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Liza in Ann Arbor

Well this post is right up my alley! ;) I'll put this one in my file in case we pass through Chateauneuf du Pape on our Provence trip next summer--thanks for the tip!


We visited Châteauneuf-du-Pape and loved it - our Christmas card with the kids in the ruins of the original chateau was done there! I am making this recipe for my husband who LOVES fruit desserts and any recipe you post! Merci Lynn!

Nancy LoBalbo

Ohhhh, Lynn! One of my best memories of Provence is a dinner at La Mere Germaine in 2008. It was U.S. election Day and Obama had just won the election and tout France was excited to talk to us Americans about it! I even took a mat from the restaurant with the 'Ballade de la Mere Germaine" printed on it and had it framed. It now hangs in my kitchen. What a beautiful little town. I have a very special memory from a visit to the French countryside in 2006, for a family wedding which I will share with you at another time. Thanks for the memories, as they say!

Sarah Gaede

I love Barbara Pym too! You are inspiring me to reread her books.


Oh my, can't wait to try this ! Sounds sinfully delicious ! Keep them coming Lynn !

Suzanne Hurst

Merci for the recipe! I don't eat desserts much, but this one is fairly low sugar, so I may try.
I'm not sure if I already mentioned it, but one of my favorite authors, is a now Louisvillian, formerly from Alabama. She is Sena Jeter Naslund, and if any of your readers are interested in Marie Antoinette, Naslund's ABUNDANCE is a must-read. Once you've read her, you'll want to read all her books.


Lynn, I so enjoyed today's post! (as always!)
Chateauneuf-du-Pape was my dear dad's favorite red,
and when we (as newlyweds!) lived in France, there was nothing we enjoyed more than driving through Cotes du Rhone (and tasting!)
Thank you for reviving such a happy memory!
(Also for such a YUMMY recipe!)
Bon journee!


Yipes, you meant Chateauneuf-du-Pape!! Right?? Miss you, Alio

Dee Jackson

I can't believe it was five and a half years ago we had lunch on the sunny terrace with you; sitting outside in November. We NEED to go back.

Leslie Budewitz

Lynn, we have such fond memories of lunches like you describe in Provence!

And I'm hooked on Downton Abbey, too! Loved Barbara Pym, and as a mystery writer, heartily endorse your recommendation of Eliz George -- a new one's due out soon! You might also enjoy Deborah Crombie's mystery series. following two police officers in modern England, or Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness mystery series set in 1930s England. (Deb is American, Rhys is British living in the US.)

Barney Lehrer

Great place. They have a new website at

andre Mazy


I am André the former Maître D ? and i had the chance to give a new life to la mere germaine after it has been close for 15 months , for ALL OF YOU WHO WANTS TO COME TO CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE , if you need anything to make your holidays a nice time feel free to contact me , an advice , a booking for a special tasting , it will be my pleasure and FREE ? because after 7 months after the opening , and without advertise , it feels Warm to see your comments , and ALL OF YOU ARE MY BEST SUPORT, for my team and myself !!
You love Chateauneuf , feel free to contact me ! i am the one on the picture ( andré )and i help you for free


andre mazy

Hi Nancy

I am André from la mere germaine , a friend of mine from the US sent me this article and i am so happy to see you loved Chateauneuf du Pape and La Mere Germaine , I hope you will come over again , and If i can be helpfull to plan a trip , please let me know !!



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