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 […]

The Hunt is On!

Hello friends and fellow campers! Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in the Loire Valley, France. I am filled with a bit of sadness as I write this week, as my two hundred and seventy-one poplar trees are being cut down outside right now. The big saw is buzzing and the sound of the […]

Salad Lovers, Rejoice!

Hello Fellow Gourmands! Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara where the weather is heating up. August tends to be one of the warmest months here and elsewhere . . . the dog days of summer is a phrase that comes to mind. When temps reach into the 80s and upwards I tend to […]

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 […]

Grilled Cheese Smackdown with Toad&Co

Dear Friends and Foodies! Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from windy Santa Barbara. Did you know that April 12 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day? Yep! It has its own unofficial holiday, celebrating one of the most popular comfort foods on the planet. In a ranking of America’s favorite cheesy foods, pizza ranks #1 (94% of […]

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 […]

Spring Is On Its’ Way!

Hello Friends and Fellow Campers, Today the sun came out for the first time in over a week and it was warm outside! You Southern Californians probably can’t relate to my exuberance over one sunny day, but then you haven’t experienced the Loire in the winter. Every morning I dress up in multiple layers of wool […]

The Snowbirds Visit — Part I

Greetings! Gourmet Girl Gail here reporting from Santa Barbara. I’m happy to say that we’re getting buckets of much needed rain along the California coast. Our lakes are filling up, creeks are flowing, and thankfully there has been only minor flooding and debris flow so far. I’m hoping things will dry up a bit later […]