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karen mccall dunning

Another source for locating "les puces et les vides greniers": the monthly magazine "Antiquities Brocante". Sold at almost every tabac, it covers markets (both regular and "special occasion") for the upcoming 6 weeks. It also has feature articles on categories of various items collected by les chineurs (transferware, majolica, naval memorabilia, etc.) and sample pricing of such items found in flea markets across France. It is my bible for buying trips to France!

Barbara Andolsek Paintings

Love the 'Tomatoes with Baked Goat Cheese' recipe...

Patricia Glee Smith

My house is full to the eves with vide brocante booty. It is one of my favorite things to do in France, the excuse being that I need all that stuff for my still life paintings. My last two pantings really do contain some interesting bargains, including some of the wonderful linens I collect! I have enough old linen sheets to start a hotel.... and it is so much fun talking to the sellers!

Mark Kane

whoa, those tomato dishes made me hungry, but it's still mid-morning in Des Moines. Big news, a one-star chef from Strasbourg has moved for love to Des Moines and opened a restaurant. Oh-ho! The other night, the amuse-bouche was a variation on the good old breadstick, made from filo, rolled up or folded in a thin cylinder with a core or a seam of grated Parmesan and baked till flaky. It was intensely savory

cynthia at the daily basics

I am coming over just to go flea market hunting for French Junk and have the Tomato Pie with you - FUN FUN POST - you are totally amazing, Lynn!!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond

What a great Sunday story with the colander hat, used thongs (ewwww!), napping vendor, the Brocante-Mobile, and then tomatoes!

I have eaten 1 to 2 tomatoes a day all summer because I know that too soon they will be gone until next year. Our favorite tomato pie: deep dish prebaked pie crust, 4 tomatoes peeled and sliced, 1/2 cup chopped green onion, 10 fresh basil leaves chopped, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup grated cheddar, 1 cup mayonnaise, salt and pepper -- Drain the tomatoes and then layer with basil and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine remaining ingredients and spread on top of the tomatoes. Bake 30 min at 350F. Yummmmmmy!

Thanks especially for the Tart recipe! Off to the fruit stand to get more tomatoes!

Passe un bon weekend!


Thanks Lyn some great ideas with tomatoes. My current favorite is cherry tomatoes fried in olive oil and balsamic with lots of parsley and thyme, throw a fried egg on top and hey! before you can say 'ooh la la' you have petit dejeuner.


My weakness at these vide-greniers is the objects for kitchens which also have French words on them. I left my friend's house saying I was just going to look. They laughed and said the French equivalent of that's like walking past a fountain and saying you won't drink the water. So I bought a set of stoneware that I hauled back to the USA with the help of students. Poubelle de Table, which looks like a soup tureen and holds things that collect on your plate like shells and bones. Poubelle means garbage can in other contexts. Also in the set were Oignon (onion), Echalote (shallot), ail (garlic) and sel (salt). Each piece has the word and a red rose decoration. My friends told me the custom of these sets was a bit out of date, but they thought my purchase was pretty as well as heavy. They laughed.

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