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How to have a French Easter

Do you want to be French and perfect and have a French and perfect Easter? Well, judging from my family, I guess you just need to start the day by eating 3 tons of chocolate bunny or chocolate bells or chocolate fish or chocolate hens. At home. the most difficult thing for me and my brother was trying to actually hide the chocolate after we had found it because my dad would try and eat them. There was a whole hide and seek ...

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Bébé Baguette!

Introducing... French and perfect bébé! Since my baby was born 18 months ago I've had a lot of fun cooking for him and trying to develop his taste for good things. Thought I could share some recipes with you to try and make a French and perfect bébé at home! Here is the first recipe. Baby baguettes. So French and perfect! What do French baby eat when they are teething? Bébé baguettes of course! They are perfect to soothe gums when teeth are coming... ...

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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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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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Mousse au chocolat ! La Vidéo !

My dear, poor, non French people, Are you ready for love?Sweet, tender, amour toujours? I have something right for you... A love and happiness philter! Works all the time! Instantly! Here it is: Mousse au chocolat! Hope you enjoy this video, and the recipe of course! 6 eggs 7 ounces dark chocolate pinch of salt (and a little bit of coffee!) Melt the chocolate in bain marie Seperate the white from the yellows, Whip the egg whites firmly Add the yolks to the chocolate Cover slowly the eggwhite with the chocolate Put to in the fridge for ...

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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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When life gives you lemon, make Citrons confits!

My poor non-French people, Please, stop thinking that time is never on your side... Yes, aging can make you better! At least when you're a lemon. C'est déjà ça! (At least that's something!) Let me share with you how to make one of the ingredient I use the most in my everyday cooking. Citrons confits are not a franco-french speciality in themselves, as they are mostly used in North African cuisine, but they're also part of many mediterranean recipes, and are great to ...

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French and parfait theme song : les Cornichons

Vous aimez les Cornichons? This pickled French delight, is as important as Moutarde, salt and pepper on a French table Here they are, sung by French and perfect pop singer Nino Ferrer. J'adore!

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French and perfect restaurants in Paris

My dear, poor, non-French people, I know some of you can feel a bit lost in Paris, so here are my favorite restaurants there... Of course, it's not a complete list, there are so many places I like to go! No rankings, they are all good and very different, try them and tell me. Just allow me one piece of advice : don't try to test them all (except if you're staying for weeks)... Paris is all about walking and discovering : don't turn into ...

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