Best French Breakfast: Oeuf à la Coque


Of course,when you think of a typical French breakfast, images of buttery croissants and pain au chocolat come to mind, but there's another French classic favorite breakfast or "petit déjeuner" that every French man, woman, and child has grown up with. It is the glorious "Oeuf à la Coque!" literally translated as 'Egg in its … Continue reading Best French Breakfast: Oeuf à la Coque

Les Petits Macarons


There are early accounts of the creation of a Macaron almond cookie, which could have been the inspiration for the Macaron we enjoy today. Traditionally it is believed that it was introduced in France by the Queen Catherine de Medici's Italian chef during the Renaissance. It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “Macaron” took … Continue reading Les Petits Macarons

Jambon-Beurre Iconic French Sandwich


The Jambon-Beurre aka Le Parisien or Paris Beurre sandwich is a French iconic sandwich that has been around since the 19th century born in the Halles of Paris during the workers' lunch break. What more simpler than half a baguette smothered with butter and a few slices of deli ham! This is a classic and … Continue reading Jambon-Beurre Iconic French Sandwich

Galette des Rois Tradition and Recipe


On January 6th all over France, we celebrate Epiphany Day 12 days after Christmas with La Galette des Rois which is reminiscent of the biblical Christian tradition of the three wise men’s journey or Les Trois Rois Mages bearing gifts of gold, myrrh, and incense following the birth of Jesus. The three wise men or … Continue reading Galette des Rois Tradition and Recipe

Les Escargots de Bourgogne


‘Burgundy snails’ this is Helix species of snail Roman snail Il pleut il mouille c'est la fête à la grenouille but it's also la chasse aux escargots! When it rains the frogs come out but it's also open snail season especially after thunder or early morning dew. « Quand l’orage gronde, l’escargot corne »When thunder roars, the … Continue reading Les Escargots de Bourgogne

French Macarons 10 Easy Steps Recipe


10 Easy Steps Recipe to Make French Macarons It's amazing how these delicious bites of heaven only contain 3 basic ingredients: almond flour, sugar, egg whites. Here are ten (10) easy steps to making authentic French Macarons. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the filling, the traditional filling is buttercream and you can also … Continue reading French Macarons 10 Easy Steps Recipe

Galette des Rois – 3 Easy Recipes


This is an easy Galette des Rois recipe for Epiphany Day or La Fête des Rois which is a French tradition on January 6 read more about it here too. I've made several times at home and it is delicious. This is a basic list of ingredients with 3 variations for the almond filling that I adapt … Continue reading Galette des Rois – 3 Easy Recipes

Bûche de Noël – Christmas Yule Log Cake


Cette année la bûche de Noël c'est chocolat, marron, café ou citron? Bûche Michel Richard 2017 Bûche américaine  Bûche Gilets Jaune 2018   Bûche de la Madeleine Bakery  2019   Pinterest Twitter Facebook Instagram   © Copyright 2020 French A L.A Carte Blog  French Culture & Lifestyle in the USA   

Tarte aux pommes


French apple pie has nothing to do with its American patriotic cousin from the Vermont state.  In France we call apple pie: "Tarte aux pommes" and it is more of a tart than a pie. The difference is that a pie usually has another layer covering the filling, while tarts leave it open. It is a classic, … Continue reading Tarte aux pommes

Let Them Eat Crêpes!


Sweet or savory, crêpes are always a favorite treat or quick meal in any French household. There's nothing easier than making crépes. You will need: 2 cups Flour 4 eggs pinch of salt 1.4 cup melted butter 2 cups  of milk 2 tbs sugar Making crêpes is all in the wrist or the tour de main. … Continue reading Let Them Eat Crêpes!

Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée aka. French Onion Soup


Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée aka. French Onion Soup French onion soup anyone? Soupe à l'oignon gratinée,  SVP! Here's a little background: originating back in the Roman times, onions were readily available and this was a popular cheap daily soup... because the French know how to make wonderful things out of nothing. So easy to make... … Continue reading Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée aka. French Onion Soup

Mardi Gras Beignet or Pets d’âne


Beignet (ben-YAY) comes from the early Celtic word bigne meaning "to raise" and French for "fritter" made from deep-fried choux pastry or "pâte à choux". Beignets,  a New Orleans specialty, are fried, raised pieces of yeast dough, usually about 2 inches in diameter or 2 inches square. Sprinkled with sugar or coated with various icings, … Continue reading Mardi Gras Beignet or Pets d’âne