure: the Girls' Guide to Paris radio show on the Overseas Radio Network. The show will cover Paris and the whole of France; we'll discover the best that France has to offer for everyone from the casual visitor to the person who is considering moving there. The show airs on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Find out how to subscribe.