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About MM Chappell

I’m Mary Margaret Chappell. Mary Margaret to English speakers, Mary to most people in France, M or MM to close family, colleagues, and friends. For 10+ years, I have been living and working in Cancale as a food editor, freelance writer, and now cooking instructor. My past gigs include (in no particular order): pastry chef, caterer, internet startup minion, home and decorating expert, astrology writer, English teacher, technical translator, summer camp cook, theater instructor, Hamburglar (when I was 16 and working at McDonald’s), vegan baker, gluten-free guru, and personal assistant to a well-known French actor. I’ve also waited tables and worked for temporary agencies in between times. The one constant in my life throughout these job changes has been cooking. Even when I was babysitting in college (oops, forgot to put that on the list), I was finding ways to bake cookies or pop popcorn with my little wards. I feel very lucky that I get to do what makes me happy in a place that makes me happy. And for those times when I’m not in Cancale, my life in my adopted home pervades everything I do–and cook.

Green beans almondine

When I came to France for the first time as a teenager, I thought green beans almondine were the quintessence of French culinary sophistication. They’re still pretty fab. I a [...]

2022-07-24T03:49:19-04:000 Comments

Wild Garlic Pesto

This stuff is GOOD. It’s probably the best way to preserve wild garlic. I chose to use walnuts here because their flavor wouldn’t overpower the rest the way other nuts might [...]

2022-04-02T05:52:46-04:000 Comments

Scallop Carpaccio

Scallop carpaccio looks so pretty, sounds so sophisticated, and it is actually one of the easiest ways to prepare scallops. One of the best, too, when you have really, really [...]

2022-04-03T10:55:15-04:000 Comments

Creamy Artichoke Soup

Brittany is known for its artichokes, and they are in season here during all but the coldest and hottest times of year. When they aren’t, I turn to frozen artichoke bottoms ( [...]

2022-01-25T08:52:57-05:000 Comments