FFWD Server Down :(

Apparently, the French Fridays with Dorie server is currently down for the count. I am still on vacation until Sunday, thus the server will be down until Sunday as well.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Back to your regularly scheduled blog posts….


Let’s talk TWD 2.0

I have a zillion ideas for TWD 2.0. I’d like to get a jump on getting a blog started for the new group, even if it wont launch till later this year. I want all the ducks in a row so to speak.

First, I’d like to hear from you. The members are what make the group so special. This is your chance to tell me what you like about TWD, what you may not like, etc…

My thought is that I’d like TWD 2.0 for Around My French Table to be a little more laid back. It has more recipes than BFMHTY… Think about that… I KNOW! That’s a lot of recipes! Do you think the new group should be a weekly group?  If you are a member of TWD and join the new group, will you be able to handle 2 recipes a week? (Edited to add: Meaning one recipe from BFMHTY and one from AMFT. Not 2 recipes from AMFT per week.) Do you think the rules should be a little more lax?

What should we call this spin-off?? Suggestions welcome.

Let me hear it. All the nitty gritty. Let it fly.

xo Laurie

TWD: The New Book

Here we go folks… Dorie’s new book, Around My French Table, is right around the corner.  If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, go do that now. Right now..

Okay, with that done, let’s continue. I started thinking today about a TWD spin-off for the new book. TWD: The New Book… TWD: AMFT… TWD: The Legend Continues, etc…

I have briefly discussed a spin-off with Dorie and she has so graciously given us her blessing. Woohoo! I love her so.

The sequel is just in the beginning stages. A lot of decisions will need to be made. I have learned a thing or 2 about running a group in the past 2 years. The most important thing I have learned is, it is hard to go it alone. (To all my former helpers of TWD, I thank you, and to the last lady standing, CB, I heart you.) Therefore, I am asking for help. Anyone interested in being staff for the new group, comment on this post.

Much love my baking army, let the saga continue,



I spent 4 hours a couple weeks ago cleaning out the blogroll. The bloggers who joined in the past 30 days have been added. The blogroll on the main page, as well as the Bakers page, are now up to date.  I am working on getting the information to update bloglines.

If you should be on the blogroll and are not, please check your email. There were a few blogs I didnt have the URLs for. Also, if there are any changes I missed, please leave a comment and I will fix it.

The next ‘clean house’ will be in April. I am going to do my very best to check every blog every 2 months.

Lastly, I have gotten a ton of negative feedback for the way I have run this group. If there is one thing I can do, its call myself out. I have been a very passive leader. Frankly, I just haven’t had the time to dedicate to the maintaining of this site and its members the past year. I have flown by the seat of my pants with this group because I never intended to run a group. It was not a well thought out process, it is something that fell in my lap. And its wonderful, do not think for a second I am complaining. I am not. However, I apologize. I apologize to those who felt singled out, wronged and rejected. I apologize to those who think I should be removed from the blog myself for lack of participation. You are right. I should be. But, I am the founder of the group, and for every hour I spend maintaining, I could be baking and updating my own blog. I let things slide so long because I was struggling to keep up and did not want to be a hypocrite. With all that said, I am going to do my best here on out to keep things tidy and fair. So, please stop with the hateful emails. I am waving my white flag.

Thanks! Bake on!