Maple Syrup Cookies

These maple syrup cook­ies are deli­cious and very easy to make. The recipe is orig­i­nal­ly a French “sablés” cook­ies recipe. I added an Amer­i­can touch with the maple syrup to make these per­fect cook­ies to enjoy any time of day, with tea or cof­fee, or as an after-school snack for your kids. Enjoy! Note: These […]

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 […]

Hedgehog Cookies (Easy)

These hedge­hog cook­ies are adorable and yum­my! I made them for my kids and they just loved it! The per­fect sweet treat! Hedge­hog Cook­ies Recipe My source of inspi­ra­tion was this French recipe, but I changed a few things to make it eas­i­er to make in the US. Note: you will need a pas­try brush […]

Rhubarb Tart

For a long time now, I have been hear­ing amaz­ing things about the rhubarb tart by French pas­try chef Philippe Con­tici­ni. This tart is sup­posed to be THE tart that will make you love rhubarb. It is filled with sweet­ly stewed rhubarb that sits atop a thin lay­er of almond paste, and is cov­ered with […]

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 […]

Stuffed Eggplant and Peppers

Stuffed egg­plant and pep­pers is com­mon in Provence, where these veg­eta­bles are plen­ti­ful. The egg­plant and pep­pers are stuffed with meat, onions, gar­lic, toma­to, herbs and olive oil, which makes this a light, healthy and deli­cious dish. I use ground turkey meat for my stuff­ing. This makes the dish even lighter and health­i­er than it […]

Tarte au Sucre (Sugar Pie)

Tarte au Sucre is a spe­cial­i­ty from North­ern France, the city of Lille and its sur­round­ings. Though it is called a tart, it is more akin to a sweet pas­try. It ressem­bles a brioche with a sug­ary creamy fill­ing. Tarte au Sucre is very much sweet com­fort food, a very com­fort­ing note to the end […]

Kouglof (Raisin-Filled Sweet Bread)

The Kou­glof, a raisin-filled brioche (sweet bread), is a spe­cial­i­ty from the French region of Alsace (North-East of France). Due to the prox­im­i­ty to Ger­many, Alsa­t­ian spe­cial­i­ties tend to ressem­ble Ger­man spe­cial­i­ties. In this case, the Kou­glof ressem­bles a Ger­man sweet bread with rum-soaked raisins, yet it comes with its own dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, that makes […]

Almond Raspberry Tartlets

These almond rasp­ber­ry tartlets are deli­cious and they look amaz­ing. They are also very quick and easy to make. The per­fect sweet treat for your guests, served as an appe­tiz­er or a dessert.   You can buy tart­let shells at your gro­cery store, which makes the tartlets even eas­i­er to make. If you pre­fer to […]

Lyonnaise Salad (Easy)

Lyon­naise sal­ad takes its name from the French city of Lyon, where it orig­i­nat­ed. Lyon is well-known for its rich culi­nary her­itage. The sal­ad is a deli­cious com­bi­na­tion of greens, crisp lar­dons (bacon), warm poached egg, and crou­tons. Tra­di­tion­al­ly, the greens are bit­ter frisée, but arugu­la or oth­er bit­ter greens work just as well. I […]

Valentine’s Day Cookies

My Valen­tine’s Day Cook­ies are sim­i­lar to the Hal­loween Sablés Cook­ies I loved mak­ing for Hal­loween. The idea is the same, but, since these are Valen­tine’s day cook­ies, I am using heart-shaped cook­ie cut­ters and straw­ber­ry pre­serve for the red col­or. I also decid­ed to use a dif­fer­ent recipe for the dough, that does not […]

Pains au lait (with chocolate chips)

Pains au lait are deli­cious sweet but­tery buns, per­fect for break­fast or sweet after­noon snacks. They are easy to make, and kids love them! Pain au lait is a lit­tle sim­i­lar to brioche as it is sweet bread, yet dif­fer­ent, in that the only liq­uid used is milk. Hence the name: “pain” means “bread,” and […]

Savory Buckwheat Crepe

Tomor­row, Feb­ru­ary 2nd, is the French hol­i­day of “Chan­deleur,” when the French tra­di­tion­al­ly eat crepes to cel­e­brate. In France, the savory crepes are made of dark buck­wheat flour, where­as the sweet crepes are made of white all-pur­­pose flour. Most Amer­i­cans are famil­iar with the white crepes, but less so with the buck­wheat crepes, so I […]

Tarte Tropezienne

The Tarte Tropezi­enne was cre­at­ed in the beau­ti­ful town of Saint Tropez, on the French Riv­iera.  As the sto­ry goes, famous French actress Brigitte Bar­dot fell in love with the dessert while film­ing a movie there, and sug­gest­ed the name “tarte tropezi­enne.” The cake was there­after named “tarte tropezi­enne.” It is com­posed of a brioche […]

Colorful Bell Pepper Tart

I love how pret­ty this bell pep­per tart looks. Love the col­ors, and pat­tern! It is actu­al­ly quite easy to make. A light, deli­cious, and pret­ty tart! Bell Pep­per Tart Recipe Recipe in French here. The French recipe uses ham and moz­zarel­la, but I chose to use turkey and pro­volone instead. You can use any […]

Galette des Rois (French King Cake)

In France, on the fes­ti­val of Epiphany on Jan­u­ary 6, it is cus­tom­ary to eat a King cake called Galette des Rois (roi means king, in French). The galette is a puff pas­try filled with frangi­pane. It con­tains a small hid­den object (usu­al­ly, a small fig­urine or a bean). Who­ev­er gets the slice with the […]

Pear Tart (Tarte Bourdaloue)

I love this deli­cious pear tart filled with a sweet almond paste. It is one of my favorite French desserts! The tart was invent­ed in a pas­try shop on Bourdaloue street in Paris, hence the name Tarte Bourdaloue. This French clas­sic is absolute­ly deli­cious! Recipe I tried many recipes for the Tarte Bourdaloue, and my […]

Holiday Cookies in 3 Flavors

These deli­cious French hol­i­day cook­ies are all made with the same dough, but come in 3 dif­fer­ent fla­vors: man­darin, vanil­la, and cin­na­mon. So fun to be able to enjoy 3 dif­fer­ent fla­vors in the same batch of cook­ies! Plus, the recipe is quick and easy! Uten­sils I used a cook­ie press to make my cook­ies. […]

Salmon-Spinach Puff Pastry

This salmon-spinach puff pas­try is super easy to make and looks great! It’s a deli­cious way to eat salmon. And you can eas­i­ly cus­tomize it to include any veg­etable you like. You can even sub­sti­tute the salmon with anoth­er fish, or meat. This is just a great tech­nique to know! Enjoy!

Pretty Apple Rose Tarts

These pret­ty apple rose tarts are so beau­ti­ful, they look like ros­es! But don’t be fool by their appear­ance, they are actu­al­ly easy to make once you know the tech­nique. And the result is impres­sive: deli­cious, and beau­ti­ful! Just made them for my in-laws, and they were so impressed! You can eas­i­ly learn to make […]