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Elle Jauffret

Writer ~ Lawyer ~ Fork Handler

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Spring Haiku

Apr 7, 2016

Rain drops in Socal

Brown snail mother and daughter

Up the hill of life

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The 25th Easter of Éléonore

Mar 25, 2016

Nobles and dignitaries from all over Europe had courted her since she appeared at her first debutante ball, but none had succeeded in stealing her heart. Éléonore had turned down every single gift, gesture, or advance—from Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs to egg-shaped earrings made from the rarest …

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International Women's Day: 10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way

Mar 8, 2016

10 Notable French Women Who Led the Way 

 

Christine de Pizan (1364-1430): French royal court writer (one of the most notable woman writers of medieval times) who brought up the importance of women in her writing.

Joan of Arc (1412-1431): fearless teenager, feminist, who led the French a…

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Old as Beer

Feb 23, 2016

Did you know it took more than 231 millions gallons of beer to build the Pyramid of Giza? Yes, beer. Beer was money (in Ancient Egypt as in various cultures) and a vital source of nutrition. Egyptians laborers were paid a gallon of beer a day.

Egyptian beer contained the antibiotic tetracycli…

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The Beautiful Books of Ancient Maya: Codices

Feb 3, 2016

 

The Maya developed a hieroglyphic script (around 300 BCE), which contained signs representing words or sounds that could be combined and/or merged in different ways. This written language survived until about 1700 CE. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They recorded their knowled…

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A Meal from LOOT by Jude Watson (Middle Grade Fiction)

Jan 26, 2016

 

“March thought of the many things his father loved and would never eat again. Pommes frites and herring sandwiches and American potato chips and licorice.”  LOOT by Jude Watson. (Scholastic Inc. - Paperback p.12)

The story: the son of a master jewel thief follows the clues left by his…

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The Singer's Wife and Manager

Jan 14, 2016

She pushed through the crowd of groupies, making her way to her husband, the leader of the band. They were all under the age of 30, mainly females, all sweaty and hysterical, exuding adoration for the man to whom she was secretly married. A wedding band could cost a singer thousands of adoring f…

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Happy New Year 2016!

Jan 2, 2016

Dear Readers,
 

My family joins me to wish you all a happy new year. May you find the support and confidence to overcome life's challenges, the resolve to pursue/achieve your goals, the love to fill your life, and the health and success to make 2016 a blissful year.
 

Love,
 

Elle

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Salad from Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe (Fiction, grade 2-5)

Dec 13, 2015

“I got a good look at the tomato. There were suspicious marks on the skin. […] I believe they’re teeth marks. […] “The Mark of the Vampire!” / “There must be something wrong with our refrigerator. That’s it. It’s turning all the vegetables white.” / “It was a big bowl of salad! […]…

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Meal from THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Alice Hoffman

Dec 8, 2015

“[…] I could remain soaking under water in the claw-foot tub […] I felt comfortable in this element, a sort of girlfish […]” (p.7-8) “My father insisted I wear white cotton gloves in the summer and a creamy kid leather pair when the chill set in.” (p. 9) “Hannah’s sister made us a m…

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Niçoise Salad from SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES & OTHER LESSONS FROM THE CREMATORY by Caitlin Doughty (non-fiction)

Nov 28, 2015

“I was beginning to doubt that my own body would be well cared for were I to die young. The very idea of Bayside Cremation crushed me with loneliness. I was burdened with the thoughts that any of my Facebook friends would be quick to comment “Yummy!” on a photo of my Nicoise salad, but wou…

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

Nov 15, 2015

A snippet of a scene from INCONCEIVABLE! 

John hovered a table covered in pieces of lace. “[…] Don’t you think you need to take home some Brussels lace?[…]” […] “What’s stoverij?” I asked. “It’s a meat stew, a classic Flemish dish. They add a nice bit of strong beer from one of t…

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Rutabaga soup from BLACK RADISHES by Susan Lynn Meyer (Fiction - MiddleGrade)

Nov 12, 2015

“There’s just no food here,” she said. “How am I supposed to make a meal with yesterday’s bread and rutabagas? […]” (p.96) Gustave bit into his stale bread, imagining how much better it would taste with creamy butter and the spicy tingle of black radish. He and Maman both love…

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Grilled cheese sandwiches from THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro

Nov 1, 2015

Grilled cheeses/cherry tomatoes/basil sandwiches

“We’re in the kitchen, and he’s making grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, which  I'm thinking are going to be about as close to my two-American-cheese singles-on-white-bread as his macaroni and cheese was to my Kraft special. He slides his c…

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Ghosts from the Titanic: the Captain and his Bride

Oct 30, 2015

To a spooky party we go. (I always knew I would get to wear my wedding dress more than once.)

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The Deadliest Cook in America's Ice Cream with Peaches (Non-fiction)

Oct 18, 2015

Handmade ice cream from TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: a True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.

“The new cook had made a special dessert — homemade ice cream with fresh cut-up peaches.” (Hardcover p.32) “By 1900 scientists had found a small percentage of people who …

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(Cover reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (Fiction)

Sep 15, 2015

(Cover Reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren.

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small E…

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Meal from JOYLAND by Stephen King (Fiction)

Aug 23, 2015
 
Tuna-and-macaroni salad, smoothie, and Fig Newtons from JOYLAnd by Stephen King

The story: a 21 year-old boy’s summer, at Joyland amusement park in North Carolina in 1973.

Excerpt from JOYLAND by Stephen King (First hard case crime edition: June 2013; paper back): “I went into the …

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Cornmeal pancakes and toasts from ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake (Fiction/YA)

Aug 19, 2015

Cornmeal pancakes and toasts topped with jam.

The story: a 17 year-old ghost hunter meets a type of phantom he has never faced before.

“[…] My mother asks while standing over the griddle making us cornmeal pancakes. […] She sets a plate of pancakes and toast down in front of me, each top…

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Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker (Fiction/literary)

Aug 16, 2015

Apple strudel from THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker.

The story: the separate journeys of a Golem and a Jinni who discover New York in 1899 and cross paths.

"The Golem went to the Rabbi’s that night carrying an apple strudel carefully, wrapped. She walked with long strides, stret…

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