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Another round of rondiaux? Mardi Gras beignets!

My dear, poor, non-French people, Memory sucks. It's amazing to see how it can bring you to live and feel a moment in time that has been gone for ever... (Oui, I'm looking at you and your madeleines, Marcel...)But it's like drugs : you're very close to heaven, but never there yet. It's just a sad reminder that time has gone by, and will never come back again... And the worst is, sometimes memory fails you. Disappears. Big blackout as of yesterday and all ...

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Get pot luck ! Cook POT AU FEU !

My poor non French people, Rain is pouring outside (oui, even in LA! ), and I suddenly have a metaphysical question. How is it that you might come with such an idea as « comfort food » ? Why is this concept absolutely non existant in my dear home country ?Does it mean that you think that food is most of the time uncomfortable ? And why are all elements of that very strange category always always always so calorie-rich ? My poor non French people… It’s time ...

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Simple et parfait: Enjoy patates sautées!

My  poor non-French people, I hope you have la frite. Yes, the fry. Or the French fry. Or the freedom fry. In either case, when you're French and perfect, it's always better to have it. La frite. Or la pêche. The peach. It doesn't mean that French and perfect women like me never leave without a frie or a peach in their purse (although it might sometimes be useful), but both sentences mean that you have plenty of energy and joie de vivre for the day. But anyhow, all this ...

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Hey Gal! Be a princess! Make a galette!

My poor non-French people, Forget about juicing for a sec... Why start the year punishing yourself, when you can be French and perfect and decide that each moment must be enjoyed to the last bite ? After the holidays, the first thing my fellow countrymen think is... "Where are we buying the galette next week?". King's cake is the first culinary event of the year. It's set on the first Sunday of January, which leaves you one week to sip bouillon de poule et ...

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Don’t hide your joy! Disguise your fruits!

My poor non-French people, How did you like Christmas holidays when you were a kid? I'm not talking about the big 25th, presents, Santa, midnight mass and tralala, but about all the long days and hours before that... My memories are full of excitement, excitement and excitement... And food too... I can still see my grand mother prepping for her village-famous bûche de Noël, my mom ordering foie gras... And us kids (my brother, my cousins, and many other friends) excited excited excited ...

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Time for cocoa! Black truffles very very choco!

My dear, poor, non French people, Let me tell you right now. My name is Cécile, and I'm a chocolataholic. Always was, always will. It's a family illness that was transmitted by my poor father, who is still to this day obsessed with chocolat (and drinking hot cocoa every morning). When my brother and I were kids (and perfect!), he even had to hide his own tablettes de chocolats (chocolate bars) to make sure we would'nt eat them. (and when he moved out, 10 years ...

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Don’t be a duck ! Cook magret and patates!

My poor non-French people, What are you cooking when the weather is cold as a duck? Un froid de canard is that terrible  cold weather you think is kind of romantic when you're thinking of it in the midst of summer heat, and totally depressing when it's actually happening and you suddenly feel that you've been converted into a gigantic icecube... I live in LA so I really can't complain about that kind of problem anymore, but today the weather is not that great, ...

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Salt and sablés, sandy cookies à la Frenchie!

My dear non-French people, Forget about cookies. They are so American ! And actually, French people are better at making them... Oui oui, it's true ! That was basically the point of a very popular ad when I was a kid. This poor American girl was calling her parents to tell them the cookies she was eating in France were almost as good as her mom's... We loved the idea so much that we would always repeat the last sentence "Poor Kate, alone in France!"... Now ...

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Potluck meal à la Frenchie ! The Poule au pot recipe

My  poor non-French people, You are so cabbage. Vous êtes trop choux. So cuuuute, if I may try to translate. It’s my fourth November here in LA, and I’m still amazed at how big Thanksgiving is for Americans, and how most of you suddenly get all stressed out and concerned about what you’re going to eat and cook. It’s the one time of the year when you turn into French ! So I’ll give thanks to that this year, and to this wonderful tradition ...

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Be sweet ! Make a savoury pumpkin pie !

My dear, poor, non-French people, The more I live in the US, the more I’m amazed by how different and at the same time similar our cultures and minds are. Take pumpkins for example. Simple, round, orange vegetables. You guys turn them into horror masks... While we (among which French and perfect author Charles Perrault) imagined they could turn into a wonderful carosse that could also turn a poor damzel in distress into a glamourous princess… But we have this thing (among lots of others) in ...