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5 Items to Bring out Your Inner French Chef


Made in France since 1925, Le Creuset has been making joy in the kitchen for over 90 years with its signature range of iconic cast iron cookware, tableware, kitchen tools and more.  

Now with your very own Le Creuset French Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, you’ll be better equipped to make your famous Coq au Vin or Boeuf Bourguignon in no time! You can find simple to follow recipes in my favorite Julia Child’s  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I picked only 5 items to bring out your inner French Chef. So, get inspired and start by choosing your color, I think the traditional Le Creuset signature color is Orange Flame,  but Caribbean Blue is an original color and would fit right in our kitchen. 😉 😉 😉

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart

These cast-irons Dutch Oven come in different quart sizes, this size is the perfect standard for family meals with leftovers.

Round French (Dutch) Oven, Caribbean

Also known as a Dutch oven, this updated kitchen classic enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and an advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset’s French ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.

Le Creuset Unisex French Trivet

This silicone Trivet is pretty enough to put on your dinner table to protect the surface from heat.

Le Creuset Spatula Spoon

So put on your apron and pour yourself a nice glass of wine and let’s get cooking! Your inner French Chef is ready!

Don’t forget the Le Creuset Screwdriver!

 This Le Creuset Set comes with 23 pieces

or even 16 pieces!

These are the types of items that will last a lifetime so it’s a good investment especially if you enjoy the French art of cooking. The sets are good deals actually and averages out much less per item than buying each one separately.

Take a peek at all the other BESTSELLERS from Le Creuset 

More to come from this authentic French brand and in the meantime happy cooking and Bon appétit!

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French Gifts for Bébé


French Gifts for Bébé

This has got to be my ultimate favorite selection! Every baby deserves to experience a bond with Sophie and to smell so yummyliciously Frenchly good (how would you say that in French? 🙂 I could go on and on about Mustela Product Line which has been thriving for over 60 years. (more to come on this brand) In France, I don’t think we host Baby Showers but these products make awesome baby gifts anytime in a pretty basket with other baby items for example!

 

If you grew up in France like I did, you’ll most likely remember having chewed and relieved your aching growing teeth on Sophie, La Girafe– The Giraffe’s neck. ( well, you may remember Sophie anyway if you don’t remember teething) Sophie La Girafe is a 100% rubber teether made by the French toy manufacturer Vulli since 1961!

 

 

I have a confession to make, I used Mustela with its sweet newborn baby smell made with sweet almond oil on my own face while I was taking care of my two little babies who grew up on this! The Mustela Newborn Kit is a good starter kit in a pretty baby gift basket for example 🙂 Mustela is deliciously addictive.

 

Mustela Bath Care  (bath oil, cleanser & cream) is so gentle and pure comes in 3 different skincare:  Normal, Dry, Sensitive, and Eczema Prone Skin and formulated with plant-based ingredients and Avocado Perseose, a patented natural ingredient and Ceramides infused with Cold Cream to deeply nourish and maintain healthy and comfortable skin. 

The Mustela Product Line is absolutely deliciously made and all the products deserve their own spotlight! This French brand has grown so much it now offers specially formulated products to help baby congestion, rashes, etc… Mustela skincare products are natural, hypoallergenic, gentle, and are safe for baby’s delicate skin. Go and explore!

Musti Eau de Soin, Mustela’s iconic fragrance, is composed of 92% plant-based ingredients, including Chamomile and Honey extracts to soothe and soften the skin. This water-based formula is hypoallergenic and safe to use from birth on. (spray-on baby clothes and bedding and older kids  will love it too:)

 

Petit Bateau is another French brand that is absolutely delightful made with 100% cotton for bébé’s comfort and style since 1920, but whose origins date back to 1893, in Troyes. Integrated into the Rocher Group since 1988, Petit Bateau is a children’s brand that became trans-generational in the 2000s thanks to the launch of the adult collection.

There are so many wonderful Authentic French Brands pour le bébé, more to come!

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The Ultimate French-Inspired Gift Guide


Bonjour my Francophile readers, I had fun selecting some French-inspired gift items for you. Some are humorous and totally cliché (although truthfully I really wouldn’t mind an authentic Laulhere HeritageBérêt in my favorite color Fushia 🙂 some truly celebrate the Made in France artisans, others are more practically French, and still some are just deliciously luxuriously French.

