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Spread the Holiday Fun with Crème de marrons!

My poor non-French people, The holidays are here, and you are already kind of depressed because you don't know what to buy to whom (plus, you don't have the money for it!) and you're not really sure you'll have a great time at your Grand Aunts's boring Xmas dinner (nor at your office alcohol free and desperate coworkers Holiday party). Don't! Rejoice! French and parfait is here to cheer you up with the French and perfect comfort food de Noël: crème ...

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French cooking 101: Béchamel

 My dear poor non French people, Did you know you could do magic with just a few ingredients ? I was always amazed, and still am, by all the wonders you can do with just three extremely basic things. Butter. Flour. Milk. You can make crepe. A pie dough. Or you can make the most traditional delicious warm sauce : béchamel. Béchamel is one of the obligatoire basics of French cooking. It's called a sauce mère, a mother sauce. It was invented at the same time ...

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Don’t be a dinde! Cook a turkey leftover pie!

My poor non French people, I might be a little turkey, une petite dinde (or as you might say, a silly goose), with a pois chiche (garbanzo) in the head, but I always feel sad after Thanksgiving. First, because I'm always kind of disappointed by the party in itself: judging by all the movies and TV series I had seen back in France, I thought that compulsorily, there was a moment when people would get very angry and throw insults, family secrets ...

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Be tongue and chic! Make Langues de chats!

My dear, poor, non French people, Those of you who know me "pour de vrai", for real, all know it for sure: I can never hold my tongue. Tenir sa langue was  one of the hardest task at school for me, even more than any athletic activities, although I was always the number one worst athlete wherever I went (yes, some teachers thought I was running backwards to break the school records of worst time at the traditional winter race). My ...

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Bake basque and feel better! Gâteau basque

My poor non French people, Are you one of these strange persons who always fantasize about going back to their childhood, "back to the future" way? I thought I wasn't. I'm actually living with someone who is part of this weird crowd, obsessed by buying toys you had when you were a kid, or the smell of a perfume that's "exactly as this particular glue I used at kindergarten". I don't consider myself nostalgic of the past, I will never say ...

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French cooking 101: Forget dressing, make a Vinaigrette!

My poor non-French people, At last I have the opportunity to, once again, change your life (and the destiny of your tastebuds), with just one little big news: French dressing is NOT like this at all (pas du tout!) Yes, I know, it says French, and even more appetizing "deluxe", but believe me, this is as French as a smiling waiter in Paris: it just doesn't exist. And anyway, just the idea of buying some pre-made sauce to put on a salad wants ...

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Better than pizza: Pissaladière!

My poor non-French people, Non non non, I swear! Summer is not over! At least not here, in California, where the wonderful weather is now getting kind of scary: after four years here, I must admit that I am now nostalgic with the fall and the winter season in Paris. It's strange to live under an almost constant fine weather. Time passes strangely, there are no markers... Apart from one sad one: the day the tomato disappear. I mean the real tomato. ...

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Be as deep as a Frenchie! Try this French & perfect dip!

My poor non-French people, Je sais je sais je sais... I know. It's been way too long since I last wrote you. "Pas de nouvelle, bonne nouvelle" as my French and perfect friends would say ? No news, good news? Well actually, yes! I've had two big treats on my cooking lists these last months : 300 recipes to write for my first cookbook AND a little croissant in the oven! I sent the last page of the book one hour before going to ...

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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 ...