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NEXT NOUVELLES: Sunday, 4 December 2022 (I hope) Sorry, but things have been a little overwhelming since Thanksgiving. — Anne


|| 24 November 2022

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

This Thanksgiving is significant as my first Thanksgiving dinner prepared without a working oven. (I still am uncommitted to spending the money it would take to put the oven in my 75-year-old gas cooking stove in working condition.)

Yesterday I “baked” the cornbread for my cornbread dressing in my microwave. Even if I have a working oven again, I will continue to make cornbread in the microwave. So tender. And then I crisped wedges about 5 to 10 minutes on 350 degrees in my small toaster oven. Perfect.

I baked my cornbread dressing in my toaster oven. The chicken broth in the dressing kept the upper element in the toaster oven from scorching the top. The dressing turned out well too.

Now, today, I will attempt to “roast” my chicken in my Instant Pot. This, I am sure, will not result in a golden-colored, crisp-skinned chicken as I produced in my gas oven.

But if I can get the bird somewhere between done and mush, I will not complain.

And in this season of gratitude, do not neglect to share with those who, especially in this time of inflation, will need help just to have a little. Every community has a Food Bank or other organization that will use your donation efficiently to help those in need.

Wishing you many blessings at Thanksgiving — Anne Barone


|| 17 November 2022

Chia Seeds + Another Comment On Foundation

Donna has sent a suggestion for an inexpensive tool to get that last bit of foundation out of a pump bottle. (Merci, Donna) You can read about it on the page with the other makeup foundation information.

As for chia seeds, I had previously written off these tiny seeds as one of those overpriced healthy food fabs that seem to follow one after the other in an endless stream. From what little I read about chia seeds, I decided that I was getting all I needed in that category from flax seeds. These I have incorporated into numerous recipes of foods I eat regularly.

Then, yesterday I happened to read an article comparing chia seeds and flax seeds on the Bob's Red Mill website. I have decided that chia seeds are worth trying — even though they remain a bit pricey. You can read Chia Seeds vs. Flaxseeds.


|| 13 November 2022

Comment On Makeup Foundation

Today a comment on our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat’s report on makeup foundation in last Sunday’s Nouvelles. The comment is from Ann Leslie in New York with a concern about makeup foundation in a pot. More . . .


UPDATE 7 Nov 2022: This morning when I checked email, I had a STOP PRESS from our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat about her recommendation for the Bobbi Brown Jones Road makeup foundation I posted yesterday. Read the update here.

|| 6 November 2022

Makeup Foundation Advice

Do you need a makeup foundation? Opinions vary. Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is a great believer in the importance of a good makeup foundation. More . . .


|| 3 November 2022

Julie Powell

Recently almost every major news source has carried an obituary of Julie Powell, the writer and food blogger who came to fame for her Julie/Julia Project. In this project, Julie Powell attempted to cook in one year all 524 of the recipes in her mother’s copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1 by Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle.

Julie Powell’s husband Eric Powell confirmed that her death at age 49 was due to cardiac arrest caused by heart arrhythmia.

In Julie Powell’s New York Times obituary, Russ Parsons, a former Los Angeles Times food editor, was quoted as saying that when he told Julia Child about the Julie/Julia Project, Mrs. Child “took the project as an affront, not the self-deprecating romp that Ms. Powell intended” She told Mr. Parsons that she and others had tested and retested the recipes so they would be accessible to cooks of all skill levels. Julia Child commented: “I don’t understand how she could have problems with [the recipes]. She just must not be much of a cook.”

Julia Child took French cuisine very seriously. Her career was devoted to sharing the joys of French cuisine with people all over the world.

Julie Powell’s project began as a kind of therapy and launched a lucrative career that at its heart did not have much to do with a passion for French cuisine. More with venting her personal difficulties and frustrations.

We know that French cuisine and its methods of preparation and focus on quality ingredients result in good health. Impossible to ignore that Julia Child with her devotion to French food lived to age 91.

Julie Powell’s life ended far too early at age 49.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone


|| 16 October 2022

French Cat Alphabet Apron

A clever artist can transform the most mundane into pure delight. In this case, the artist Hubout (or is it Hubouy? I can't quite read the signature at the lower right corner of the apron) has created a delightful series of cat illustrations to decorate an apron. More . . .