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Pâte brisée vidéo!

My poor non-French people!  I am very happy to share with you this new video recipe for an easy pie dough  in (almost) one minute. Please don't buy pre made disgusting pie dough when you can make your own in a matter of seconds! This recipe is great for pies, quiche, and all you can think to put in a pie pan! You need 2 cups of flour 1 stick of butter (room temperature) 1 egg 1/8 cup of water a pinch of salt. Mix it and crumble it with ...

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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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Be sweet ! Make a savoury pumpkin pie !

My dear, poor, non-French people, The more I live in the US, the more I’m amazed by how different and at the same time similar our cultures and minds are. Take pumpkins for example. Simple, round, orange vegetables. You guys turn them into horror masks... While we (among which French and perfect author Charles Perrault) imagined they could turn into a wonderful carosse that could also turn a poor damzel in distress into a glamourous princess… But we have this thing (among lots of others) in ...

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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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Plum plum plum plum

My poor non French people, Let me share with you today the perfect French dessert of this end of summer. It’s simple, tasty and a little wonder to a melancholic heart. La tarte aux prunes (de mamie Laurence) 1 pate brisée 2 pounds of plums 2 tbsp Sugar 3 or 4 tbsp Semolina This pie is something like a fountain of youth. Each bite you have takes you back directly to your childhood and helps you forget about, you know… Time (the one that always goes ...

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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 ...