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Oh Mon Porc!!! Why Rillettes are the Best

My dear, poor, non-French people, If there's anything you have to learn from me and about French food, it's this beautiful French saying: "Tout est bon dans le cochon". Yes, everything is good in the pig (and I'm talking about the animal, right, not these filthy disgusting persons who are often sadly compared to this beautiful and generous animal)... Most recipes coming from parts of this animal are simply delicious, and as the saying says, every part of the pork is good to ...

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Gluten Free, No Fat and 100% French: vive le macaron!

My poor non-French people, Valentine's day is around the corner and I am sad again. Not that I have no Valentine to dream about (merci ça va, j'ai tout ce qui me faut, I have all I need thank you!), but by the amount of marketing campaigns or other bad chocolate candies it produces all around me in America. L'amour n'est pas à vendre, messieurs! Love canot be sold, and even less so with bad quality candies! I've never liked la Saint Valentin, (why celebrate ...

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Gorge on Gougères! C’est l’apéro!

 My poor non French people, Forget about happy hour ! (does it mean that the 23 other hours you'll spend today have to be sad?)! Be French and perfect, and jump right into one of the best moment of a meal in France: l'apéritif. The French love this time right before lunch or dinner so much that "l'apéro" is sometimes more like a meal in itself: you eat so much "hors d'oeuvres" that you're not hungry enough to pursue with the meal! It's a great ...

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Log on to a French Christmas! Make a Bûche de Noël!

My poor non French people, What does your Christmas look like? Are you cooking like crazy, or shopping like a mad person, or both? Relax! Have a Cognac! I have Noël all figured out for you. Presents? Just buy my book, the Everything Easy French Cookbook for everybody in the family! It has just been made available on amazon, and can be shipped right on time... Cooking? Just prepare an easy and very traditional French Christmas Dessert : bûche de Noël! Bûche de Noël This cake really means ...

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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 ...