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 […]

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 […]

Onion Tarte Tatin (Upside-down Tart)

This Onion Tarte Tatin is a fun way to make an onion tart, apply­ing the tra­di­tion­al apple tarte tatin tech­nique to onions. The idea is to cook the onions in a skil­let on low heat, with the sweet fla­vors of hon­ey and cin­na­mon, along with nut­meg, pep­per, and bal­sam­ic vine­gar to top it off. Then, […]

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 […]

Mushroom Quiche (Easy)

Vis­it­ing my in-laws for the hol­i­days, I was asked to make quiche, and since they like mush­rooms, it end­ed up being a mush­room quiche. This mush­room quiche is easy-to-make and deli­cious! Every­one loved it!   Recipe As always with quiche, you will need to either make the quiche crust your­self (recipe here) or buy an […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Spinach Quiche (kid-friendly)

Spinach quiche is very easy to make, and is a won­der­ful way to get your fam­i­ly to eat spinach. My 6 year-old loves this quiche! A great, easy, fam­i­ly din­ner recipe! Recipe I like to put goat cheese in my spinach quiche as I find spinach goes par­tic­u­lar­ly well with goat cheese. If you do […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]