Where in the World Have I Been?

Ireland!

Mr.Sportcoat (sans sportcoat) and me at the Ladies’ View, Kerry, Ireland. What you’ve heard about Ireland is true: The landscape is beautiful and people are just so kind. What you might not know is that the food is amazing–these days, it’s every bit as good as in France. And in some

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Emile Zola, The Paris Review, and The Bonne Femme Cookbook

L’Assommoir, by Emile Zola. It’s nearly impossible to translate the title, but the cover gives you an idea: Un assommoir is the kind of bar you go into for one purpose: to get loaded.

When I was in my 30s, I began reading novels in Émile Zola‘s “Rougon-Macquart” series. These novels followed

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Instant Pot Pot-au-Feu Recipe + First Impressions on this Super-Popular Pot

French Pot-au-Feu // French Pot Roast for the Instant Pot

A friend let me borrow her Instant Pot while she’s out of town. After reading through the manual (zzzzzz) and checking out a few recipes in the booklet that came with the appliance, I adapted my French Pot au Feu recipe for the

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