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Family Cookoff: Fresh Roasted Tomato Sauce

The other day I had a conference call for work, which I conducted from the living room of my house, on speakerphone.  My wife walked in right at the end of it just in time to hear a co-worker (Hi Diane!) ask me if I had a fresh tomato sauce recipe that I could share with her...

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Caribbean Beaches: Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa

A few weeks ago I wrote about Les Moules Beurre Blanc and how that dish always reminds me of summer.  You know what else reminds me of summer? The beach...

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Have a Safe Fourth: Double Crust Apple Pie

Growing up in the South of France, my friends and I would look forward to Tuesdays at 8:00 when our favorite American tv shows would light up our television...

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Happy Father's Day: Quiche Lorraine

I’m switching things up a little bit this week because one of my favorite holidays is coming up and I want you all to be prepared…Father’s Day!

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Summer Has Arrived: Les Moules Beurre Blanc

Growing up in the South of France, nothing really said “summer has arrived” more than Les Moules Beurre Blanc - a pot of mussels served in a white wine and butter sauce...

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Beef Bourguignon

April showers bring May flowers…or so the saying goes. I am guessing that whoever penned that phrase didn’t live in a ski resort town because although my calendar says it’s May, all I see out my window is a blanket of white...

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Homemade Pizza Time

Last week, I wrote about how my family has added a weekly "Quarantine Cooking Class" to our homeschool curriculum.  The premise is simple: one night per week, my son and daughter must each plan and cook a family-friendly meal using me as their Sous Chef (I cannot tell you how much each child relishes bossing me around in an attempt to create their menu vision)!

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My Children are Transforming into Chefs

Like many of you, I have spent a lot of time at home with my wife and children lately. For the first few days of our Stay at Home order, I listened with half an ear while they sat at the kitchen table and learned a variety of subjects. My wife is one of those people that went to school for a ridiculously long time and can talk for hours about the fall of the Roman Empire, so although I help with math and French (I am  French after all), my wife usually does most of the teaching...

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Change is Good

Change is good, change is hard, change is fun, change keeps you young, the only real constant in life is change. My wife Eileen and I are putting a pin in the thirty-three years we’ve called the Valley home and my 13-year run at Sugarbush. We showed up here on a Labor Day weekend in 1986 with a 6-month baby in tow and no real plan...

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Finish Your Art Project

I have a friend who’s an incredible artist. His work is owned by former Presidents, Hollywood illuminati and some of the world’s most serious art collectors. He’s the real deal. We met 40 years ago working together in a kitchen while he was working his way through the Boston Museum of Fine Arts college...

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My Moth Radio Hour Story

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Moth Radio Hour: the great storytelling NPR program. This year it’s coming to Sugarbush. I’m hoping I get on. Here’s my story in case I don’t. My apologies ahead of time for the length...

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I Ate at McDonalds...and it Was Really Good

I’ve always said you’re only as sick as your secrets. It’s the things we keep deep down inside of us that really define who we are. Okay, here it goes, I’m sharing a big secret...

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

"It's all about the team, teamwork makes the dream work." This is a rally cry from every leader in every industry. I just finished a great book called The Captain Class by Sam Walker...

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Grilling Season

It’s summer. Let’s eat outside, fire up the grill and invite some friends over. There’s no better time for enjoying food with friends than at summer parties. Here are some recipes to help you get things started...

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Bike Thoughts

It's been a while, have you missed me? Ski season is wrapped up and bicycle gear and golf clubs have taken up residence in our trunks for the next several months

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My Favorite Places of Spring.

Another favorite would have to be the Lincoln Peak Courtyard. In fact, I like the spring vibes there so much I went ahead and added a brand new bar out there. We call it the Umbrella Bar. Why? Well, because of the giant umbrella. We'll be slinging drinks and serving pizza out of the pizza oven on nice spring weekends from here on out. Trust me, it'll become one of your favorite spring spots too. 

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People and Places


This month, let's talk about people and places. Julia has the places angle covered with her field trip to the Mad River Taste Place, so let me tell you about one of the new faces we hired this winter. 

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For Thought

It's been a busy few weeks for me. In a past life, I was a working chef. That's how I've met many of you. We've had a changing-of-the-guard in one of our places, and it required my putting on the chef's whites for a few weeks. Kitchen work is fun. It has been easy for me to get back in the groove, with the exception of staying up past 9 PM - I forgot what it's like to be a night owl.

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Life without a phone

In my haste to get out of the house on a combo business/vacation trip, I forgot my phone on the kitchen counter. I have to tell you it felt wonderful...

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