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Sugar-Free Granola

In Baby Love, Food, Recipes on September 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’m not one of those meanie moms who never lets her kid eat ice cream or popsicles, but I do make every best effort not to give those treats to Tiny G myself. Which makes me only a little bit mean. At school and other people’s homes what are you going to do? (And seriously, what’s childhood without sugary fun?) But at home, we try to limit his sugar intake and at breakfast that can be something of a challenge. I discovered this sugar-free granola recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery. It’s a compendium of recipes from the rustic Rose Bakery in Paris. I’m not going to lie, Rose Bakery’s honey granola is extra delicious, but for sugar-free I don’t think you can beat this one. Tiny G likes it sprinkled over plain yogurt. So does his mama.

Rose Bakery’s Sugar Free Granola

Adapted from Breakfast Lunch Tea, by Rose Carraarini

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole almonds (I chop them in a mini Cuisinart so they’re easier to manage for Tiny G)

3/4 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds (I substitute golden flax seeds)

1 tablespoon wheat germ

1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice

4 tablespoons sunflower oil

pinch of cinnamon

dried or fresh fruits such a figs, apricots or blueberries

plain yogurt, to serve

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix oats, seeds, wheatgerm, apple juice, sunflower oil and cinnamon in a bowl, then spread out evenly on a baking tray.

Bake, turning often, for between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

Remove from oven and leave until cool. Add dried or fresh fruits and serve with yogurt.

Ladurée Macarons

In Fashion, Food on July 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

On my first trip to Paris back in 1982, my grandfather took me to Ladurée on Rue Royale every day for a macaron. As a kid, my favorite flavor was chocolat. By the time I moved to Paris at the age of 25, I’d moved on from chocolat and liked to pop into the patisserie for a large macaron a la pistache before going to catch a flick at the Le Champo. These days, what with a two-year-old running around, I don’t find myself in Paris much (read: EVER). It’s been three years since I’ve been back, but no matter. My friends Adam and Booth go a couple times a year to cover the fashion shows and on their last day in town, they stop by Ladurée and get some minis to go. This week, fresh off the men’s shows, Adam brought back to Vermont an assortment of pistache (still my favorite), caramel with salted butter and the latest flavor—mimosa! C’est si bon! And check out this gorgeous box, designed by two Ottoman princesses and sisters, Yaz and Emel Kurhan of the Paris-based Yazbukey line. Je l’adore! Thank you, Adam!

ALICE à PARIS

In Baby Love, Fashion on August 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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My dad just got back from Paris, bringing with him a chic fall wardrobe for Tiny G. He discovered a store called Alice à Paris, and mon dieu, did Tiny G clean up with several chemises bretonnes (tunics), some trousers, swimming trunks and the most incredible gabardine coat:

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Tiny G’s parents are really going to have to step up their game if they’re going to be seen out and about with this petit garçon. Say “merci, Papi!”