Sunday, June 28, 2009

Quote of the Week ~

Landscape near Martigues
by Maurice de Vlaminck
"I was poor but I knew that life is beautiful. And I had no other ambition than to discover with the help of new means those deep inner ties that linked me to the very soil." Maurice de Vlaminck

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Le Jour De Père Heureux !

"A father is a banker...
provided by nature."-- French Proverb

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Overnight Baguette Baked French Toast

Overnight Baguette Baked French Toast


  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 12 3/4-inch-thick French bread slices
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • confectioners' sugar


Spread butter over bottom of large baking pan (jelly roll pan) with 1-inch-high sides. Arrange bread slices in the pan. Combine eggs, half and half, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in large bowl; whisk until blended. Pour egg mixture over bread. Turn bread slices to coat. Cover with wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat oven to 400°. Bake French bread 10 minutes. Turn bread over and continue baking just until golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes longer. Transfer cooked French toast to plates and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve hot, with maple syrup and your favorite fruit topping.

Serves 6.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Paris France Facts

photo by DestinationParis
Paris is the capital and largest city of France and the capital of the Île-de-France région (also known as 'Région Parisienne') that, encompassing Paris and its suburbs ('petite' et 'Grande Couronne', ie Paris and seven departements). The city is situated on the banks of the River Seine.
  • Population: 2.150 million
  • The international capital of fashion, art, and gastronomy, it is widely regarded as one of the world's major global cities
  • The city headquarters of many international organisations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the ICC, or the informal Paris Club.
  • Represents France's most dynamic centre of economic activity and one of the world economic engine being in fact the fifth world biggest economy by metro area.
  • Frankish King Clovis resided in Paris and became capital of France in 987
  • Paris was center of French Revolution, which started with fall of city's Bastille prison in 1789, and was capital of Napoleon's vast empire
  • Hosted Olympic Games in 1900 and 1924
  • Eiffel Tower, Completed in 1889, this colossal landmark, although initially hated by many Parisians, is now a famous symbol of French civic pride.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, this famous cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture on which construction began in the 12th century, stands on the Île de la Cité and is the symbolic heart of the city.
  • Luxembourg Gardens, these formal gardens, open to only royalty before the French Revolution, now serve as one of Paris's most popular destinations for relaxation.
  • Louvre Palace-Museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Louvre is considered the world's greatest art museum, with an unparalleled collection of items covering the full spectrum of art through the ages.
  • Arc de Triomphe, This world-famous landmark structure has served ever since the days of Napoleon as a symbol of victory for triumphant French troops returning home.
  • Pantheon, this ancient church is the resting place for many of France's greatest heroes.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Brushstrokes of Pure Color

"Je veux peindre comme si aucun peintre n'avait peint avant moi." ("I want to paint as if no painter had ever painted before me.") - Paul Cézanne

Wednesday, June 3, 2009