My Turkey Blanquette‑A French Tradition Made Easy

I ini­tial­ly want­ed to make a veal blan­quette, which is a well-known tra­di­tion­al French dish. My moth­er makes the best veal blan­quette, and eat­ing her blan­quette is a fam­i­ly tra­di­tion. I want­ed to repro­duce my moth­er’s dish in the US. How­ev­er, it was more com­pli­cat­ed than I thought. First, it was dif­fi­cult to find veal. […]

Everyday Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lor­raine, named after the French region of Lor­raine where it orig­i­nat­ed, is prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar of all quich­es. You will find it in almost all cafés in Paris, and most French fam­i­lies will eat it fre­quent­ly. Quiche Lor­raine is easy to make and loved by every­body, includ­ing kids. It is a sim­ple, easy […]

Easy Boeuf Bourguignon (French Beef Stew)

Boeuf Bour­guignon, which lit­er­al­ly means Bur­gundy Beef, is a very-well known tra­di­tion­al French dish. As its name indi­cates, it orig­i­nates from the Bur­gundy region, which is famous for its wine. So nat­u­ral­ly, boeuf bour­guignon is beef cooked in Bur­gundy wine. It is braised over an extend­ed peri­od of time, togeth­er with car­rots, onions, gar­lic and […]

A Cassoulet with US Ingredients

A cou­ple of days ago, one of my read­ers chal­lenged me to make a Cas­soulet using ingre­di­ents found in the US. The Cas­soulet is a spe­cial­i­ty from the South­west region of France. It is a dish com­posed of main­ly white beans and var­i­ous pieces of meat, main­ly porc, cooked on low heat over an extend­ed […]

Broccoli Gratin (kid-friendly)

Look­ing for a new way to eat broc­coli, and make a full meal out of it? Broc­coli gratin is a won­der­ful way to do just that. As an added bonus, it will get your kids to like broc­coli. Since I made this broc­coli gratin, my youngest is con­stant­ly ask­ing for broc­coli! A won­der­ful fam­i­ly meal! […]

Chicken Basquaise (Red Pepper Tomato Chicken)

I was look­ing for a new chick­en recipe, and I came across Basquaise Chick­en, which is cooked in the man­ner of the French region of Pays Basque (South­west of France). I had a vague mem­o­ry of eat­ing it in my child­hood, and I remem­bered it being quite tasty. So I tried an easy recipe for […]

French Onion Soup (Easy)

I can’t believe how easy it is to make this French onion soup, AND how good it tastes! Quick, healthy, and deli­cious! The per­fect meal for these cold Fall and Win­ter days. So excit­ed to share this soup recipe! It comes with melt­ed cheese on toast­ed bread, to make it extra deli­cious. A French clas­sic […]

Gratin Dauphinois (Authentic Recipe)

Gratin dauphi­nois is a famous tra­di­tion­al French dish from the Dauphiné region (South­east of France). This gratin con­tains raw pota­toes, cream and milk, baked in a dish rubbed with gar­lic. Some recipes add grat­ed cheese to it, since gratins usu­al­ly include cheese. How­ev­er, the authen­tic gratin dauphi­nois does not include any cheese. Today, I am shar­ing an […]

Easy Light Moist Salmon

Salmon is a deli­cious fish, but it can some­times get dry when cooked. This recipe is amaz­ing because it makes for a light moist salmon, that is deli­cious and not dry at all. In addi­tion, the sauce has a light sweet taste that kids love. All around a great way for the whole fam­i­ly to […]

Sun Tart à la Provençale

This is anoth­er way of mak­ing a “tarte soleil”, a.k.a. sun­burst tart, with puff pas­try (see the oth­er tarte soleil here). In this sun tart à la provençale, the rays of the sun are cov­er­ing the tart’s fill­ing. It looks beau­ti­ful, and it tastes even bet­ter! This tart uses fla­vors from the region of Provence, hence […]

Everyday Eggplant Gratin

Cook­ing “au gratin” means bak­ing an ingre­di­ent with a top­ping of grat­ed cheese to cre­ate a gold­en brown crusty top. It is a French culi­nary tech­nique that is quick and easy to pre­pare, and it is deli­cious! Today, I am mak­ing one of my favorite every­day gratin recipes: egg­plant gratin, by Jean-François Mal­let. This is […]

Tarte Fleur (Flower Tart)

This tart looks so pret­ty! As soon as I saw it, want­ed to make it! And it tastes as good as it looks! Appro­pri­ate­ly named “tarte fleur,” which means flower tart in French, this savory tart con­sists of thin slices of veg­eta­bles and pro­sciut­to, arranged in the shape of a flower. What a beau­ti­ful way […]

Light Turkey with Pumpkin

I post­ed pre­vi­ous­ly on how to bake light fla­vor­ful fish  by wrap­ping it in parch­ment paper, a French tech­nique called en papil­lote. This tech­nique works for bak­ing light turkey as well. Since pump­kin is in sea­son right now, why not bake light turkey en papil­lote with pump­kin? The com­bi­na­tion of fla­vors is deli­cious, and it is […]

Easy and Fun Tarte Soleil (Sunburst Tart)

The Tarte Soleil may look intim­i­dat­ing at first, but it is actu­al­ly very easy to make! Like the toma­to tart, this is one of these every­day tarts with end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. It looks like a beau­ti­ful sun­burst, which is so fun! Per­fect for a par­ty as your guests can just pull out their own “ray of […]

Pumpkin Velouté

It’s Fall, and pump­kins are every­where! But what can you make with them? While Amer­i­cans would prob­a­bly be quick to answer “pump­kin pie”, the French answer is like­ly to be “soup,” and more specif­i­cal­ly “velouté,” a creamy soup. The great thing about a pump­kin velouté is that you can present it in the pump­kin. So […]

Everyday Tomato Tart

Toma­to tart is one of these every­day meals that is so com­mon at the din­ner table of most fam­i­lies in France. The rea­son is that it is very easy to make, requires very few ingre­di­ents, and pleas­es every­one, includ­ing kids. Every French Mom I know has her own ver­sion of the toma­to tart, and vari­a­tions […]

Easy Tomato and Sausage Bake

This is a VERY easy toma­to and sausage bake recipe. Per­fect for when you don’t want to spend much time cook­ing, and need a meal that every­one, includ­ing kids, will love to eat!

Salmon and Leek French Quiche

Quiche is a sta­ple of every­day French Food. This easy recipe for Salmon and Leek French Quiche is deli­cious and loved by every­one, includ­ing kids!

Delicious and Healthy Shrimp à la Provençale

Cook­ing “à la Provençale” means in the style of the region of Provence (south of France), which usu­al­ly involves cook­ing in olive oil with toma­toes and garlic/onion. This style of cook­ing is deli­cious and healthy. Today, I am shar­ing a shrimp recipe “à la Provençale” that is quick and easy to make.

Light, Healthy and Flavorful Fish

Today, I want to share with you a French Cook­ing Tech­nique which works won­ders with fish. It is called “en papil­lote”, which essen­tial­ly means wrap­ping the fish in parch­ment paper and bak­ing it in the oven. This allows for the fla­vors to min­gle and inten­si­fy as the fish cooks in its own steam. The result […]