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My Favorite Easter Brunch Recipe

on Apr 10, 2017 7:33:00 PM By | Corinne Cline | 1 Comment | Recipes Croissants Brunch
Every year, as Easter approaches, I begin to think about one of my favorite brunch recipes. It has become a tradition in our home to make this easy and delicious dish: Crème Brûlée French Toast. Whether you are feeding a hungry crowd or a family of four, Crème Brûlée French Toast makes a decadent brunch, without a lot of fuss. You can make this dish ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, pop it in the oven, and it's ready to be enjoyed. I really like how versatile the recipe is and how you can customize it by adding many different seasonal fruits. Here is my recipe:
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Macarons and Social Media: A Delicious Combination

on Jun 7, 2013 4:50:54 PM By | Corinne Cline | 1 Comment |
Thanks to Pierre Hermé’s latest iPhone app, now you won’t even have to leave your house to receive the best macarons in France. 
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Pierre Hermé vs. Ladurée: Macarons

on Mar 14, 2013 10:05:41 PM By | Corinne Cline | 2 Comments |
Hello everyone! My apologies for not writing recently. We had a terrible internet connection in Paris and spent an unexpected night in the Frankfurt airport on the way home. I won't go into all the gory details about our trip back to the States, but a word of advice: if you ever have to travel through Frankfurt, Germany, don't. 
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Palace of Versailles

on Mar 10, 2013 6:33:34 PM By | Corinne Cline | 0 Comments |
We left Epernay for Paris today and made a stop in Versailles for lunch and to visit the palace. We ate a lovely meal of mushroom and green bean salad, duck with garlic potatoes and warm chocolate cake at Brasserie du Theatre this afternoon. After we had all finished our espressos,we boarded the bus for the palace.
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19 glasses and counting...

on Mar 7, 2013 6:42:09 PM By | Corinne Cline | 1 Comment |
 I have consumed 19 glasses of champagne today. I think I might even submit a proposal to the Guinness Book of World Records. I mean we are in champagne country, but even this is a little excessive. My liver is going to need a vacation from this vacation. Yikes.
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Crème de Cassis and L'Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices Civils de Beaune

on Mar 6, 2013 8:54:27 PM By | Corinne Cline | 0 Comments |
 Bonjour! As we were only in Beaune for one evening, we ate breakfast at the hotel and set off for Epernay. On the way, we stopped at the Cassisium in Nuits St. Georges to learn the methods of producing blackcurrant liquor. Known as cassis, this liquor is a regional specialty here and the Védrenne Père et Fils distills one of the most popular brands in Burgundy. Our tour was guided by Jean-Michel Tissot, director of the Védrenne distillery.
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Bernachon and Beaune

on Mar 5, 2013 7:42:15 PM By | Corinne Cline | 0 Comments |
Whew! What a day! We checked out of our hotel early this morning and traveled to Les Halles, an indoor food market that has more than sixty stalls selling everything from whole chickens to classic French pastries. After eating a breakfast of wine and charcuterie (yes, it was eight in the morning and no, I don't have any problem drinking wine that early, thank you very much) we wandered through the stalls. My first stop was a pastry shop where I purchased a selection of macarons for, um, research purposes. I found my favorite flavors were the rose-raspberry, the sour cherry-ginger and the crème brûlée, all of which I would love to recreate in my pastry shop. We also came upon a stall that had a fabulous selection of local French cheeses. Unfortunately, I couldn't fit a fridge in my checked bag, so we were unable to buy any cheese, though I so desperately wanted to be able to take a bite out of Brittany or Provence. I think cheesemakers back home need to start forming blocks of cheddar into the shape of the US. Final score: France 1 - US 0.
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L'Institut Paul Bocuse

on Mar 4, 2013 5:57:10 PM By | Corinne Cline | 1 Comment |
 Bonjour! We had an incredibly busy and exciting day, which started with a roundabout trip to the Monoprix in Place de la République. For those of you not familiar with Monoprix, it's a French department store that sells everything from groceries to clothing to housewares. To put it simply, it's a three-story glorified Walmart.
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Tour of Beaujolais

on Mar 3, 2013 6:53:29 PM By | Corinne Cline | 1 Comment |
Salut! Today we traveled to the Beaujolais region of France for a visit to a nut oil mill and a vineyard. After enjoying a continental breakfast at our hotel, we boarded the bus for the Huilerie Beaujolaise, one of fifteen registered nut oil producers in France. Our tour guide was owner Jean Marc, whose parents originally purchased the shop space to establish a hardware store. At the age of ten, he found a neglected oil press behind the shop and his parents decided to start producing artisanal nut oils. Now, after taking over the family business, the Huilerie's oils are sought after by chefs around the world. I swear this kind of thing only happens in France.
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We've Arrived!

on Mar 2, 2013 6:10:23 PM By | Corinne Cline | 0 Comments |
Bonjour tout le monde! We have arrived! After an overnight flight from Boston to Munich and a one hour connection to Lyon, we are pretty tired! Following check in at the hotel in Lyon and a quick nap, we set out on a guided tour of Vieux Lyon. We started at the Basilica o
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