In a blatant theft of the idea from Chocolate and Zucchini here are my food picks (and pans) for 2006:
Favorite souvenir brought home from Paris
Mauviel copper pot and saucepan
My hometown favorites in Louisville (the places I keep saying I need to go somehere new but keep returning to)
The Irish Rover (salmon potato puffs!), Vietnam Kitchen (mock duck!), El Wattan (falafel and hummus), Cafe LouLou (spinach artichoke roll)
Favorite crazily expensive meal experience
Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago
Favorite use of endive
Tatin of Endive and Goat Cheese at L’Epi Dupin, Paris
Worst home cooked meal
Our attempt at L’epi Dupin’s Tatin of Endive and Goat Cheese
Biggest dining news in my old hometown (Somerset KY)
We can now get cocktails (albeit tasting like Nyquil meets KoolAid) in part of the formerly dry province of Pulaski County. Lakeside Pizza, home of the $4.00 atually not bad pizza, gets our patronage on every trip down home.
Favorite newly learned culinary term
Saint Jacques (I always just called them scallops). We feasted scallops every day in Normandy,
Favorite (ok,only) cooking class
Divina Cucina in Florence
My story on the cooking class is being published next month!)
with fresh white Alba truffles at Les saveurs de Flora in Paris. What is heaven if not fresh truffle season in a culinary paradise like Paris?
Most overdue home cooking purchase
A *gas* range – we’ve been cooking on electric 16 months, far too long! We broke our cook-at-home-no-eating-out record by making all our meals from scratch for four days.
Olde Pink House in Savannah. They were supposed to email us the recipe, but no luck.
The only food experience worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. for
Tour of Rungis Market in Paris.