Fry Pan Cookies—And a Midwestern Christmas Story

A recipe for Fry-Pan Cookies, a classic mid-century recipe. And a story about these lovely gems.

Bonjour mes amis. I’ve been a regular cookie-baking machine these past few days! I can’t say my faves are French…but they sure are good (I give links to the recipes I’m making, below).

As I was making cookies,

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My French Christmas Menu + French Christmas Wine Pairings

Pâté Canapé: Lush, elegant choice for New Year's Eve.

My French Christmas menu, with wine pairings.

After hosting a houseful at Thanksgiving, it’s going to be just a handful at Christmas. That, and the fact that it’s Christmas, means that this is the perfect year for beef tenderloin. Nothing beats this opulent cut, especially when you serve it with my Mushroom Fricassé.

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French Chicken-Rice Soup for What Ails You

French Chicken-Rice Soup. I discovered the recipe once when I was ailing in France, and it's been a favorite palliative ever since.

French Chicken-Rice Soup. I discovered the recipe once when I was ailing in France, and it’s been a go-to palliative ever since.

Do you happen to know anyone who’s ailing right now—perhaps down for the count with a head cold? I do! And that would be me. I’m just getting over one of

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