Rustic Frangipane Rhubarb Tart

Already, the rhubarb recipes are frequent here on TSLL, but as they should be I say as it is spring-time after all, and rhubarb is scrumptious and so simple to bake for delicious treats. As well, my single rhubarb plant keeps growing and offering its seasonal goodness, and I am happy to oblige by taking […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Episode #2, Season 1

One of my favorite desserts that I wait for with anticipation after a long winter is a strawberry rhubarb tart. As rhubarb is one of the first foods in the garden to push its way through the soil, in only a few more weeks time, late spring, the strawberries become ripe and extremely fresh and […]

Blueberry & Rhubarb Crostata

Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good […]

A New Summer Dessert – Blueberry & Rhubarb Galette

Spring, especially early spring, signifies the arrival of one of the earliest fruits to arrive in the garden: rhubarb. And as I have forever been a fan of rhubarb tarts and especially strawberry rhubarb tarts and pies, I heard a rumor while listening to my weekly favorite podcast The Splendid Table of a new combination […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlet

One of the things I look forward to with the arrival of spring is rhubarb and being able to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry-rhubarb anything.  I’ve adapted a pie recipe, sweetened up the crust a bit and made tarts instead this year, and I must say it is a huge improvement.  Feel […]

This & That: May 15, 2020

Books about food, life, letting go, living and eating well, a packable classic rain coat for spring showers, delicate, simple scrumptious pajamas, a new book about Paris and podcasting, market baskets and even more. Books —The Lemonade Life: How to Fuel Success, Create Happiness and Conquer Anything by Zack Friedman Released last fall to high […]

16 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

April brought the beauty, the natural beauty, and it was a much needed distraction and tool to awaken and remind me of all that is worth celebrating and focusing on in the everyday. April brought very few showers, but it brought much sunshine, and beautiful clear blue bird sky days as we call them in […]

9 Saturday Ponderings . . .

I’d like to think that I would teach myself how to swim if I knew I would have to do it, but it certainly would make it far more enjoyable and void of stress if I knew not only how to swim prior to any required incident, but also found great enjoyment in gliding through […]

Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

“Life is short and absurd and run through with pain and sorrow. But even in the face of real suffering, gardening can make our days shine with joy.” —Monty Don Today is Earth Day, and so I chose today’s topic as a way to celebrate the good fortunate we have to live on our amazing […]

This & That: March 13, 2020

A Francophile podcast to help you dive deeper into French history, three new cookbooks, a film set in Britain about a moment in history that disrupted the patriarchy, Patrick Stewart on the piano and so much more. Books —The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger After reading an excerpt of Jonah Berger’s […]

Spring is Coming! 10 Things to Do to Be Ready When It Arrives

“I loved rhubarb, that hardy, underappreciated garden survivor that leafed out just as the worst of winter melted away.” —Judith Fertig When I saw the abundant, expansive green leaves and hot pink stalks, so thick and strong, singing to let their delicious tartness be appreciated, I knew my potential home was a home where such […]

This & That: March 6, 2020

A new French-food-inspired cookbook, a beautiful tour of homes from Eyeswoon’s Athena Calderone (Jenna Lyons’ and Nate Berkus just to name a few!), a new film rendition of a Jane Austen classic, Monet comes to Atelier des Lumieres in Paris, timeless decor and entertaining details, a sale not to miss and so, so, so much […]

This & That: November 15, 2019

Beauty —Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant About a month ago, I began using Eminence’s strawberry rhubarb dermafoliant once a day to gently exfoliate my skin. Recommended by the facialist I visit on a seasonal basis, I trust her taste and decided to give it a try. And I am quite happy that I did. The price […]

My Friday Night Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta, Episode 2, Season 2

Weekly rituals infused into our everyday routines welcome anticipation with quick attainment, as we can look forward to them four or sometimes five times a month and experience the culmination in relatively a short amount of time. Such is the case for my Friday Nigh Lemon Butter Shrimp Pasta. For nearly 12 years and likely […]

This & That: May 17, 2019

Cookbook —Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal by Allison Day With plant-forward recipes from the blogger behind Yummy Beat, discover new, inpired ways to update your lunch. Inspired by the seasonal fare and her travels around the globe, discover simple, delicious and healthy recipes to add to your midday eating repertoire. […]

A Simple French Fall Dessert: Pear Clafoutis

Simple, delicious and seasonal. Somehow, this always leads me to some detail of the recipe that is inspired from the French culinary world, and the recipe showcased in the final episode of Season 1 is no different. Having heard the term clafoutis many years before, it certainly was something that caught my ear, but for quite […]

Cooking in Provence with Patricia Wells

“Wake up and look for the happiness and share it.” —thoughts about life shared at one of the many lunches enjoyed with Patricia and Walter Wells on their terrasse in Provence. There are many different ways to learn any new skill, acquire any new information, to understand new-to-you concepts. For some, becoming accustomed to direct […]

This & That: June 15, 2018

Book —Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom Loving. Absolutely loving. I almost didn’t write anything more as the title speaks for itself, and then when I share that the four cities are Paris, Istanbul, New York City and Florence, isn’t the deal sealed? So far I have […]

211: How to Stay Relevant in Our Ever-Changing World & Embrace Each Year More than the Last

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #211 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio | YouTube | Spotify In America we have the story that … your sex drive evaporates. … Nobody wants to sleep with you, but you don’t want to sleep with them either. … And it turns out that that is really much more of a cultural story than […]

This & That: May 4, 2018

Beauty —Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask As someone who is always looking for quality beauty products that I can depend upon, I took note after reading a blog post which shared beauty hacks that are worth having on hand. Customers continue to give it high reviews as it offers fast wrinkle-free […]

165: How to Enjoy Eating Every Day and Love the Results

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #165 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Right food, right place, right time. It is my belief . . . that this is the best recipe of all. A crab sandwich by the sea on a June afternoon; a slice of roast goose with applesauce and roast potatoes on Christmas Day; hot sausages […]

Self-Awareness, Relationships, Style & the Met Gala: My Interview with Stylist Tiffani Rogers

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #156 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio Each time NYC stylist Tiffani Rogers stops by The Simple Sophisticate podcast we begin with a conversation about the most recent trends and fashion events, but then it leads to a life discussion as we both, women in our 30s who are striving to enjoy the […]