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It may be cliché, but Paris calls to me. Softly, quietly it’s a sirens song that pulls at my heartstrings. And my stomach. Everytime I visit, she welcomes me back like an old friend, no matter how much time has passed. I love nothing more than to wander about with no real plan, looking in shop windows and discovering little pastry shops on every street corner. The bakery culture in France, Paris especially, astounds and delights me. It’s not uncommon for me to start early in the morning with a list of patisserie shops and purchase something from each of them, six or seven easily depending on the neighborhood, before noon. I love to experience a city through it’s food and this is my favorite way to go about it in my favorite city. Paris’s lure may be quiet and subtle, but my friend Jane is more persistent. She’s been on my case to come for a visit for months and truthfully, it has been a few years since I’ve walked those beautiful streets. I was due. So this summer in the middle of my countryside visit, I hopped a train north and found myself in the middle of the Montparnasse train station in a mere 5 hours.

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If you made anything besides the standard pumpkin pie last week, which neatly uses exactly one can of pumpkin puree, chances are good you opened your refrigerator this weekend to find a half full can of pumpkin.  You probably unearthed it as you removed containers, dishes, bags and bowls of Thanksgiving leftovers and wondered “what the hell am I supposed to do with that?”  If you’re like me, you probably shoved it right back in with an instantly forgotten mental note to deal with it later.  Well, if you haven’t already tossed it, now is the time.

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My friend Dan has an extremely entertaining blog, Waffleizer, in which he waffles everything but the waffle.  Wait.  Let me correct that.  Had.  He had a blog that waffles stuff.  You see when Dan started his project, he had an end in sight and clearly stated “30 answers to the question ‘will it waffle?'”  Along the way, he’s done some great stuff that had me, among others, looking at their waffle iron in a whole new way.  I now routinely make hash browns in mine.  Couldn’t be easier.  I even waffled up some Indian food a while ago for a post.  But like all good things, Waffleizer has come to and end.  This week he posted his 30th entry and called it a day.  Have to respect him for not jumping the shark.

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