Holiday Menu

magret duck wtih orange sauce in France

I know, you’ve had it planned for weeks. But what if you haven’t?  Holidays include many serendipitous moments, when friends call unexpectedly, family plans change to include or lose one or two, a few kilos of scallops arrive on the doorstep and an unexpected celebration ensues.  Or maybe you’ve simply been too busy to sit […]

Rabbit in all its Splendor

rabbit on the grill, with herbs and bacon

The biggest hurdle?  Peter Rabbit, that wily, lovable blue-jacketed character created by naturalist and author Beatrix Potter.  Who couldn’t love him?  Who could eat his relatives? Most recipes for rabbit come from the farm – hearty yet delicate, simple and laden with flavor.  As it happens, the French can eat his relatives and do, all […]

Dukkah

Fennel, hazelnuts, paprika, fleur de sel, black pepper, freshly ground

  Toasty. Crunchy.  Spicy.  Simple. Exotic. That’s dukkah, the Middle Eastern blend of toasted nuts and spices that makes people stop in their track to ask “What IS this gorgeous mixture?” I discovered dukkah when I was working on Nuts in the Kitchen, where it is part of the recipe collection. My cooking students had […]

Meet Me at the American Library in Paris December 4

  Meet me at the AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Tuesday, December 4, for  Evening with an Author, as I talk about the glories, flavors, tastes, and foibles of FRENCH GRILL!  Book signing, Tastes and Conversation to follow… 10, rue General Camou, 75007 Metro: Ecole Militaire (line 8); Alma-Marceau (line 9) Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. […]

Persimmon Bread

persimmon bread

It’s persimmon season in California, as I found to my delight while there to teach a cooking class.  There they were in profusion – at the farmers’ market in Studio City, rolling out of the fruit bowl at my dear friend’s home where I was staying and, one day, in a huge bag at the […]

Flavors of Brittany

Breton Pork Stew

On the GR 34As an inveterate hiker, I think any season is a good one for taking to the trails, particularly as a break from intense work, when the mind needs a flush of fresh air, the body a period of intense activity.   Which is probably all of the time for most of us… […]

Hangar Steak and Figs on the Grill

Figs on the grill

Eileen and Betsy are back!  Busily grilling their way through French Grill, they’ve just sent this new missive!!   “So we had last Saturday night set aside to do something simple for four people…we ended up with nine.  Word travels when we get out our French Grill cookbooks.  It’s like Catholics flocking to Lourdes for […]

Techniques and Vikings – Just another Week at On Rue Tatin

Plums with custard

Bonjour from the warmest French October since 1878, so say the meteorologists.  it’s lovely waking up to blue skies every day, watching as the leaves turn slowly from green to all colors, to ride a bicycle wearing shirt sleeves.  It’s also ominous, like Ground Hog Day, simply because it’s abnormal.  At the market a grower lamented […]

Tarte Tatin

apple tart

Every time I make Tarte Tatin I think about my time as an apprentice in the kitchens at La Varenne. There, Chef Albert Jorant taught us pastry.  I worked with Chef Jorant on a book, too, putting my hands in the photographs of his pastries. It was here that I learned the fine points of […]

Sweet Potatoes and Eggs – French Grill

FRENCH sweet potatoes

I got to thinking about eggs the other day. My thoughts were stimulated by my friend Betty who gave me, as a hostess gift, a dozen eggs from her husband’s chickens. I specify the “her husband’s” part. Louis – the husband – takes care of chickens the way he takes care of everything, with enormous […]