Joyeux Noel and Happy Hanukah!

Hello, fellow campers, wanderers, and food lovers! Well, here we are again ready to celebrate Christmas and the year’s end. This year seems to have gone by very quickly, and maybe that’s a blessing after all. What a year it’s been! We have lost so many souls to the dreaded Covid and the resulting lockdowns […]

Summer’s End

Hello friends, fellow campers, and gourmets! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. The days are getting noticeably shorter as fall sets in and the swallows and swifts have fledged their young and moved away. Evenings are cool and the veggie garden is pumping out the last of the season’s tomatoes and my […]

The Slow Life

Hello, campers, food enthusiasts, and cooks everywhere! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. Well, what a strange time we are living in right now, n’est ce pas? Here in France, we have just completed a two-week lockdown only to be told we will have to stay on lockdown another month, until April […]

How Much Is Enough?

Hello, fellow campers, chefs, and lovers of food! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley, France. It has been a while since I have been in communication, mostly because it has been a very busy holiday season for me over here and the remodel of my farmhouse continues. A wonderful WorkAway fellow, Mark,  […]

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head!

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Pays de Loire, France. Well, the rains have begun and the days are getting shorter, but my garden just won’t quit. My hollyhocks re-sprouted and my ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ climbing rose at the kitchen door are still blooming.     I am still harvesting […]

Autumn in France

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire, France. The rains have begun intermittently with sporadic sunshine peeking through the grey clouds from time to time. The air is crisp at night though it is still too warm during the day to start a fire in my dining room fireplace. This particular fireplace (there […]

Summertime!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé, Mouliherne, France. The weather is hot here at the homestead in the Loire River Valley. The mercury is topping out this week at 40 degrees centigrade or 104 degrees Fahrenheit! Yikes! Lemonade consumption is going to be high and I will […]

An Early Spring

Hello friends! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the beautiful Loire River Valley, France. Spring has come early to the Loire this year, and the winter was very mild. Many of you may already know that in the States I worked as a landscape designer, and although I have yet to create gardens for clients here […]

The Hunt Is On!

Hello Friends, Gourmet Girl Denise here. The last leaves have fallen from the trees here in the Loire River Valley and there is a chill in the air. Two weeks ago the night temperature dipped below freezing, and when I awoke the next morning and stepped outside my tomato plants were black and had turned to […]