PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Paris

 

My Top 5 Bites in Paris (described in 3 words)!

We spent three magnificent days in Paris this October, eating all the rich French food and drinking all the bubbly champagne and red wine our hearts’ desired. It wasn’t easy choosing between all the wonderful dishes, but here are the highlights.

 

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#5 — Pain Au Chocolat: Flaky. Sweet. Delicate.
at Café des Beaux Arts

 

 

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#4 — Escargot: Briny. Succulent. Garlicky.
at Le Carre Elysees

 

 

 

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#3 — Vanilla Souffle: Subtle. Fluffy. Execution.
at Lasserre

 

 

 

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#2 — Confit Duck Leg: Sizeable. Tender. Crispy.
at Brasserie Lipp

 

 

 

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#1 — Macaroni stuffed with Black Truffles & Duck Foie Gras: Out. Of. Control.
at Lasserre

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Slow Down: Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup

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This is a super easy and flavorful slow-cooker recipe for those weeknights when you don’t have time to do a bunch of chopping and cooking. Plus, you’ll have leftovers the next day (or three, depending on who’s eating). Sprinkle some grated parm on top and serve with a side salad. This one’s a no-brainer!

 

Turkey Sausage, Spinach & White Bean Soup
Serves 8

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (12.8-ounce) packages turkey smoked sausage, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups baby spinach

Directions
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.

Place sausage, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, oregano and bay leaves in the slow cooker. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups water until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in spinach until wilted. Serve immediately.

PHOTO GALLERY: EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

My girl Shaina and I go way back — we’ve been friends for about 17 years — and every so often we plan a fun girls’ weekend together. This year we ate and drank our way around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Everything was fantastic — from the weather and cocktails to the friendly people and live bands we encountered. Here are a few of our favorite festival bites.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Braised Beef “Stroganoff”: Silky. Meaty. Noodles.
at The Cheese Studio

 

 

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#4 — Schinkennudeln: Cheesy. Ham. Pasta.
in Germany

 

 

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#3 — Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings: Tender. Tangy. Spicy.
in Japan

 

 

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#2 — New England Lobster Roll: Fresh. Buttery. Succulent.
at Hops & Barley

 

 

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#1 — Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon: Truffle. Butter. Sauce.
in Canada