Each year as Halloween creeps closer and closer, I get more and more excited to make my annual pot of Rachael Ray's pumpkin black bean soup. A little spicy, a little creamy, a little pumpkiny, a lot delicious! It's been a Hallow's Eve tradition of mine for several years now, and I hope it becomes one of yours, too! I follow Rachael's recipe, but I've found that the pot is a bit sweeter (just a play on words dears, not literally) when you add 1/2 tablespoon of pumpkin pie seasoning, an extra dash of cayenne and an extra drizzle of cream. Try it... if you dare!
Bonjour, and welcome to French Charmed, a place where everything Frenchy, girly and vintage is celebrated! I began in the antique business in 1991, and though I've found many stunning pieces from all over the world, I can't help but be extra charmed by anything encompassing the ambiance of France. Is it the elegance of the language, the romance of the cobblestone streets, the bold and seductive style of the people who live there? I can't put my finger on exactly what draws me in, but the country certainly has a je ne sais quoi about it that can't be ignored. Since experiencing the magic firsthand via my first trip there 20 years ago, I've thrown myself into creating a place where people just as entranced as me can buy, see and be inspired by the beautiful things that make France so magnifique. My business has evolved over the years (it actually started as a lingerie boutique!), but one thing stays true: I am forever passionate about my work, and I hope that through this blog and my website (www.FrenchCharmed.com), you will become just as passionate about it, too! Please leave comments if you can, and au revoir, beloved French Charmed reader!