artichoke & apple soup

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The notion of implied meaning is the root of misunderstanding. —Eric Parslow

Every time I make this soup, I always feel that it came to be from a misunderstanding,  that it should really be made with sunchokes, the root vegetable (otherwise known as Jerusalem artichokes, which aren’t artichokes or from Jerusalem, for that matter), instead of with globe artichokes.

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roasted autumn vegetable pot pies

autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus

As easy as pie.

There’s something about pie, any kind of pie— gorgeous lattice top pies or rustic galettes, deep dish or pot pies, sweet or savory, fruit or vegetable, cheesy or meaty, hand pies from every corner of the earth… there’s something about taking pastry dough and wrapping it around, partially or completely, some kind of filling that makes it simply irresistible. autumn vegetable pot pies | conifères & feuillus Continue reading “roasted autumn vegetable pot pies”

a thousand years & classic ratatouille

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I have loved you for a thousand years,
I’ll love you for a thousand more.  -Christina Perri

My husband, John, and I dated during tumultuous times in our lives. Tumultuous because we were both at the dawning of our careers and were assiduously travelling around the globe on assignment; John, more often than I, and often on a moment’s notice. These were the days before smartphones and even smarter apps and if all our free time together was being spent on the burgeoning romance, then all our savings were being depleted on long distance phone calls.  When John found himself with a week to spare in between two European assignments, he asked me to meet him in Marseilles. At the time, I knew very little about Provence and I wondered “Why not Paris?” but I easily accepted just the same.Classic Ratatouille | conifères & feuillus Continue reading “a thousand years & classic ratatouille”