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To say hello


Anyone still out there? It feels like I’ve been gone for ages. Whew.

We just got home last night, and today I am woozy with jet lag, but I had to pop in for a minute to say hello. Even more, I wanted to thank you for bearing with me lately - with my nasty case of the flu, and then with my running off, willy-nilly, on vacation for two weeks. I feel much better, I’m happy to report, although that was one hell of a flu. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It was mean.

But pitted against gaufres de Liège, and all that frothy Belgian beer, and Paris’s infinitely restorative butter and cheese and baguettes and wine and candied bacon ice cream (yes, I can attest; that stuff really is delicious), it didn’t stand a chance. Not a one.

More on all that on Monday, I promise - once I’ve had a little more sleep. I woke up this morning feeling as though my head had been rung out like a wet washcloth and then hastily heaped back onto my neck. It feels good to be home, but I think it’ll feel even better in a few days. Especially once I figure out how to make the Moroccan crêpes we ate at Brussels’s Marché du Midi, warm and fat with fresh goat cheese, honey, and spicy olives. That’ll feel very, very good.

But before another second goes by - and because I, oof, forgot to tell you about it before I left - I wanted to remind you that Brandon and I will be teaching a cooking class next week, on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 pm. As with our previous class, this one will be held at In the Kitchen, at 207 Unity Street in Bellingham. (Note: not in Seattle! I hear there was a bit of confusion about this last time.) We’re calling the class Eggs 101, and in it, we’ll be tackling all things egg-related, from mayonnaise (the topic, as it happens, of my column in the April issue of Bon Appetit; so handy!) to perfect poached and hard-boiled eggs, souffle, and possibly, if I can kick this jet lag fast enough to practice them, pavlovas. (Jet lag, jet lag, go away.)

To sign up or get more information, send an e-mail to classes (at) inthekitchenbellingham (dot) com, or call 360.733.1267. And for a slideshow - thanks, Gabe! it's gorgeous! - of our previous class, click here.

Talk to you in a few days, friends.


Anonymous Aylin said...

beautiful slide show. so inspiring.

7:58 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger ooooner said...

so happy you're back safe and had a wonderful time! i've only recently stumbled upon your blog (this is my first comment) and have already made your chewy cocoa cookies, chana masala and spiced eggplant, and the citrus-peanut soba noodles. your recipes are fantastic! keep it up.

8:18 PM, March 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must know the name of the music from the slide show...wonderfully needed and healing on this particular night.

8:28 PM, March 12, 2008  
Anonymous Eric said...

That last question I can answer, at least. The music over the slide show is the main theme from the movie Amelie, which I highly recommend. Beyond that, I'll wait patiently for the crepe recipe, and further ponder finding a copy of Bon Appetit.

11:00 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger Kitt said...

Wow! What a great slideshow! Beautifully presented. And such nice space to work in. I love that they have a video screen above so people can really see what you're doing.

Welcome back. Looking forward to more great recipes.

11:01 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger Wesa said...

I'm glad you're back!

11:13 PM, March 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back. am excited to hear more about your trip to paris!

11:38 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger gabe said...

thanks for the link Molly, much appreciated.

The song from the slideshow is from the movie Amelie, it's called Les Jours Tristes by Yann Tiersen.

11:43 PM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger Aran said...

I'm so happy you are back. I was missing your posts! I can't wait to read about your bacon ice cream. I actually attempted to make it at work about 3 years ago and we didn't know what to think of the result. It wasn't candied though so that might make a huge difference. I can't wait!
I had seen the slideshow before when you had the class. Wonderful.
Hope you feel better soon!

1:43 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Samarahuel said...

Welcome back! Know that you were missed by this regular reader but first-time commenter.During your absence I made the tomato sauce you mentioned in your last post, and loved it. In fact, over the past few months I have made many of your recipes and have not been dissapointed yet. It started with Almost-Summer Rice Noodle Salad (or Middle-of-Winter Rice Noodle Salad, as it were), followed by granola, tortillas, Chocolate Featherweight Cookies, and two of the three banana breads you have within your recipe index. It seems that when I want to make a particular dish, the first thing I think is, "I wonder if Molly has a recipe for this," before perusing that handy index for it (as in the case of the long-pursued Poppa al Pomodoro recipe, which was perfect). This activity usually leads to distraction; hours go by, hours spent gazing at your photos and immersing myself in your wonderful writing. There is a warm-fuzzy, real quality to both your pictures and your words. I love it. And if all this wasn't enough, you present the slideshow, with the amazing music of Yann Tiersen! How I adore his work! I don't know how I didn't make the connection before, but you, this blog, and his music seem to be made for each other. It is all truly lovely.

