Mme. Cartet Joins our Thanksgiving Table

I have been struggling for weeks trying to tie French cooking to this most Anglo-American of holidays but I think I’ve found the weak link: potatoes. For many, the Thanksgiving meal is only complete with the triad of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. How “authentic” is that? The Pilgrims and their Wampanoag neighbors would have… Continue reading Mme. Cartet Joins our Thanksgiving Table

Mme. Cartet’s Potato Gratin Dauphinois

Slightly adapted from Bistro Cooking, this recipe is ridiculously easy for the stunning, elegant, delicious dish it creates.  It is a variation on the typical potato-and-crème-fraîche gratin from the Dauphine region in south-east France, in that cheese is added.  I think of this as typical of French cooking—a few ingredients of excellent quality create magic… Continue reading Mme. Cartet’s Potato Gratin Dauphinois