Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Apricot-Raspberry Tart, Vanilla-Mango Panna Cotta, Cherry Crumb Tart & Bubble Top Eclairs

I like things to be ordered and controlled. My inner self is happy when life is balance.

However, I have learned over the years that it's not the ability to control that it is important but having the ability to manage my inability to control everything. It's a life skill, I tell you.

Much of my work career is spent managing things that are outside of my direct control.

Rolling with the punches.

Creating order out of chaos.

Once my children reached a certain stage of development, I slowly came to realize that there were limits of control in that area too.

Another case of rolling with the punches and limiting the effects of the chaos.

Buying and selling a house. OMG. The lack of control is mind boggling.

However, we survived. I survived.

And now it's time to retrospect two months of Baking Chez Moi (I will cover Baking with Julia in another post).


Catching Up (Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake, Chocolate Cherry Brownies & Franco-American Strawberry Shortcake)

Better late than never, right?

Here's some real talk.

When we decided to put our house on the market this spring, I figured it would be a minor inconvenience and then once we had a contract things would ease up and we could do some packing and life would go on as normal.

Clearly, I am an idiot.

The month of April was filled with major purging, putting a bunch of stuff in storage (and more purging), painting, cleaning, painting and fixing all the things that have been nagging us for the past nine years that we just never got around to fixing.

Savory & Sweet (Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Savory Puffs & White Chocolate Patty Cake)

Life is a balancing act.

Heavy. Light.

Fast. Slow.

Up. Down.

Dark. Bright.

Oh, and we can't forget sweet and savory..


It's just the place where you stop the story... (French Fridays with Dorie)

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  Lao-Tzu

I know that the final task in our French Fridays journey was to improvise on a AMFT recipe. But heck, my whole French Fridays journey has been one big improvisation (or "going rogue" as some might say), so why would I start following directions now?
I make no apologies.
Yes, it's about the food; but it stopped really being about the food a long time ago...

Before we all sail off into the sunset, it's time to make one final homage French Fridays with Dorie and Around My French Table


French Fridays with Dorie: Celebration Week #3: The Play-It-Again-Dorie Recipe

As we wind down our French Fridays with Dorie journey, we are taking some time to relive our most often reproduced recipe from Around My French Table.

My most made recipe from AMFT is Roast Chicken for Lazy People - hands down. However, I just don't have it in me to talk about chicken one more time - I feel like I've already beaten that horse...er chicken to death.