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Voilà Cookbook preview!

A new cookbook... It's always such an adventure, and a pleasure to share it... Can I confess something? French people are supposed to never brag, and pretend they never really care about anything, but I must say I am super proud with this Voilà Cookbook! First, because of how beautiful it looks! Hélène Dujardin, the photographer, a fellow French expat in Charleston, SC, did wonders... The cover itself is un petit bijou, a small jewel! The coq au vin immediately reminded me of ...

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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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France in a Box! Discover the Bon Appétit Box

My poor non-French people, Do you sometimes wish you could travel to France  and be in Paris just by snapping your fingers? I know exactly how you feel, and I've got a great remedy for it. Of course you can try and  make one of the many typical French recipes of this blog, but whenever you have a hair in the hand (un poil dans la main means feeling lazy) you always have the Bon appétit box!   I was very happy to meet Zoe ...

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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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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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How green was my tomate…

My dear non French people,   Let me confess. Last week, at the supermarket, I fell in love. They were standing in front of me, big, confident, and generous… And, I must say, so sexy. Really, don’t you adore those amazing green tomatoes ?   What could I do with them ? As I went back to my car, of course I thought of Fried Green Tomatoes (specially the "parking lot Madness" scene, my favorite part of the movie) Mais quoi… I can't lower myself to cook an ...

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RA-TA-TOUILLE

My poor non French people, On this hot and summery day in California, let me save you again with this gorgeous and healthy and (almost) vegan classic : la Ratatouille. RA-TA-TOUILLE Non, you don't have to be a rat chef from Hollywood to master it... It's actually one of the easiest dish to do. Even men cuisine it sometimes, alors...   4 zucchinis 1 Bell pepper 1 eggplant 1 can diced peeled tomatoes 7 ounces of bacon 1 onion 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper I was given the secret of the Parfaite ...