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Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris

@NH Parisian: Thank you for the tips! I will check out the stores this week. You talked about baking cranberry and pumpkin bread in an earlier post. Do you buy pumpkin puree? If so, where do you go? My French friends just informed me that they love pumpkin pie so I'd like to make it for them. I'd also like to avoid Thanksgiving and roasting my own pumpkin. Thanks!

Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris

@Phillamb168: Thanks for the tip re: M&S! I was so happy to see their affordable prices on baking soda. I'll have to go back and see what they have for Thanksgiving.

Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris

@NH Parisian: Which Monoprix carries fresh cranberries? I was going to do without but am tempted to buy some despite the price.
@Emily Monaco: Which Naturalia carries molasses? I have yet to spot it at the two locations that I visit the most.

David Lebovitz's Favorite Cookbooks

Loved this post! Thanks for covering one of my favorite writers/pastry chefs/bloggers.

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Always Worth The Price?

@Craig: Thank you for a great post. I forward to heirloom tomato season at the Union Square farmer's market every summer. This year I'm in Paris. My favorite market vendor told me their tomato season ends in August! I can't believe the season is so short. I haven't gotten my fill of Green Zebras or Purple Cherokees yet!

Cheese 101: Hard Facts About Hard Cheese

@Liz: Thanks for an informative, fantastic series. I am currently in Paris and can't get over the the quality of the cheese (AOC buffalo mozzarella, Comte, Saint Nectaire, etc) at the average grocery stores. They are unbelievably cheap, too.

Eating Along the Orient Express: From London to Istanbul

@JustJoan: Totally agreed. Reading comprehension is a lost art these days.
@Lauren: Thanks for the lovely article and photos. Your trip was an inspiration!

Where to Drink Coffee in Midtown Manhattan

@Liz: Thank you for a timely article! Blue Bottle has been a lifesaver in the wasteland that is Midtown. Ninth Street is also good for a change of pace.
@Hey19: I used to patronize Fika and ZIbetto, but neither place compares to third generation roasters such as Blue Bottle and Ninth Street. I appreciate the consistently delicious product at the latter two companies. Fika and Zibetto have a great vibe and pleasant baristas but I haven't been wowed by their product. In my experience, Zibetto does a better job of espresso drinks than Fika. Fika's baristas almost always burn the milk, and they don't know the difference between cold brewed vs. standard iced coffee. If I'm paying a premium price, I expect a premium product. Hope that helps!

PSA: Kinder Eggs are finally legal in the U.S.!

@Boobird: Thank you for your help with the links!
Kinder Eggs were one of my favorite childhood chocolates. I even found them in Mongolia two years ago. They were made for the Russian/Eastern European market.
My coworker still has the little wooden airplane she found in a Kinder Egg as a child. Who knew the company used to make wooden toys?
I wish NYC stores still carried them. I loved buying Kinder Eggs (and other Kinder chocolates) at my local East Village deli. Looks like I'll have to content myself with the Kinder Hippos!

PSA: Kinder Eggs are finally legal in the U.S.!

PS. Apologies for the "link text". It does work! Or you can go to

Ask a Barista: What Drink Do You Hate Making?

@Meister: Thanks for a fun, educational series and for asking honest questions. The informed opinions from trained professionals have been enjoyable reading. The insecure comments from fragile egos are less so, but that's the beauty of the Internet. Everyone gets a voice, for better or worse. Keep up the good work!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

Hot months: cold brewed with a dash of half and half
Rest of the year: Aeropress with a dash of half and half

Mixed Review: Target's Monster Cookies

@toad3000: Monocle, an English magazine, said Target gave $150K to Tom Emmer because of his pro-business policies. I was surprised American media sources did not report this fact. Emmer was a Republican candidate who is anti-gay views and pro-business. In response to the outcry, Target made a $150k donation to gay and lesbian organizations. Target also donates and supports local communities and emerging designers. I know people who have benefited from them. I have also heard they are anti-union but that is another topic.
Back on topic...Lucy, thanks for these reviews. They are fun to read.

Cook the Book: 'At Elizabeth David's Table'

alice waters, jeffrey steingarten, elizabeth david, MFK fisher, the dean & deluca cookbook, and cook's illustrated's "the best recipe."


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