NUTMEG, France, gold, expensive, French cuisine

Nutmeg, More Precious Than Gold

In the 14th century, a pound of nutmeg was purportedly worth three sheep and a cow; in the 17th century, the little, fragrant nut was valued higher than gold.

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crescent rolls, French, American rolls, France, Paris

Thanksgiving 2023

What matters is that we are all cooking and enjoying time together at the table.  List or no, one thing I never forget is to

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potage, soup, French soup, French cuisine

French Comfort Foods

So as Mother Tongue is the comfortable language (which maybe makes us think of Mother), comfort food is that which inspires comfort in the individual.

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lemon tart, French cuisine, French pastry, Paris, Normandy

Cook From Your Heart

I cooked for a French family to earn my keep while I studied as an apprentice chef in Paris.  At first, I was completely petrified.

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FRENCH CUISINE, tarts, pastry, cooking classes

Cook French: Make Tarts

The most important part of a tart is not the filling. It’s the pastry. There are three major pastry categories in the French repertoire: pâte

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roast turkey, holidays, France, French cuisine

French Holiday Dishes

Capon holds court in many homes, with turkey running a close second. Usually they are stuffed, French style, with chestnuts, and surrounded in the pan

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CASSOULET, French classic dish, France, duck


Confit: Mystery and Alchemy Making confit is fun, which maybe says a lot about my sense of fun.  But it’s hands-on, you have to be

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mussels, French, France, cuisine, cooking classes

Menu Planning

Autumn is the most volatile of seasons, and my personal favorite. As I plan my upcoming menus I go to the market as often as

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