1:55 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Miriam said...

Yann Tiersen
Les Jours Tristes

1:58 AM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous L*Joy said...

thanks for popping in to let all of our waiting eyes know you had the best of times.
looking forward to monday.

4:08 AM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Hi Molly, good to hear that you had a great trip to Brussels and Paris! I live in Brussels and love the Turkish pancakes (I think they are called Goezleme) at the Marche du Midi. They are divine. Turkish friends of mine shared a recipe with me to make these pancakes. It's a simple yeast-dough:

500g flour,
1/2 tsp fresh yeast,
1/2 tsp salt and sugar each.

Sift flour and salt in a big bowl. Mix yeast and sugar with a bit of warm water till it has dissolved, let stand for 10 minutes. Then add it to the flour-salt-mix and slowly add as much water at room temperature (or a bit warmer) till you have a soft, elastic dough that is not sticky. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Let rest for 1h, in a warm place, covered with a kitchen towel. Then, divide dough in 10 equal sized parts, roll into flat pancakes of 0.5 millimeter and fry them in a pan with a bit of butter (or olive oil) on both sides till they are crispy. They are also really good when you fill the dough with a mix of feta cheese and parsley (you can also add spinach), shaped into very flat pockets and fried till they are crisp on the outside and warm and gooey inside. Hope they'll help you over the jet lag!

4:37 AM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous emily said...

welcome home!

the slide show is glorious. and this is the second time this morning (it's not yet 9am) that i've wished i lived on the other coast. how i'd like to be at your egg class! (and curious about what you were doing with the whole heads of cauliflower in the previous class.)

also, i caught a glimpse of your red shoes there! red shoes, my favorite.

may your jet lag evaporate so you can get to those crepes...

5:42 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Amanda said...

Its always a relief to feel better after your illness takes its toll. I really like the photo of the closed umbrellas with the red roses. Beautiful!

6:05 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Mevrouw Cupcake said...

That waffle has my name on it...yum.
Welcome back, looking forward to hearing about all culinary adventures.

7:01 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

welcome back! it's a bit like a vacation just to get your pictures and glorious description, thank you...

7:09 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Val said...

Molly you two are adorable. What a great slideshow, it made my early, rainy, Oregon morning. Thanks!

7:23 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Astrid said...

Hei Molly. That's slideshow really made me want to skip my mountain easter plans and join you for your next class. So inspiring!

8:51 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger nicole said...

hey there -
just wanted to comment that this analogy re jetlag
"...head had been rung out like a wet washcloth and then hastily heaped back onto my neck"
is so true! hope you re-acclimate soon. and, love the photos here.

9:00 AM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous KatyBelle said...

Welcome back! Ça semble que votre vacance était incroyable, je suis si jalouse!

9:09 AM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous Amber said...

Beautiful pictures...oh how I love Belgian beer...the most delicious thing to drink ever!!
Can't wait to see the crepe recipe...they sound delicious!
Welcome back and hope the jet lag clears soon.

11:07 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger pomegranate said...

Oh oh dreamy sigh.
I really just want to echo everyone else's sentiments.

The slide show is amazing. It made me want to slide a huge metal table into the middle of my kitchen and just spread out and get to work.
The music from Amelie fit so perfectly. One of my favorites.

Hurrah for you guys. I love it.

11:31 AM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

Yay, so glad you're back! (Although I hope you didn't think about us and your blog too much at all and just had yourselves a splendid time over there.) And bacon ice cream, indeed! Just last night at our potluck my friend and I were trying to figure out how we might pull just such a thing off.

12:01 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

You guys are so cute! I hope you had a great time on your trip and can't wait to hear more about it!

12:36 PM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous BipolarLawyerCook said...

Welcome back. Can't wait to read more.

1:02 PM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous Paulina said...

Yay you're back! I just recently discovered your blog and it is absolutely wonderful :) Les gaufres de Bruxelles look so delicious; I had to watch a short video on Belgium for my French class this past quarter and they only mentioned les gaufres for one or two seconds but I couldn't stop thinking about it for the rest of the video (and for the rest of the quarter...) Can't wait to hear all about your trip!

