Rustic Frangipane Rhubarb Tart

Already, the rhubarb recipes are frequent here on TSLL, but as they should be I say as it is spring-time after all, and rhubarb is scrumptious and so simple to bake for delicious treats. As well, my single rhubarb plant keeps growing and offering its seasonal goodness, and I am happy to oblige by taking […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Episode #2, Season 1

One of my favorite desserts that I wait for with anticipation after a long winter is a strawberry rhubarb tart. As rhubarb is one of the first foods in the garden to push its way through the soil, in only a few more weeks time, late spring, the strawberries become ripe and extremely fresh and […]

Blueberry & Rhubarb Crostata

Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good […]

A New Summer Dessert – Blueberry & Rhubarb Galette

Spring, especially early spring, signifies the arrival of one of the earliest fruits to arrive in the garden: rhubarb. And as I have forever been a fan of rhubarb tarts and especially strawberry rhubarb tarts and pies, I heard a rumor while listening to my weekly favorite podcast The Splendid Table of a new combination […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlet

One of the things I look forward to with the arrival of spring is rhubarb and being able to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry-rhubarb anything.  I’ve adapted a pie recipe, sweetened up the crust a bit and made tarts instead this year, and I must say it is a huge improvement.  Feel […]

This & That: November 12, 2021

A documentary I cannot wait to watch, a new film by the director of Paris Can Wait, books on cooking with seasonal recipes, mastering your mind, creating a life to love whether your are single or not, a book about books and history and new series to catch your sense of humor and hold its […]

16 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

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This & That: March 26, 2021

Spring clothing items to brighten your wardrobe, a cookbook full of non-recipes, France is found in a variety of places – television, books, cookbooks and more, the documentary many people have been eager to watch, and still so much more. Books —28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand Released last summer to tens of thousands of positive […]

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7 Reasons to Watch Gardeners’ World w/Monty Don (whether you are a gardener or not)

Premiering its 53rd season on BBC’s channel Two, Gardeners’ World, hosted by Monty Don returns this Friday at 9pm. Those of us in the states can find each new episode within a couple of hours on BritBox (I stream BritBox through Amazon Prime). Late to the pleasure of viewing this long-running gardening program, as the […]

Buckwheat Crêpes with Prosciutto, Gruyère and Egg

Crêpes and France. Delicate and substantive. Quality ingredient-forward, simple in composition. Quintessential French. The crêpe I have enjoyed most frequently is one that involves the basics of a scrumptious breakfast, although I have typically enjoyed a crêpe for lunch. A Buckwheat Crêpe avec Prosciutto (or ham, for the traditional ingredient) and Gruyère with an egg […]

Let’s Talk About Wine & 8 Books About Wine Worth Exploring

Wine is meant to have a partner. Food. As the two enter their union, the full flavors of both the wine and food stretch throughout all of the lovely layers and deepen the satiation and satisfaction of the dining experience. When I am in Bend, I look to our local grocer Newport Market to help […]

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9 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

“Life is short and absurd and run through with pain and sorrow. But even in the face of real suffering, gardening can make our days shine with joy.” —Monty Don Today is Earth Day, and so I chose today’s topic as a way to celebrate the good fortunate we have to live on our amazing […]

Spring is Coming! 10 Things to Do to Be Ready When It Arrives

“I loved rhubarb, that hardy, underappreciated garden survivor that leafed out just as the worst of winter melted away.” —Judith Fertig When I saw the abundant, expansive green leaves and hot pink stalks, so thick and strong, singing to let their delicious tartness be appreciated, I knew my potential home was a home where such […]

My Friday Night Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta, Episode 2, Season 2

Weekly rituals infused into our everyday routines welcome anticipation with quick attainment, as we can look forward to them four or sometimes five times a month and experience the culmination in relatively a short amount of time. Such is the case for my Friday Nigh Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta. For nearly 12 years and likely […]

A Simple French Fall Dessert: Pear Clafoutis

Simple, delicious and seasonal. Somehow, this always leads me to some detail of the recipe that is inspired from the French culinary world, and the recipe showcased in the final episode of Season 1 is no different. Having heard the term clafoutis many years before, it certainly was something that caught my ear, but for quite […]

Cooking in Provence with Patricia Wells

“Wake up and look for the happiness and share it.” —thoughts about life shared at one of the many lunches enjoyed with Patricia and Walter Wells on their terrasse in Provence. There are many different ways to learn any new skill, acquire any new information, to understand new-to-you concepts. For some, becoming accustomed to direct […]

211: How to Stay Relevant in Our Ever-Changing World & Embrace Each Year More than the Last

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #211 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify In America we have the story that … your sex drive evaporates. … Nobody wants to sleep with you, but you don’t want to sleep with them either. … And it turns out that that is really much more of a cultural story than […]