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 … Continue reading Tarte aux pommes
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 … Continue reading Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée aka French Onion Soup
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 … Continue reading Mardi Gras Beignet or Pets d’âne
French Toast is a yummy luscious breakfast treat in the US with a French twist … but do you know the humble creation and unglamorous origin of French Toast ? French Toast in French is called “pain perdu” which literally … Continue reading The Unglamorous Origin of “French Toast” or pain perdu!
Les Petites Madeleines de Proust Il y avait déjà bien des années que, de Combray, tout ce qui n’était pas le théâtre et le drame de mon coucher, n’existait plus pour moi, quand un jour d’hiver, comme je rentrais à … Continue reading Les Petites Madeleines de Proust
Mastering the Art of French Cooking with Julia Child Courtesy reprint: Amazon This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes. “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And … Continue reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking with Julia Child
A Croque-Monsieur is simply a yummy grilled ham and cheese sandwich. It originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack. Typically,Emmental or Gruyère cheese is used. The name is based on the verb croquer (“to crunch”) and the word monsieur (“mister”). The sandwich’s first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu was in 1910. The lady version of a … Continue reading Croque-Monsieur or Madame: French Grilled-Cheese Sandwich!
Enjoy this Chocolate Fondue Recipe with Love! Simple Ingredients: Milk or Dark Chocolate Light Cream Vanilla Extract 1. Over low heat, break up the chocolate squares and melt with the cream in a pot. 2. Stir until melted, smooth & warm. 3. When … Continue reading Happy Valentines with Chocolate Fondue!
C’est la Chandeleur, faites sauter les crêpes! Le 2 février en France on fait sauter les crêpes pour la Chandeleur ( Candlemas) pour célébrer le retour des jours ensoleillés ( la crêpe symbole du soleil) ! Aux USA ce … Continue reading Faites sauter les crêpes!
Fondue, Raclette and Tartiflette! It’s 47 F in Los Angeles today! I’d say it’s time to take out the fondue pot and the Raclette! These dishes are traditional French winter dishes … my kind of comfort food! Usually these cheesy … Continue reading Fondue,Raclette and Tartiflette!
January 6th is l’épiphanie or la Galette des rois /King’s Cake Day celebrated all over France reminiscent of the biblical tradition of the 3 wise men’s journey bearing gifts after the birth of Jesus. Should you get the fève or bean hidden in … Continue reading La Galette des rois