You’ll find ideas for your Francophile French-loving friends, your dinner party hostess, your co-worker, your sweetheart or chéri(e), your newborn baby, niece, nephew or grandchild, your favorite Chef, etc… I hope you’ll like them and feel free to browse through.

 The Ultimate French-Inspired Gift Guide

 

French-Inspired Cliché Gifts

This is a fun stereotype selection of cliché gifts for the true Francophile (Some items are hilarious and I wouldn’t mind having them too 🙂

 

 

Made in France Gifts  

This selection of items is specifically Made in France items to promote French savoir-faire and sustain our French Heritage and economy. Most are old traditional French Houses or Maisons that represent the best of France’s artisanship. (more to come on that!)

 

10 Classic French Perfumes

A selection of 10 classic men and women French fragrances for your chéri(e) ❤ from the best French Maison de Parfums from Grasse, France

 

French Gifts for Bébé

Some truly French-inspired baby gifts for the little ones (it’s never too early to have French flair and style:)

 

 

5 Items to Bring Out Your Inner French Chef

So put on your apron and pour yourself a nice glass of wine and let’s get cooking! Your inner French Chef is ready!

 

…and the list goes on, I think there’s something for everyone all year long and I enjoyed creating these French-inspired gift suggestions items for you.

Merci les amis and happy gift-giving 🙂

 

The Art of French Gift-Giving


There is an art of gift-giving in France,  faire un cadeau is an exquisite art built in the French lifestyle, etiquette, and savoir-vivre. For example, it is still considered lacking manners to show up at someone’s house as a guest “Les mains vides” or empty-handed without a little something to bring for the hostess: a bouquet of flowers (avoid chrysanthemums which are for funerals, red roses for lovers, and carnations considered bad luck)  a good bottle of wine, liquor or champagne, a box of fancy chocolates, or some bonbons or pâtes de fruits for the children of the house.

BYOB is maybe accepted with the younger generations for a BBQ for example, but I have yet to see a guest bring his own bottle of his or her favorite drink to consume as a guest in a French home.  That would be plain rude and would surely raise a few disapproving eyebrows. A good bottle of wine or champagne to share at apéritif is always a good idea.

The French customs of offering gifts or purchasing gifts has an old school and modern approach. I personally think that the French art of gift-giving is more subtle and thoughtful than the casual gift-giving in the US.  For example, a gift from a close friend is usually a well thought out gift, often time a little treasure that will be cherished and kept for a long time, like a pair of unique artisanal earrings, or a keepsake like a leather Paris Agenda (like the one I received from one of my Belgian friend living in Paris.) I also fondly remember that little red leather manicure set which my best childhood friend offered to me when I was ten years old as a farewell gift on the eve of the trip to America.

Overall,  gifts in France have a very personal and traditional connotation unless it’s business work-related or for a specific function. A gift is a gesture of appreciation, love, and comes from the heart to please the other person. *** Attention, SVP do not give your sweetheart perfumed soap as a gift as this is an item that the French consider more generic and for older members like your sweet auntie. (of course, Savon de Marseille has become quite a fancy popular go to luxurious item now in the US)

In general, in France there is not a specific ritual of gift-giving, and gifts are not always expected aside from traditional events such as a graduation, a promotion, a thank you gift, a baptism, a wedding, or an end of year gift. The holiday season is such an occasion to be more gift oriented than other times of the year but I have noticed that French gifts are mostly filled with sentimental value compared to the monetary value. For instance, a son may give his mother as a special gift her traditional expensive French Perfume, or his dad his favorite old aged Armagnac but most gifts are more practical and thoughtful of the person’s likes and personality.

I’ll always remember how one Christmas as a little girl, our adoptive US grandma came to spend the holidays at our apartment. She was quite wealthy and I remember fantasizing about all the gifts we would probably receive. Instead, I learned and was reminded of an important lesson. It is not about the value of the gift but the thought! That year Grandma Lynne gave both my sister and me a red stocking filled with mandarins and nuts, a memory I will always treasure and a tradition now in our home.

