Happy Birthday, Dorie!


Today I am here to wish my favorite cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan, a very Happy Birthday!  A group of us, current and former TWDers and FFWDers, banded together to create a virtual dinner party to celebrate how special she is to each of us.  We each chose a recipe from her new (and amazing!) cookbook Around My French Table. You can find the round up of great dishes on Holly’s site – Phemomenon.  (Suggestion? Wait until after you’ve eaten…this is one doozy of a delicious round up!)


I chose to make Roast Chicken for Les Paresseux, a very incredible poultry dish.  It is full of flavor, hearty, and a hands down winner!  While it does take a little time, every moment is worth it, and I see myself making it again soon!   I hope Dorie would find it a worthy Birthday Meal…I know I would!

For more recipes from Around My French Table, check out the French Fridays with Dorie site.  You really should buy the book – it’s incredible.

For reviews of Baking From My Home To Yours, visit the Tuesdays with Dorie site.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in making this party happen, and especially to Laurie and Holly for  putting it all together!

French Fridays with Dorie…Hachis Parmentier


It’s names like this that scare people off.

Hachis Parmentier.

What the what?? 


Let me clue you in…it’s Shepherd’s Pie.  And in case you are from a small town in Southwest Virginia whose mama didn’t make Shepherd’s Pie and you may as well be eating Hachis Parmentier, it’s like beefy mashed potato casserole.  That help?

Hachis Parmentier is the recipe for this weeks French Fridays with Dorie, the cooking group gathered around the latest cookbook by Dorie Greenspan – Around My French Table.  Pronounced Ah-shee Par-men-Tee-Ay, this fancifully named casserole is stick to your ribs meat and potatoes, all in one pot.  The beef is combined with spicy sausage, and baked beneath a hearty helping of mashed potatoes, then graciously topped with cheese.  What’s not to like about that combination?

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French Fridays with Dorie…Gougeres


A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the new cooking group entitled French Fridays with Dorie, a group of several hundred Dorie Greenspan fans who are amped up to make our way through her new cookbook: Around My French Table.  I am so thrilled to be a part of yet another Dorie group!gugeres22 

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French Fridays with Dorie


I’ll admit it.

Dorie Greenspan is responsible for making me the baker I am today.

Now, maybe she doesn’t know this, because apart from a few Twitter conversations, an email or two, and some blogger chit chat, I’ve never met Dorie.  Never spoken to her.  But her book, Baking: From My Home to Yours, and the baking group set up by my blogger friend Laurie,  entitled Tuesdays With Dorie, set me on a path of fearless baking each and every week for well over a year.

It was through my Tuesdays With Dorie experience that I met so many great bloggers, all of which inspired me to try something new, experiment with ingredients, or bake something I would have never dreamed.  I plodded along with the group for over 80 recipes, the majority of which I have made numerous times since.  These recipes are written in such a way that you feel as if Dorie is there in your kitchen, guiding you with each flour measurement, peeking into the lit oven right along with you.  It is comforting.  It inspired me.  Sadly, I got so busy with my baking business that I had to bow out of Tuesdays With Dorie.  However, if ever I need a go-to recipe for something, it is THAT book that I seek out.


imageNow there is a new endeavor.  A NEW book.  Dorie is back with her expansive and thoroughly gorgeous Around My French Table.  And Laurie, too, is back with a group to cook along with – French Fridays with Dorie.  The group is one of ease…no formal contract that you MUST cook every recipe. (Though you’ll probably want to.)  The group officially begins on October 1, and our first recipe is Gougeres.

If you’ve ever made a cream puff, you’ll probably find gougeres a cinch, as it is basically cream puff dough with lots of cheese mixed in.  And, if you’ve never made puffs, no worries!  You’ll find Dorie’s step by step recipe full of generous advice.And just in case THAT’S not enough to lessen your fright, just tweet me or email me along the way and I’ll hold your hand.

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