Olive Bread from Provence (Fougasse)

Don’t you just love Provence???!!! The sun­shine, the Mediter­ranean Sea, and of course, the deli­cious food! This Olive Bread from Provence, called Fougasse, is very easy to make, and it is a delight for olive lovers. This bread will make you feel like you are in Provence sit­ting at a restau­rant admir­ing the views! Olive […]

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, […]

Zucchini Tart

This Zuc­chi­ni Tart is an easy every­day tart that com­bines the fla­vors of fresh zuc­chi­ni with goat cheese and mint. Though zuc­chi­ni and goat cheese is a com­mon com­bi­na­tion, mint is less so, but as it turns out, mint goes incred­i­bly well with it! I love how the mint gives a fun unex­pect­ed twist to […]

Zucchini Tomato Quiche

Quiche is always a won­der­ful din­ner dish. Easy to make, and a great way to enjoy fresh veg­eta­bles. I had the idea of mak­ing a quiche with proven­cal fla­vors, hence this zuc­chi­ni toma­to quiche. I added Provence herbs and gar­lic to com­plete the proven­cal style. The veg­eta­bles are deli­cious­ly sea­soned and per­fect­ly bal­ance the quiche’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Goat Cheese Salad (au chêvre chaud)

Goat cheese sal­ad is a sta­ple of Parisian cafés. It is one of these every­day sal­ads that you find every­where. Though there are some vari­a­tions on what the sal­ad con­tains, all goat cheese sal­ads include warm goat cheese, usu­al­ly on toast­ed bread. It is the com­bi­na­tion of fresh cold greens with warm goat cheese that […]

Stuffed Tomatoes (Tomates Farcies)

Tomates far­cies, which means stuffed toma­toes, is a very com­mon every­day meal in France. It is easy to make, and pleas­es the whole fam­i­ly, includ­ing kids. It is typ­i­cal to serve it for din­ner, with rice on the side. A quick, easy, and deli­cious fam­i­ly din­ner!   Recipe This is my per­son­al recipe. Ingre­di­ents are […]

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 […]

Nicoise Salad (Easy)

Healthy and deli­cious, the Nicoise Sal­ad is a spe­cial­i­ty from the city of Nice, on the French Riv­iera. Hence the name nicoise (mean­ing “from Nice”, actu­al­ly spelled “niçoise” in French). This sal­ad comes in dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions. At a min­i­mum, it con­tains tuna and/or anchovies, toma­toes, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and olive oil in the dress­ing. It […]

My Bouillabaisse with US ingredients

Bouil­l­abaisse is a very pop­u­lar provençal fish stew from the port city of Mar­seille. I real­ly want­ed to make one in the US, but being so far away from the Mediter­ranean, I could not find the Mediter­ranean fish tra­di­tion­al­ly used in Bouil­l­abaisse, so I had to be cre­ative. I came up with my own recipe, […]

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 […]

Clementine Salmon en Papillote

This clemen­tine salmon en papil­lote is an absolute­ly deli­cious way to enjoy salmon! As you might recall, en papil­lote is a French cook­ing tech­nique in which food is wrapped in parch­ment paper, and then baked in the oven. This clemen­tine salmon papil­lote com­bines the fla­vors of bacon and clemen­tine with the taste of salmon. It […]

Scallops à l’Armoricaine

Scal­lops à l’Armoricaine take their name from the Armor­i­caine sauce, a toma­­to-white wine sauce, used for the dish. Scal­lops are typ­i­cal­ly eat­en over the hol­i­days in France, for Christ­mas or New Year’s. The Armor­i­caire sauce goes par­tic­u­lar­ly well with scal­lops, which makes this a per­fect­ly deli­cious dish for the hol­i­days. Ingre­di­ents If you can’t find […]

Provençal Tian (Vegetable Dish)

Provençal Tian is a veg­etable dish from Provence (South of France). The name Tian comes from the earth­en­ware dish tra­di­tion­al­ly used to bake it. Provençal Tian uses veg­eta­bles tra­di­tion­al­ly found in Provence: egg­plant, zuc­chi­ni and toma­toes, along with olive oil, and Provence herbs. Fla­vors meld while veg­eta­bles bake in the oven on low heat over […]

Chicken à la Provençale

I love chick­en à la provençale (in the man­ner of Provence) with toma­toes, gar­lic and olives. It is a healthy and light way to cook chick­en. It also makes for a very moist chick­en, which is great because chick­en has a ten­den­cy to get dry. I have a won­der­ful fam­i­ly recipe that is very easy […]

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 […]

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 […]