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French and perfect ladies that lunch!

Bonjour my poor non French people! Very excited to share with you so share the first video of a new series: French and perfect lunch! Where I join friends and cook them lunch.. And make a video! Today's recipe is made at my friend's Alexia's in West Hollywood, with talented photograph Marie Nahon and Consuelo Chozas, from Vere Verto. Au menu: Carottes râpées, Côtelettes d'agneau au soja, Pommes de terre sarladaises, Spinach à la Dumas, and strawberry salad   Bon appétit les amis!  

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A soup for Spring! Asperges au fromage de chèvre

My poor non French people, How is your souping going so far? I've spent the last days preparing soup every night and can't seem to get tired of it. The whole great idea about it is you can wait for the seaons to surprise you : new ingredients mean new flavours, new colours and... new recipes. Spring is great for many things, and one of its first main great perk is this little jewel that is called asparagus. Comes perfectly when you need it! ...

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What soup Doc? Stinging nettle!

My poor non-French people, Sometimes I  wish I was a witch. I often think of these poor ladies, in the middle ages, who were just trying to be a little different, a little freer, and would occasionnally put in  they caldron an herb or two they would have found while walking in the forest. Do you sometimes think of how we got to know what was good to eat or not? Who tried chanterelle first? Is it the same person who took ...

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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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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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Quiche Quiche Quiche ! The best Lorraine you can bake

My dear, poor, non-French people, Please stop thinking that we Français are rude and arrogant. OK, we're sometimes a little unpleasant considering your standards, but then what would you have to tell your friends when you come back home? It's for your own good! More authentique!  And actually, I think people love our attitude: last year, more people visited France than there are residents in the country! Talk about the most visited country in the world, oui messieurs! Oui oui!  We are welcoming!  Take my friend Deborah ...

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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 ...

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Don’t be Crude ! Eat your Crudités

My poor non French people, It's with deep sadness that I must announce you that once again, you American people have it all wrong about food. Non, the Raw diet is not a Californian invention. It was discovered centuries ago by us, the Français. Eh oui ! That's what we call les Crudités. A proper lunch in a French and perfect household could never happen unless Crudités are first served. It's usually based on fresh vegetables and amazing vinaigrette.  The best example is the carottes râpées.   6 carrots 1 ...