venice carnival

Carnival Time in Venice, Italy

Carnival celebrations take place around the world, but when we think of elegant masks and beautiful costumes, we think of Venice.  So in 2014 my husband and I decided to go and see for ourselves what the Venice Carnival was like.  We weren’t disappointed. People come from everywhere to see and be seen at the…

buche de noel, yule log cake

Thirteen Desserts? That’s my kind of Meal!

Christmas time in Provence and the south of France is full of traditions and, as with most good traditions, food is usually involved. Miniature wheat fields Preparations for the Christmas holiday meals begin on the 4th of December, St. Barbara’s day, with the planting of wheat (in the kitchen, that is). Wheat germ is placed…

George W Bush and turkey pardon

Of Turkeys and US Presidents

It seems that turkeys have long been considered as appropriate gifts for US presidents.   In recent years it has become customary for the president to pardon the live turkey presented to him the day before Thanksgiving.  But one of the earliest stories about a turkey being saved from the president’s holiday table goes back…