Provencal Vegetable Soup (au pistou)

This proven­cal veg­etable soup, called “soupe au pis­tou” in French, is a well-known spe­cial­i­ty of Provence. It con­tains a vari­ety of veg­eta­bles, and most impor­tant­ly comes with pis­tou, which is the French ver­sion of pesto. Pis­tou is a basil-gar­lic paste, which dif­fers from pesto in that it does not con­tain any nuts. The basil paste […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]