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France in a Box! Discover the Bon Appétit Box

My poor non-French people, Do you sometimes wish you could travel to France  and be in Paris just by snapping your fingers? I know exactly how you feel, and I've got a great remedy for it. Of course you can try and  make one of the many typical French recipes of this blog, but whenever you have a hair in the hand (un poil dans la main means feeling lazy) you always have the Bon appétit box!   I was very happy to meet Zoe ...

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Be French and perfect: drink APERITIF!

 My poor non-French people, If you don’t speak French and are planning to travel to la Belle France, there are a few sentences you need to master in order to really get into the French spirit. Of course I’m sure you know all about « Je t’aime » or « Deux croissants s’il vous plait », and even some more olé olé sentences like the chorus of this famous disco song some American tourists never fail to sing when they meet a French native – excuse ...

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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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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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Pat yourself with some pâté! (how I cracked my grandmother’s secret)

My dear, poor, non-French people, Some secrets are the hardest to break. Family secrets above all. There are plenty in my family, many cadavres dans le placard (and other skeletons in the closet  that every French and perfect family has to have), but I must tell you the hardest for me to crack was this one. La recette du paté de mamie Georgine. My grand-mother is a great  cook. I've already written about her, and about my other grand-mother Laurence, whose bûche de Noël, pain ...