1:27 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Babeth said...

Welcome back Molly :-)

1:49 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger EB of SpiceDish said...

Welcome Home!

1:53 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Lori Pickert said...

welcome home! :^)

2:02 PM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous Ashley said...

I'm quite jealous that you got to sample David's ice cream. I have been meaning to give it a try.
It's so fun to read all the lovely compliments on the photos. Thanks for sharing the link and I can't wait for the Eggs class.

2:17 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

Oh, thank you for coming back! I'm sure it must have been ever so tempting to stay in Paris. I hear there's something about it in the Springtime... lalala.

I quoted your "boozyade" post ("Global warming, is that you? ...I think I love you.") when on a walk last week on a strangely warm afternoon before the bizarre early-March snowstorm that hit last weekend. So your influence has been extended to the meteorological, not just the culinary.

2:27 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Caterine said...

you were in belgium?!?

2:56 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Emilie said...

Bonjour Molly
Your new pictures posted on flickr brought me so much joy I had add a comment on your blog for the first time...You made my day. I know it's weird..but I missed you! Can't wait to read more about your trip & other food stories.
Welcome back dear Molly.

5:04 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Carolyn said...

it has been forever! But glad to hear you're back and I'm looking forward to more delicious tales...

6:29 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger big city girl said...

There are a few crepe type breads from Morocco: baghrir is spongy and has holes in it, is only cooked on one side. malewi/msammen/ghrief is more like maylasian roti. i love them both.

7:27 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger TaRosa said...

Welcome back. I have been obsessively checking your blog for... two weeks! Yay!!! More deliciousness coming soon-- all deliciously presented, of course.

8:15 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger shari said...

loving your photos. so glad you are back. hi to brandon too. xo

8:41 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Michelle said...

Glad to see you're back!
Loved the slide show. Just so happens both my kids love Amelie! My son plays piano version of that music. Can't wait to hear more about your trip.

9:17 PM, March 13, 2008  
Blogger Kelsey said...

So glad to have you back! It sounds like you had a wonderful and delicious trip. I can't wait to see all the delicious recipes you'll recreate from your travels. Welcome home!

9:47 PM, March 13, 2008  
Anonymous David said...

Glad you liked the ice cream. And although it wasn't necessary, that lovely green umbrella you left as a hostess gift (right?), is certainly coming in handy during this rainy weather...

12:42 AM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Annina said...


I really love your blog! Just that you know.. I added your link to my food-blog! Hope that's ok!!

greetings - ann


5:39 AM, March 14, 2008  
Anonymous Hillary said...

So glad you're back safe and sound after a fabulous trip! Can't wait to hear all about it! How amazing was Belgiummm? I need to go back to Europe (I've only been to the Netherlands and Belgium).

10:42 AM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger unapparentlyso said...

Hello, I stumbled upon your blog when you were on the the Blogger Buzz page. I enjoy your entries. They read like chapters in a well-written novel.

Regarding the cooking class- Wish I lived in the area! Suggestion: Quiche! :)

12:28 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Nicole said...

Oh Molly! I just read your article in Bon Appetit this month. 3 hits in a row (should I have expected less?)!!! So great! I also find it ironic or à propos that you write about mayonnaise and aioli as I am new to the blogging world but have titled my blog, "Art and Aioli". Sadly or cheesily enough, I included my quickie recipe for aioli using store bought mayonnaise. Now I feel a little silly. You truly are a professional! Bravo! And your trip to Paris sounds divine. Oh to have a REAL baguette again. Please come and visit my site if you ever have a moment. I hope you don't mind that I added you in my link section. Thanks again for great inspiration!

2:21 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Lisa Conmara said...

delighted your back and with such a lovely post - i love your blog!

3:12 PM, March 14, 2008  
Anonymous EB said...

can we discuss that you, god among women, make your own mayo??! Bologna roll-up anyone?

3:59 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Clear Pink said...

i am very jealous of your trip. i need a vacation. can't wait to read more...

4:08 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Lynn said...

That was a great slide show!! Would love to be living in your area so I could get to your class!
Glad you enjoyed your trip...Welcome back!

8:23 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad the flu didn't keep you from enjoying Paris or the bacon ice cream (really??). Your column in Bon Appetite is the first thing I turn to now. Excellent, as always.

9:17 PM, March 14, 2008  
Blogger Thea said...

