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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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Remembrance of recipes past… Pain d’épice

My dear, poor, non French people, Remember the good old time when you spent hours next to the mailbox (the real one, not you average hotmail-yahoo-gmail electronic version) waiting for a letter of your dear chéri? And then reading it again and again trying to figure out what he actually meant by "I like soccer and you too"? Where are all those letters now? I wonder how kids today will have a reminder of their first love letters... That's what I thought a few ...

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Cook Faisan like a real peasant!

 My dear, poor, non French people, Let me tell you: it's never funny to be the turkey of the stuffing. I guess that would be the litteral translation of "Etre le dindon de la farce", a popular French saying that means "being the laughing stock". Why do American people are so concerned about it ? The stuffing I mean. That what amazed me most last month as I was enjoying my first real Thanksgiving. Even a gourmet like me had never seen people fight over ...

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Chaud Cacao! Or the French and perfect Chocolate cake

My dear, poor, non-French people, What does a girl need to be really French and Perfect? A pair of Louboutin? A glass of Demoiselle Champagne? The last Vanessa Bruno it-bag? Non non non les amis! Pas seulement!   What she needs is also a recipe for an easy, festive and délicieux chocolate cake.    Un gâteau au chocolat, oui madame!   The one you can decide to bake from scratch at the last minute to celebrate a sister’s birthday, impress a mother in law, ...

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Pass me the Pastis ! Tarte aux figues au pastaga…

My dear, non French people, Let me try to debunk another horrible prejudice that people usually have against us, the Francais. No, we're not all obsessed with wine.Some of us also enjoy a little glass of a stronger alcohol, from time to time. Like Pastis for example. This anise flavored-liquor is a must-have in any French cupboard. No apéritif without Pastis ! It's also deeply linked with South of France and Provence, and that's why I thought of it when I bought figs at the ...

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Be a good pâte! Bake a French and perfect Pâte brisée!

My dear, poor, non French people, Today I've decided to be bonne pâte.  I guess you strange English speaking people would say I’ve decided to « be a good sport », which sums up well our cultural gap : when we think of somebody being nice, we compare him or her to a tasty baking dough. Not to a weird and tiring hobby. Anyhow, let me give you my French and Perfect recipes for a good pie dough. Pâte Brisée     2 cups Flour  4 oz Butter  1 Egg Yolk  1/8 cup Chilled water ...

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Beet it ! Rave it ! Have some Betterave !

My poor non French people, It's time for me to tell you about the French jewel of our earth : Beets. They are a basics of our daily culinary bliss, and even saved us from the evil Britts when Napoleon discovered that sugar could be produced out of it.  Yes, that's how we survived from the wicked blocade imposed by those tea-drinkers and almost didn't lose at Waterloo. Merci Napo ! For me la betterave is above all the smell of my grand-mothers's kitchen in ...

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Eat your wine, have some fraises !

My dear poor non French people, This blog is a great opportunity for me to tell the world what we Français are about, and to put an end to too many outrageous prejudices. Non, we're not spending our days with a glass of wine in the hand. Sometimes, when it's very hot like today in Los Angeles, we also have it in our plate. So allow me to share with you one of my grand mother's recipes : Les Fraises au vin. 1 pound of Strawberries 1/2 ...

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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 ...

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Be a tart, cook a quiche !

My poor non French people, It's Sunday here in LA, sun is shining as always, and the Catholic-raised that stays in me is of course feeling guilty: I'm having such a perfect Dimanche, I need to do something for the non perfect like you... So here is my Bonne Action : Share the recipe of the Quiche aux Courgettes parfaites with you. Look at her. She's as blond and Sexy as a (young) Catherine Deneuve. A pate brisée 4 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup Crema Mexicana or Creme ...

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