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living in France

I don’t find it too hard adjusting to life in France, but this year I moved to a bigger city, so I am trying to reach out and meet as many people as possible.  Maybe since I have lived in France for a year and a half now, I just forgot the problems from the past.  Positive thinking!  It does wonders.

If you have any questions about life abroad, feel free to ask in the comment section below.  :)

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Thoughts and Ideas

So, I have been a royal bum lately!  I started this food blog over a year ago, but I just can’t seem to commit to making regular entries.  So, I ask myself why this is?  Well, for starters, I sometimes just forget to take pictures of the food that I make.  It is not necessary to have a photo with a recipe, but oftentimes a picture can express more than words.  I could tell you how good it is or just show you a picture that makes your mouth water!

Hmm… maybe another reason that I don’t make regular posts is because I feel kind of dorky writing stories prior to my recipes.  I just want to say, “It is awesome!  Make it and you will love it!”, The End.  I personally never really read other peoples’ stories, so I don’t really want to write my own… Well, the solution I have come up with, is to just write random blog stories and let the recipes be what they are, just recipes!  :)

Hope that works for you!  We’ll see if it works for me, too!  ;)

Squash Mac-n-Cheese

Here is a recipe that I kind of moshed together after searching for delicious dishes to make with squash. Hope you enjoy! The measurements are guesstimated to my tastes.

Ingredients: makes 4-6 servings

  • 1 medium onion (I used a couple shallots in mine)
  • 200g pasta, ~1/2 pound (I used baby shells)
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 200g cheese, ~7oz or ~2c. shredded (I used Emmental/Swiss)
  • 2-3 tbsp butter
  • 2 heaping tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (I used 1c. milk & 1/2c. cream)

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Sampling Various French Wines

Bought some wine back in December and thought I’d share our reviews with you.  We didn’t get to taste them all for various reasons, but here is a little information on each wine.  :)

2008 Fayard, Domaine de Fondrèche; like a Southern CDR, light to medium body fruity red wine
Grape varieties: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Carignan, and 10% Mourvèdre

*I don’t remember the characteristics of this wine exactly, but we bought it because it was fairly inexpensive.  So, I would recommend it as a nice wine to drink during the week.  Good, but nothing spectacular/memorable.

2007 Mas Amiel from Maury; a sweet medium bodied red wine, great with chocolate! Aromas of black and red fruits; serve chilled 12-14C (54-57F)
Grape variety: Grenache

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Salon des vins des vignerons independants

On Saturday 31/10, we went to a salon with some friends and tasted the afternoon away! I won’t be able to tell you exactly how each smelled and tasted, because we had so many, but I will try to tell you a little about each wine that we tried.

2007 Pouilly Fuisse from Bourgogne; Domaine les Vieux Murs; scents of grilled almonds, hazelnut, and white flowers.
Grape variety: Chardonnay

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