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18 September 2008


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I had brown eggs this morning from our local farmer's market, but I can just imagine how much better they would have tasted in France.

Your jam sounds delicious, Corey! I'll bet the grilling of the almonds and the vanilla flavor give it a very wonderful flavor. Seeing your comfit jar reminds me of your early experience of buying drinking glasses ;)

Thanks as always and have a great day, Corey!

Thanks Corey, very informative, I would be butting heads with the school system also! Rachaelxo

I was cringing reading about the school system. But apparently it didn't damage your children. In fact, they appear to have bloomed in the midst of it. Of course that may have been because they had an advocate to come home to.

Fascinating differences.

I love my french lessons.
Love you dearly
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I would miss ice so so much, but surely you have a freezer at home??? Corey,,,your photos are always incredible, and I enjoyed the article in Somerset Life,,"re-sourcing" is rewarding and fun, and I am sure I would go broke at the flea markets in France, once I returned to my body that is. Shoot,,I go broke "here" at the estate sales! I look forward to upcoming blogs and articles,,Victoria must be next. Can't wait!
You are blessing in so many ways. Thank you.

I am intrigued with your comment that "France is not in Paris". Do you say that because it is such a large metropolis it has lost the true flavor of France? Or is it a Corey tongue-in-cheek-ism?

What an amazing surprise! To learn that we canlive without those humongous, ever-present stores (TJMax and Cosco and its big box relatives) that make nearly every town in the US look alike. I assume the opposite in France are smaller more locally owned shops.

And, it might just be a cultural travesty to eat at McDonald's while in visiting France. Can't imagine it!

Thanks for the fig jam recipe Corey. I made grape jelly with Concord grapes that grew in our backyard. ONCE. Very hard work. Thank goodness this fig jam seems easier. No food mill involved :)

I am also intrigued with your comment that "France is not in Paris". I guess it's like foreigners thinking that all of the US is like NYC. teehee Of course we know that isn't true.

The school system sounds alarming. But then I have one child that needs a little extra attention. Or should I say he has no attention? I'm really enjoying your posts on life in France. Thank you.

How do the French feel about America's choices for President this year? How do you feel about them ?

Thank you for your lovely fig jam recipe, Corey! =)

Well, my "French-by-heritage" hubby and I must be living up to his roots... we only have brown eggs here in New England (the white ones are only available at the supermarket at Eastertime!), hubby buys the French blocks of butter ("President's Butter" is my hands down absolute favorite), and we use Parmalat milk (the kind that comes in a carton you can leave in the cupboard until it is opened). As for the schools... I think I would be a butting-head parent as well! =)

It is fun hearing about the contrast between here and there. I envy you your fresh figs! They are so very hard to find in our area. My great grandmother had a fig tree and I would sit under its leafy branches and eat them sun ripened and warm.

Thanks for answering the "ice" question. When my daughter was performing throughout Europe, she hurt her back and was staying with a family in Scotland, she had to use a bag of frozen vegetables to "ice" it. Seems as if that worked just as well. I guess Americans take our ice too seriously!

I am loving your oh so very French posts, keep up the good work Corey :)

Hi Corey,
It sounds like I would have had a problem with that school system as well.
Very interesting facts. I love reading about France.
Your recipe sounds really good!
Thanks for that!
Have a wonderful day in France!

How long does the jam "keep"? Can you put it in a cupboard or should it be refrigerated/frozen? Yikes the French school system sounds tough!

Ohb how funny, by 8.30 we are falling asleep. xoxox Clarice

Good morning my friend....
Thank you so much for the recipe, I'm very anxious to try it. Try mine and tell me what you think....
I called your mom yesterday, she was baking cupcakes...from scratch!! She sounded very well...
Fall is in the air in California this morning, it's beautiful....
Enjoy your day in France, it sounds wonderful!

Not much has changed -- if anything -- since my youth. xoxo

Fig jam! There are lots of fig trees around here. I'm planting one, I think, this fall, if I can find a spare corner.

Thank you for the jam recipe! I will be off to our Markthalle this weekend for figs :)

I can smell the figs right now. I bet your house smells lovely for days after you make the jam. Blessings, Kimberly

Thanks, Corey, this is a lot of fun!

This is so interesting, Corey! Please keep on telling us about life in France!

I'm enjoying the question and answer forum. I couldn't help but get a wee chuckle in when you mentioned the eggs are brown. We have brown eggs in the US but white is definitely predominant in the shops. We do not have white eggs here in Australia or at least where I am at and I have never seen them for sale at the shops. I needed those white eggs at Easter when I wanted to make some lovely died eggs. Man I miss those white eggs. Gee, I didn't know it was the type of hen that determined the egg colour. Now I know.
I'm a rare milk drinker but I don't like the shelf-life stuff. We used it in Germany a lot, for convenience sake.
I do love me some butter. After all, everything tastes better with butter. :)
I loved your previous post. You articulated perfectly what I feel about blogging. It's a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of this community.

Wow, I'm learning so much. As a Pre-K teacher (4 yr olds),I can't imagine such a place! We teach with stories, games, songs, and fun. My students tell their parents they just played, but I know better!

Love the 'French lessons' Corey. I do buy French imported butter, President brand being my favorite, in 1/2 lb blocks - and only buy brown eggs, they just look healthier! Ice was rare growing up in England - land of warm beer and soda - so I really don't use it much even now.

Your fig jam is similar to mine except I chop up lemons and add instead of almonds - will have to try your recipe next year when I'm able to get fresh figs again.

Brown eggs just taste better to me. People tell me there is no difference in taste, but I know better. Brown eggs taste 'warmer'.

The school system in France would be a nightmare for my kids. What am I saying....the school system here isn't that fab either. That's why I'm homeschooling them.

I love reading your perspective on France! I haven't chimed in in a while, but I've been reading. Last weekend my husband made a green fig-black walnut jam. It was delicious as I'm sure yours is too.

Oh, how similar to the situation here in Vienna, Austria!

While soft drinks are smaller, and sans ice cubes too, they are also more expensive than back on the East Coast, for example.

Bread variety is stunning here, still, I do miss Mark Furstenberg's Bread Line on Pennsylvania Avenue, his caraway breads, his Russian Pumpernickl, and his scrumptious sandwiches and delicious soups (even Helen Thomas, the legendary White House correspondant, got in line for these delicacies!). Fürstenberg's "Marvelous Market" was the first truly great bakery in Washington DC, making headlines when they opened it, in the Russian "Pravda" for the lines people formed to get ahold of a loaf of his breads ("Breat Lines in DC", something along that line *g*). Later Uptown bakery, and Firehook took up the challenge of offering European style breads and, a bit later, a French lady baker founded "Napoleon", giving her collegues a run for the best baguettes in town.

No TXMaxx, Marshall's, Filene's Basement, and the like in Austria, Cosco but a memory too. I wonder how I survived without them? ;-)

It always touches my heart, to read about Marie-Antoinette, daughter of the Austrian empress Maria Theresa, as being part of French culture. That poor princess, married much too young into a foreign country, a girl-bride for reasons of state, I always feel she should be mourned, not glamourized for having been guillotined! I never went to see the latest movie about her, I could not bear to watch it.

Keep telling us about France...I love it!

I could live on baguette sandwiches and be perfectly happy.

I made fig jam recently - didn't turn out so great. You list 2 1/2 lbs sugar in your list but then say pour 5 lbs sugar over the figs. Please tell which it is so that I can raid my friends fig tree soon.

Thank you.


woooooooooooo! I have definitely copied that Fig Jam recipe down!

I've posted a recipe for figs as a "spoon sweet". I love figs. I'll save your recipe for next year!

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