Lessons For Life

Cookie Chairman’s Gear — updated for 2021 — a lot less choice in 1972, the time of my story.

I came up with the idea for this story because I read that this year’s Girl Scout cookie drive featured a girl who sold $32,000. worth of cookies.

Something came over me. …

Scrambled Eggs and Ham and Peppers, Some of them Green

Here, in a distant nod to Dr. Seuss, is a delicious grown-up version of scrambled eggs and ham.

Piperade Basquaise, a typical dish of the region, had its origins in the Basque region.

The terrain, straddling the Spanish-French border, extends from the mountainous interior of both countries to the Atlantic Ocean. Bayonne and Biarritz are the most significant cities on the French side and, Bilbao…

. . . Or the lighter-than-air parallels between a Nobel Laureate and A United States Air Force Spouse

Our 1970 280 S, aka The Green Mercedes — in earlier days, a participant in the Narboni Ramstein to Bordeaux Rally

It was the recent passing of Robert Mundell, the 1999 Nobel Prize winner in economics, often identified as the “Father of the Euro” that jogged my memory about our parallel paths.


Pennsylvania Dutch Goodness; A Childhood Culinary Memory

Homemade Chicken Corn Soup

One of the joys of “maturing” is the ability to find goodness in the simplest of pleasures. It can be discovered with books, films, history lessons, etc. …

Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken, vegetables, seasoning — getting dressed for success

I’m going to make a believer* out of you . . . on the overwhelming value of homemade/handmade chicken stock. Creating your own chicken stock (fonds de cuisine, or the “heart of cooking” will take time, but once you taste your homemade stock, then sip a spoonful…

. . . because it’s so much better than the boxed stuff.

There you are; faced with an hour long zoom meeting. It’s still covid and you’re still working from home.

What to do? Make some stock. From scratch stock has not completely disappeared in this era of boxed, long-life…

Ok, that’s a stretch, but I got your attention. Let’s face it; if you had just seen the title “Rice Salad” without the qualifier, you would have scrolled past, not even tossing a second glance to see the recipe.

This is simple to assemble and a great use for leftover…

Here’s a wintertime treat.

Is there anything more beautiful?

A trip down memory lane. After six days of a self-imposed home stay because of the harsh ice and snow conditions throughout Texas, I and many of my fellow citizens ventured outside. Patches of ice remained, the sun beamed, and apart from driving extraordinarily dirty cars, everyone seemed in a…

The Perfect Dessert . . . For Valentine’s Day Dinner

Looking for that perfect dessert to serve for a special Valentine’s Day dinner?

Look no further. I have a splendid, make-ahead, baked pear dessert that is unlike any other you have tasted.

What makes it unique?

Besides cream, butter, and sugar, and beautiful pears? Crème de marrons. Chestnut cream or…

Charlotte Narboni

Travels Around My Kitchen…Travels Around The World…Travels Around My Life!

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