Cream Cheese Salmon Bread

This Cream Cheese Salmon Bread is sim­i­lar to the sweet French brioche, but for the fact that it is savory and filled with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Deli­cious! And I love the fact that it is some­thing “new” that most peo­ple have nev­er seen before. I like the cream cheese salmon fill­ing, but you […]

Artichoke Vinaigrette

When I was a kid vis­it­ing my grand­par­ents in the French coun­try­side, we often had arti­choke vinai­grette for din­ner. I used to think it was so much fun to detach the leaves of the arti­choke and dip them in the vinai­grette! Plus, it was extra spe­cial to get to the fuzzy cen­ter of the arti­choke, […]

Asparagus with Light Mousseline Sauce

Spring is here! It’s the per­fect time to enjoy aspara­gus. Aspara­gus with Light Mous­se­line Sauce is a won­der­ful way to dip aspara­gus in a sauce, with­out gain­ing any weight because the sauce is super light! Mous­se­line sauce is a French sauce, tra­di­tion­al­ly made with egg and cream. My recipe keeps the egg, but uses fat […]

Shredded Carrot Salad

Shred­ded Car­rot Sal­ad is a sta­ple of French every­day food. Quick and easy to make, it is also incred­i­bly healthy. Dress­ings vary, but usu­al­ly include oil and/or vine­gar with a vari­ety of herbs and spices. I recent­ly dis­cov­ered that adding orange juice makes for a deli­cious dress­ing! My dress­ing is thus a mix­ture of orange […]

Boursin® Mushrooms

Boursin® Mush­rooms are a great idea for using French Boursin® cheese to make a fun and tasty appe­tiz­er or side dish. The idea is to stuff mush­rooms with Boursin® cheese, and bake them in the oven. Extreme­ly easy, and deli­cious! Ingre­di­ents Boursin® cheese is fair­ly easy to find in the US. I use the Boursin® with […]

Tapenade Star Puff Pastry

I just post­ed a recipe for tape­nade, a provençal black olive spread. As a fol­low up, I want­ed to show you a great way to serve tape­nade, in a puff pas­try shaped as a star. The tape­nade star puff pas­try is very easy to pre­pare, and makes for a very beau­ti­ful appe­tiz­er. Recipe You will […]

Tapenade (Provençal Black Olive Spread)

Tape­nade is a spe­cial­i­ty from Provence. It is essen­tial­ly pureed dark olives with capers, anchovies, and olive oil. You can serve it with slices of bread as a great appe­tiz­er dip, or spread it on lit­tle toasts. Tape­nade is also used in many tart fill­ings (toma­to tart for exam­ple) or savory puff pas­tries. Though you […]

Cheese Soufflé (Easy)

Cheese Souf­flé is a French dish made pri­mar­i­ly with egg yolks, whipped egg whites, and cheese. Its char­ac­ter­is­tic is that it “lifts” or “puffs,” while being baked in the oven. The verb “souffler“means “to puff” in French. It is quite fun to watch it puff, and makes for a light, deli­cious, and fun appe­tiz­er, or […]

Roasted Peppers in Olive Oil

These roast­ed pep­pers in olive oil are col­or­ful, and they taste like the sun­shine of the Mediter­ranean Coast! This recipe is from my grand­fa­ther who used to make these all the time on the French Riv­iera. Light, fresh, healthy, these roast­ed pep­pers are a deli­cious appe­tiz­er! Roast­ed Pep­pers Recipe This is my grand­fa­ther’s recipe. If […]

Croque-Monsieur Appetizer

Croque-Mon­sieur, a ham and cheese baked sand­wich, is one of these quick meals you com­mon­ly find in French cafés. You would typ­i­cal­ly have it for a quick lunch with a sal­ad. How­ev­er, late­ly I have been see­ing croque-mon­sieur appe­tiz­ers, and I got the idea of using a cook­ie cut­ter to make cute mini croque-mon­sieurs. It’s […]

Salmon Avocado Quick and Easy Appetizer

I love this salmon avo­ca­do appe­tiz­er. Only takes about 5 min­utes of very easy prepa­ra­tion. It is light, fresh, and looks pret­ty. It is also quite ver­sa­tile. If you don’t want to put the smoked salmon mix in an avo­ca­do, you can put it on lit­tle toasts with cream cheese to make canapés. This appe­tiz­er […]

Light and Healthy Cold Ratatouille

Rata­touille is a well-known French Provençal veg­etable dish. It is super healthy and deli­cious. It can be either warm or cold. The recipe I am shar­ing with you today is for a cold Rata­touille, which is why I cat­e­go­rized it as a sal­ad. I love cold Rata­touille because you can just do the prep work […]

Light and Healthy Mushroom Salad

Are you tired of your every­day sal­ad? Look­ing for some­thing new, light and healthy? This deli­cious Mush­room Sal­ad is for you!