French elegance and lifestyle are in the details, and I remember how for Christmas Eve or Le Réveillon de Noel, for example, we would place a little token gift wrapped with gold or silver ribbons in the guests’ plates en cadeau d’assiette , or how we would leave our slippers or chaussons the French version of the Christmas stockings under the tree for Saint Nicolas our French Père Noel.  (But more to come on these traditions in an upcoming post.)

If you’re looking for some inspiration for a last-minute French-inspired gift idea you may want to check out The Ultimate French-Inspired Gift Guide 

Joyeuses fêtes!

 

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Made in France Gift Selection


This selection of items is specifically Made in France to promote French savoir-faire and sustain our French Heritage and economy. Most are old traditional French Maisons that represent the best of France’s artisanship and craftmanship and are still operating in France. Others started manufacturing in France and import also all over the world. Made in France gift items come in all sizes and prices, here’s an eclectic selection for all tastes and budget.

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Silk Scarf “La Parisienne”

This French classic Silk Scarf square is 100% Made in France in one of the oldest manufacturers in Lyon. The manufacturer creates silk twill scarves in Lyon since 1890. They produce scarves and “carrés” for the best luxury French brands. Click on the link for the whole collection.

 

 

Valrhona 52 French Gourmet Chocolate Squares 

This gourmet chocolate gift box by Valrhona contains 26 Guanaja Grand cru chocolate squares and 26 Abinao Grand cru chocolate squares. Guanaja is a Bitter Sweet Dark chocolate with 70% cacao. Elegant and powerful, the taste of this gourmet chocolate is like no other. Abina is bittersweet dark chocolate with 85% cacao. This box contains 52 chocolate squares and is perfect as a gift! This French gourmet chocolate is imported from France.

 

Dyptique Eau Rose Solid Perfume

This Diptyque classic has notes of Bergamot, Lychee, Rose, Cedar, Musks Eau Rose is the “Queen” of flowers unveiled. Mysterious in the dew, awakened by lychee. Sumptuous in the day, in the marriage of Centifolia and Damask roses. Sensual at dusk, caressed by cedar and honey.

Diptyque Luxurious Candles

Diptyque is a luxurious house founded in Paris in 1961 by three friends. Candles are pricey but the ingredients and floral oils make them a very long-lasting sensual gift.

 

Made in France Hand Fans by DUVELLEROY, 1827

A perfect gift as a souvenir from the Moulin Rouge, designed by the House of Duvelleroy, Paris, established in 1827. This hand-fan comes with a white pouch marked in gold. Click on the link for the full collection.

Crafted in a cauldron following authentic tradition as its ancestor the original Marseille cube soap, Compagnie de Provence makes liquid soap from vegetable oil of coconut, natural glycerine, free of coloring agents, animal fats or synthetic surfactants in delicious fragrances as well as hand and body creams.

 

 

 

Emile Henry Made In France Baguette Baker

Perfect for baking artisanal bread, this ceramic loaf baker ensures that the bread retains the ideal amount of humidity while baking. Made from Burgundy clay, each baker provides even, gentle heating and features vent holes that allow excess moisture to escape to create a crisp crust with good interior crumb structure. The three cavities help form the dough into three ideal baguettes.

 

 

La Chatelaine Luxury Soap Gift Box

La Chatelaine luxury soaps are a triple-milled tradition and made in Provence, France using time-honored traditions to create a long-lasting bar with an irresistibly luxurious lather. Enriched with organic Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Calendula, and Vitamin E to leave your skin feeling cleansed, soft, and moisturized, they can be used for hands and body. This 6-piece soap selection is scented with fragrances created by distinguished perfumers in Grasse, France.

 


Authentic and heirloom-quality Laguiole en Aubrac Made in France near the village of Laguiole, in the region of Aubrac, France.  Each piece is a unique work of art, handmade by a single craftsman. 

Bonne Maman Confiture

Bonne Maman is the #1  selling line of specialty preserves providing the “Gold Standard” against which all other premium preserves are measured. Exported to over 100 countries and are top-rated in taste tests.

Voilà! more to come…

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