The Land of Milk And Honey!

Hello friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in Mouliherne, France. It’s a blustery day here and my fruit trees which are loaded with fruit are whipping in the wind!  I sure hope they will hold on to their fruit. I have cherries, two types, white peaches, nectarines, pears, apples, […]

The Memory of Scent

Hello Friends and Campers! Denise here from the Loire Valley, France. The air here this first of May is sweet with the smell of lilacs and honeysuckle, and the roses and iris are about to burst into bloom. Here at Le Petit Saint Barnabé in Mouliherne, France I inherited several lilac shrubs; one white flowering […]

Notre Dame

Hello friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from the Loire River Valley, France. I write this blog today with a deep sadness in my heart. One of France’s most beloved cathedrals has burned and it will never be the same. One-thousand-year-old oak beams went up in smoke Monday as Parisians watched in horror. Notre […]

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 […]

The Fruits of the Season

Hello friends and fellow campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint Barnabé in Mouliherne, France. We have had some unseasonably warm weather here in the Loire River Valley for the past three weeks, but alas today the skies clouded up and much-needed rain has blessed us with its presence. This is the view […]

Cooking in France

Hello friends and campers! Gourmet Girl Denise here from Le Petit Saint-Barnabé, Loire Valley, France. I was recently invited to a dear friends home for dinner after a lovely bike ride through the countryside. I asked him what was on the menu and he said Brochet, which I interpreted as brochette, some kind of meat […]

Live Oak Stampede!

Howdy y’all, Gourmet Girl Gail here writing from Santa Barbara. A couple of weeks ago, Kathy Moran, Kathleen Murphy, and I headed over to Live Oak Camp to join 120 Sisters on the Fly for Live Oak Stampede. Live Oak is very close to my home, only about 40 minutes from S.B., off the 154. […]

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 […]