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Be NICE to yourself! Make a NICOISE salad !

My poor non French people There it comes again. That dreadful moment. Spring is all around, flowers are budding, birds are chirping and you're...  scared. How are you going to make it? Why, why why,  did you have a second serving of hachis parmentier that one time at the Duponds? Can you really drop 50 pounds a day  by having just water (with sometimes a tablespoon of water in it and some sprinkled H2O on the top) for the next 45 days? Or should ...

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Be as deep as a Frenchie! Try this French & perfect dip!

My poor non-French people, Je sais je sais je sais... I know. It's been way too long since I last wrote you. "Pas de nouvelle, bonne nouvelle" as my French and perfect friends would say ? No news, good news? Well actually, yes! I've had two big treats on my cooking lists these last months : 300 recipes to write for my first cookbook AND a little croissant in the oven! I sent the last page of the book one hour before going to ...

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Bite a gentleman! Bake a croque-monsieur !

My dear, poor, non-French people, When is the last time you bit a gentleman? I did it last week to tell you the truth, and always love it. Oui oui, in France, it's very common. It's so regressive... Of course you know that  "Croque Monsieur", a French classic ,  litteraly means "Bite a gentleman". This sandwich à la française can be found in any café or brasserie in Paris... And is a regular at a French and perfect home. My mom loved to cook it on sunday ...

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A good year and a good soup!

My dear, poor, non French people, Comment ça va? I'm so happy to write to you again after these terrible Christmas holidays. Oh, don't misunderstand me, I have loved going back to France to see my family and friends. But excusez-moi, there's too much good food there! After days and hours of family banquets, foie-gras get-togethers, chocolate éclairs snacks and other "you definitely should take the vol-au-vent AND the tête-de-veau: after all you never get it there", I am so glad to be ...

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A magic soup just for you

My poor non-French people, I guess you all know now that "French women don't get fat". Mireille Guiliano, who I was lucky to meet a few years ago and interview her for a profile of her I directed for French TV, has explained to the whole world the basics of the French and perfect silhouette: eat everything, not too much, enjoy it but pay attention, and when you've forgotten all the rules, try and detox with a good leeks soup. She's totally right, ...

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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 ...