morning in Dijon

Dijon is a beautiful and classy old town, and we’ve enjoyed exploring it on many occasions…it feels so old and bourgeois and so classically French.  Dijon’s distinctive half-timbered buildings. Dijon’s mascot, a wish-granting stone owl on the corner of a church, who has been rubbed for centuries for those seeking it’s favor.  Inside the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Dijon mustard, of course!…

anniversary meal

Back in June we were asked to prepare a special anniversary meal for 50 people here at the Château. It was great fun because I got to use some of the recipes I learned at cooking school, I had a somewhat larger budget than normal, had a fabulous group of kitchen help, and had my brand new KitchenAid! (Thanks, Aunt Tami!!!) Jay made fancy-shmancy…

the rest of cooking school

I’ve managed to make it through these six intense weeks of cooking school without cutting off any fingers or sustaining any third degree burns! I’ve learned how to make more kinds of stock than I knew existed, how to pull the stomach out of a crayfish, have been to a cheese-aging cave, and can now whip up a mean Hollandaise sauce. We also got…

art fair at our neighbors’

The past few months have been a whirlwind – a very tasty whirlwind, I might add. My six-week cooking class was rich in so many ways; I learned so much about French food and the surrounding culture and got a taste for what the Big Deal about French cuisine is all about. It’s pretty incredible. I’ll be posting photos of the course once I…

first two days of school

My first two days of class have been wonderful—I absolutely love it! But right now I’m ready to crawl into bed, so explanations of the photos will have to come later. 🙂

hello cooking school! (+ 9 days of Château cooking)

So, here are a few pictures of what I’ve been up to lately…lots and lots of Chateau cooking! We had a group here from Germany for 8 days, and then another group from Beaune/Dijon over the weekend. Thanks to our fabulous Château team and my wonderful mom-in-law who is visiting for a few weeks for making the week in the kitchen run so smoothly!…

weekly art wednesday: château front steps

For today, a little sketch I just finished up a few minutes ago of the Château front door and steps. They really aren’t bright orange and pink, just so ya know. But I just got this really awesome set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Inks and a bunch of colored tissue paper, and I was excited to play with the vibrant colors. Château…

spring: tree blossoms

my spring haiku  🙂 cherry blossoms fade in fact they’re already gone i wait for next year  wow, i don’t think i’ve written a haiku since the third grade! this fragile spring season reminds me of the fleeting, ephemeral quality of life…that grasp as i may, i can’t make things/people/experiences last forever. and isn’t that why they are so precious?  here are some blossoms…

weekly art wednesday: nadia the château cat, ink and collage

Here’s to our sweet little Château mascot, Nadia. Well, I don’t think the mice, birds, and lizards find her too sweet. And I guess neither do I when she brings those little gifts inside the house to be found in our closet, behind curtains, under our bed… The paper for the collage is from an old French literature textbook, and as chance would have…

home: bedroom

This room is one of my favorite places ever; I can’t believe we get to live in a real-life old stone cottage…in France! Pretty sure this will be the best bedroom of my life. It’s still under renovation, so I’ll try to post when we get it all finished up.