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Have Your Cake and Eat It Too with David Lebovitz

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David Lebovitz has a life that can turn many of our complexions just the slightest bit green. He's a renowned pastry chef, author of six books, and now lives and works in Paris. To see his complete list of accolades click here because we don't have all day to go listing them on this wee posting. For those of us who truly love and follow the great wide world of food (and face it, if you're reading this, it's likely you're one of them), it can sometimes be a challenge to balance the love with the well...balance. David writes a really interesting post on his own eating habits. As he says, it's not a lecture on diet; it's simply his take on food entitled, "How I Eat."

Melty Gooey Fried Cheese with Greens from Smitten Kitchen

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Cheese is sort of perfect the way it is. There are endless possibilities, yes, but in its straight-from-the-farmer's-market block -- it's pretty fabulous. So we get why Smitten Kitchen was, at first, hesitant to mess with cheese like this recipe requires. We're glad she went for it though because the idea of warm breaded cheese oozing over fresh spring greens makes us happy. While it may seem like overkill to bread and fry cheese (other than a mozzarella stick at TGI Fridays), this dish is actually quite common in France - specifically in the Loire Valley where goat cheese is king. Plus if the French are doing it, so can oui.

Pea Soup with Sophistimom

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Well, right off the bat we're doing our classy Sophistimom a disservice; the soup is called Savory Pea Soup with Asparagus and Basil. A taste-conscious chef as herself would never simply make "Pea Soup"! While winter & soup are known bed fellows, it's also nice to lighten up -- pre-summer -- with a tasty soup of pureed spring veggies and a nice hunk of bread from the market. Jaime, aka Sophistimom, delivers a lovely and fragrant soup for your home team to savor on a lighter night of the week. We vote for a Monday night soup course since, let's face it, we don't exactly shy away from the decadent on the weekends.