Olympic Proportions: “Rata-two-ie” or Ratatouille Two Ways

It must have been the sound of women’s gymnastics in the background.  I wanted to make ratatouille, but didn’t want it in just one form.  I wanted two incarnations, two opposing flavor profiles.  A competition of nations.  So, I made rata-TWO-ie.

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The Pearly Gates of Paris: Steak with Tarragon Mustard Sauce and Oven Frites

10 years after a cliché, yet life-changing experience as a backpacker through Europe, I returned.  We went to Paris.  But, I didn’t have to stuff a pack into a locker and wear flip-flops in the shower.  This time, there were chocolates waiting for me on my pillow, along with the weather report for the next day.  I could get used to this.

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Have a Ball: Mini-Meatballs with Cumin Yogurt vs. Risotto Balls with Marinara


It’s all a bit of a blur.

I agreed to prepare some finger foods at a friend and co-worker’s “summer kick-off” / house warming party.  In my usual fashion, I wasn’t satisfied with preparing something we already know is brilliantly crowd-pleasing.  Although, there was plenty of room for that.

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