I'll see you in class!

8:02 AM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous knotted said...

While you were gone, I discovered your blog and have spent the last week mostly sick and mostly trolling your blog for things to make me feel better. I haven't been disappointed yet! Thanks for a great blog and reminding me how much I love banana bread.

8:18 AM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous robin (caviar and codfish) said...

Mmmm Bacon Ice Cream!!

Glad you enjoyed the trip. Hope your jet lag is waning!

9:01 AM, March 15, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

p.s. The slide show is beautiful. Props to Gabe. And also to you two - what a beautiful life you're spinning for yourselves. It might not be immediately obvious but I get a similar feeling, in fact, when I think of our life here ... the creativity, the making your own rules, the pride in doing something well, maybe lots of the same headaches too! Perhaps this is something anyone who doesn't have a boss has?

10:27 AM, March 15, 2008  
Blogger Morgan Lee said...

Welcome home!

The slideshow was truly lovely. so classy! I wish I could attend one of your cooking classes! :)


10:57 AM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous Melanie said...

Welcome back--feel better and keep on blogging.
Is the candied bacon ice cream really good??

3:05 PM, March 15, 2008  
Anonymous We Are Never Full said...

Very beautiful blog. I also wanted to comment because I just watched you and your husband's (fiance?)feature from the Food Network about your meeting. I felt a connection b/c without the internet me and my husband would never have had a relationship and now, without our love of food, drink, cooking and travel, we wouldn't be together! It was a very sweet story (pun intended?), but it also helped remind me of my own 'luv story'. Have a wonderful day!

Amy @ http://www.weareneverfull.com

9:45 AM, March 16, 2008  
Blogger theitaliandish said...

You're back! I'm glad you're finally posting again. The slideshow was first rate.

12:29 PM, March 16, 2008  
Blogger rachel said...

Yay! You are back!

But that was quick - seems like Cakespy & I were just saying that you were going...

Welcome back!!!

I do enjoy your blog!

8:17 PM, March 16, 2008  
Anonymous Alison said...

Of course we're still here! I've been checking compulsively to see when you're back. Can't wait to hear about Paris.

This is my first time commenting. I discovered your blog about a month ago and have been reading through your archives every chance I get. I love the way that in writing about food you write about so much more, but with a beautifully light touch. Very inspiring.

Nous sommes heureux d'entendre votre "voix" de nouveau!
(I hope that's right; I'm a little rusty.)

9:17 PM, March 16, 2008  
Blogger Erin said...

Hi! It's my first time posting, but it seems like the right time now. I'm in the Netherlands right now, visiting family, and head to Paris on Wednesday. Is it not the most amazing city?! I love it, and this will be the first time my husband and I visit together. So romantic!

Also, I read your mayo article on the way over to Europe. I think my mom and I will try it this week. I'd run across your blog before, but now that I've made the Bon Appetit connection I think I'm here for good. Good luck with the jet lag!

1:56 AM, March 17, 2008  
Anonymous sarahK said...

wow. that slideshow was beautiful and made me want to quit my day job so badly. gorgeous!

9:26 AM, March 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am forever indebted to my mother for many things, most recently, introducing me to your blog! I just love the "feel" of it! So now that I am in my happy place, I simple must go and explore the candied bacon ice cream.


1:57 PM, March 17, 2008  
Blogger amisha said...

welcome back molly! i just read your mayonnaise article and it was fantastic. can't wait to try it! xo

3:37 PM, March 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey molly,
i was reading a food blogger while you were gone, i think you and others might enjoy her...
blushinghostess. she's a riot.
john m.

11:28 AM, March 18, 2008  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Welcome back! I'm going to Paris for a few days in June/July...can't wait!

I made a variation on your granola...I had been looking to make some for a while, and your recipe is by far the easiest I've seen. I used sliced instead of chopped almonds, omitted the granulated sugar, sadly had to omit the coconut(didn't have any), and added a little flax seed and wheat germ for a nutritional boost. Oh, and used 70% dark chocolate (it's what I had on hand).

I had hoped that it would be around for the rest of the week, but after tasting it, I'm not so sure. Thanks! Love your blog.

6:26 PM, March 18, 2008  
Blogger c&k said...

This granola looks so delicious! I can't wait to try it out! We're glad that you're feeling better and had a wonderful time in Paris!

4:13 PM, March 19, 2008  

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