About the author

Growing in Piennes Lorraine the war years, grandir a Piennes pendant la guerre. 1

OK so I don’t think I was even a twinkle in my father’s eyes during that time, considering he was  in a forced labor camp somewhere in Germany and only the twinkle he could have would have been for his next meal and where he would be coming from.  Somehow though I’m convince that those particular … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author, Editorial, History | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine “Swann’s way”, grandir a Piennes, “Du cote de chez Swann”

Nothing brings back memory like smell or taste. I am certainly not the first one who said so. Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, on my … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author, Editorial, Kitchen | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine the quiche, grandir a Piennes, la quiche

           When I first arrived in the States, people were asking me where I was born and would say Piennes and eyes would grow wide open. Where in the world is Piennes? It’s in Lorraine a small town basically between Metz and Verdun, on the German highway. Oh Lorraine, like in … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author, Kitchen | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine yesterday and today Grandir a Piennes hier et aujourd’hui.

While most things change with time, it seems that some don’t.  When I was a kid some nut job from the FLN  (Front de liberation national, National liberation front) tried to blow up the school I was attending.  56 years later, the same people are doing it again but now they are in greater number. … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author, Editorial, News | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, Grandir a Piennes, yogurt cake gateau au yahourt

In the beginning of the 60’s mom discovered “Tupperware”. Of course always wanting to be the first to have everything she bought bunch of them, using family food money to do so. I’ll get back to that in another post. I don’t know if you have ever lived through or experienced one of those meeting? … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine 14th of July, grandir a Piennes 14 juillet

So it’s the 14th of July, national French holiday.  The current occupant of Elysee Palace proudly saluted the army that kick French soldiers out of Algeria in 1962 (yeah Algerian army marched in Paris today) without a word for those fallen men and women who have lost their respective life protecting properties of corrupt colonists. … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author | Leave a comment

Growing up in Piennes Lorraine, grandir a Piennes.

Before I can tell a little about growing up in Piennes I should talk about the demographic of the town.  There wasn’t very many French folks in town, few store owners, four or five families of farmers, the big bosses at the mine.  The rest of townsfolk was either Italian or Polish, with a few … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author | Leave a comment

A small introduction of the author

Born in France from a American GI father of Polish ancestry I’m what one might call a genuine Heinz 57. In 1978 I moved to US got married got divorced and went back to France after 32 years (more or less in the US. Coming back to France was a cultural shock which I would … Continue reading »

Categories: About the author | Leave a comment