This & That: March 3, 2017

Mar 03, 2017

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The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pépin

Jacque Pépin. The man Julia Child called the best chef in America wrote a memoir and I have neglected to share it with you. Yes, a few years late, but none-the-less, a book to read, enjoy and be reminded of his coming to America and reinventing himself (did you know he turned town a job to be JFK’s chef?). Along the way, he would fall in with the talented and beloved James Beard and yes, Julia Child. The stories will inspire and his jovial, sincere appreciation for cooking will remind why cooking and cooking well is possible and possible to enjoy.


Le Creuset Sale at Sur La Table

Purchase an item from Le Creuset and you will have it and use it for a lifetime which is why the sale taking place at Sur La Table through Monday March 6th is worth taking a look at. As someone who regularly using their oval Dutch oven, small teapot and honey canister, I couldn’t recommend more highly their products. Available in a long list of color varieties, take a look at all that is on sale here.


Schoolhouse Electric Elevated Champagne Flutes Set

Having a set of champagne glasses on hand, even though they may not be used often, is a good idea whenever there is something to celebrate, large or small, well-known to a mass amount of people or just those who reside within the home. Schoolhouse Electric, based in Portland, Oregon, offers these modern champagne flutes that speak of sophistication and simple elegance. Purchase a set or a glass at a time at a reasonable price.

Francophile Find

One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence by Keith Van Sickle

One of the IG accounts I follow, and for the life of me I cannot remember at the moment, brought my attention to Keith Van Sickle’s new book One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence. Released earlier this year, Keith and Val pick up stakes and move to Provence, all without knowing much or any French. Opting to quit their jobs and throw themselves into an adventure, this memoir is receiving wonderful reviews and may just be the light-hearted, pleasure read you are looking for.


10 Crosby by Derek Lam Tie-Front pleated cotton-poplin midi navy dress

Spring is just around the corner and this classic midi-length cotton-poplin navy dress would be a find to wear for more than just one season. Wear with espadrilles, wear with sandals, layer with a jacket or walk barefoot on the beach. At such a great price, why not?

—J.Crew wool-striped short-sleeve V-neck sweater

The V-neck style partnered with the thick navy and white stripes caught my eye as J.Crew’s top could be paired with pants or a skirt for work and then transition to casual with denim and a blazer. If you choose to take a look, be sure to use the promo code SHOPFAST and save 20%.

~recipe for Arugula Radicchio Salad with Figs, Humboldt Fog, Prosciutto and Pistachios~

Paris Fashion Week began on Tuesday, and the collections have steadily revealed their beauty. However, Milan wrapped up earlier in the week, and it was Vionnet’s collection that captured my attention (see above).

I certainly am eager for spring, and the longer days of daylight are making me a very happy girl. Speaking of spring, this weekend will take me out of town to tend to some business (taxes), but then spend time in a place that teases of spring far earlier than where I live now. I am excited to say hello to Walla Walla, sip some wine, nibble on some chocolate and spend some time with loved ones. I hope you too have lovely weekend plans this first weekend of March. Below are a few articles and a video I think you will very much enjoy. Until Monday, bonne journée.

~The 20 Best French Recipes

~25 Everyday ‘Problems” About Life in France as discovered by Twitter

~One of my favorite bloggers who resides in France, Sharon Santoni, interviews one of my favorite cookbook authors, Patricia Wells. View the video here.

3 thoughts on “This & That: March 3, 2017

  1. I so much enjoy reading your messages everyday. I live in Portland, Oregon and get to Bend a lot, beautiful area, we looked to buy there a year ago when we were moving from Phoenix, AZ, but I knew I wouldn’t see my newborn grandson or family very much and decided to move to Portland instead where they live, but get up to bend to ski and visit friends as much as possible.
    Your blog takes me away from all of the bad political Trump stuff going on, one I truly was engaging in and couldn’t do it emotionally anymore, and that is when I found your daily blog which I love so much. Thank you for embracing the luxurious everyday and teaching me how to do it!
    Sincerely, DEB

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