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Kale and Camembert pie, a French and American story!

My poor non-French people, It is a hard job to be a French and perfect lady in America. Not only must you celebrate 4th of July but you also have to celebrate Bastille day 10 days later. Quoi? Having great food with friends and family while watching at fireworks and drinking rosé, again!!!! Here is a recipe I created just for both occasion, with a 100% American ingredient, Kale (Kale doesn't exist in France, it is just starting there) and a 100% French ingredient... Camembert ...

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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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Don’t be a cornichon ! Try pickle à la French!

My dear, poor non French people, Try to understand s'il vous plait! Big is beautiful, c'est vrai. But sometimes, tiny is more tasty... It seems to me that people in America are so obsessed with making it big, that they have applied it to everything, including the natural elements. I remember my first visit to the Farmer's market in the US : plums as big a baseball, when they are hardly the size of a ping-pong ball in France... Melons you could play Basketball with... ...

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My must-eat mustard : MOUTARDE!

My dear, poor, non-French people Please stop thinking that the yellow sauce that dares to call itself "French's" is by any mean coming from my beloved country. Oh que non! My grand-father Robert, who loved mustard so much that he used it for cataplasm during the war, would have said that "the mustard comes to his nose" just thinking of it (la moutarde lui monte au nez, meaning getting very mad). La vraie moutarde de Dijon is... from Dijon. And it has no sugar involved. ...

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Vive la saucisse!

My poor non French people,   You can't know how hard it is for a Parisienne to live in California like I do.  Imagine, living in a place where everybody is smiling all the time! Where people actually say hello and "have a good day" in the shops or at the restaurant! I was so shocked when I first moved to LA that I thought people were actually making fun of me and were laughing in my back. Why couldn't they just groan ...

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LAPIN LAPIN LAPIN !

My poor non French people, Would you please do me a favor and stop calling us "Froggies" ? It always remind us, French and perfect women, how rare it is now to eat frog legs: you find them very scarcely at the marché, almost as rarely as fresh vegetables in an American student's fridge.  And anyhow, frog is not the only strange meat we have. We also love calf's brains, beef tongue, horse (Heart of horse, my favorite comfy food!), and lapin. Yes, ...

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Forget mustard : you must try moutarde !

My poor non French people,   Sometimes I feel so sorry for you. Is that true that American kids believe that French dressing is a sugary  kind of sauce (Ketchup and Worcestershire in it, really ?) ? Or that you really think that this awful yellow bottle of French's is actually French mustard ? I tell you, the mustard climbs to my nose just thinking of it. (This is a French expression to explain incredible anger, something like what your green friend Hulk would express) Now, ...

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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 ...