Desktop Calendar

January 2010 Desktop Calendar

January '10 Desktop Calendar

Happy New Year! I hope 2010 brings you the rosy cheeks of good health, the heart flutters of happiness, and the warm glow of many kitchen successes.

The desktop calendars are back! At the beginning of every month, I will be offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our desktop calendar for January is a picture of chaussons aux pommes — or apple turnovers, though the French term literally means “apple slippers” — these classic confections of puff pastry, folded over stewed apples and dotted with sugar crystals.

You can easily bake them at home if you have a source for high-quality puff pastry — or the patience to make your own –, but if you’d just as soon buy them, I recommend the chaussons aux pommes à l’ancienne (old-fashioned apple turnovers) from Paris bakery Toro (59 rue d’Orsel, in the 18th, see map).

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December 2009 Desktop Calendar

December '09 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month in 2009, I am offering C&Z readers a new desktop calendar, i.e. a wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our desktop calendar for December is a picture of a freshly popped cork, in anticipation of the holiday celebrations that will keep us all busy this month. I hope you embrace the spirit of the season, enjoy the company of your family and friends, and remember to keep things simple!

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November 2009 Desktop Calendar

November '09 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month in 2009, I am offering C&Z readers a new desktop calendar, i.e. a wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our desktop calendar for November is a picture of what I think of as a Parisian tartine, an open-face sandwich made on naturally leavened bread (here, a slice of pain des amis from the bakery Du Pain et des Idées), lightly spread with semi-salted butter then topped with artisanal ham, thick shavings of aged Comté cheese, and slivers of cornichons. Add a side salad or a fat, late-harvest tomato — we are still feasting on those — and that’s lunch taken care of.

Instructions to get your calendar are below.

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October 2009 Desktop Calendar

October '09 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month in 2009, I am offering C&Z readers a new desktop calendar, i.e. a wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our desktop calendar for October is a picture of lemon butter cookies, as they appear in my cookbook. Delicately buttery, crisp, and thinly glazed, these sablés au citron draw their flavor from the juice and zest of a lemon, bolstered by a touch of salt. They’re a staple from my childhood I revisit often.

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September 2009 Desktop Calendar

September '09 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month in 2009, I am offering C&Z readers a new desktop calendar, i.e. a wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our desktop calendar for September is a picture of Mussels Marinière, a preparation of mussels cooked here with Champagne and a pinch of saffron — though the recipe can absolutely be made more budget-friendly, with a simple white wine. With or without the deluxe ingredients, it is a lovely dish, light and warming both, to ease you into the fall.

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