Tomates farcies à la crème de ricotta (Tomatoes stuffed with ricotta cream)

It’s that time of year again—the markets are brimming with end of summer produce: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and a rich assortment of melons. Oh my. What to do with this rich bounty?  In an earlier post I wrote about the marvelous tomatoes stuffed à la Marie Tèrèse that I swooned over at a restaurant… Continue reading Tomates farcies à la crème de ricotta (Tomatoes stuffed with ricotta cream)

From the Cold Atlantic, Warmth for Lent

  Lent is upon us, and my weekly Shoprite flyer has a whole page dedicated to fish under the banner, “Lenten Seafood.” The specials make the weekly abstaining from “flesh meat” (Church language, not mine!) on Fridays rather more festive than the Church may have intended. But here we are, the original Meatless Weekday upon… Continue reading From the Cold Atlantic, Warmth for Lent

Choucroute Garnie: French Cuisine for the Super Bowl

“French cuisine” and “Super Bowl”? Look, if we can embrace Mexican and Italian and the Earl of Sandwich, I submit that Choucroute garnie is the perfect entrée for French food to join the Super Bowl party. Choucroute garnie simply means “dressed sauerkraut.”  It is one of the traditional dishes from Alsace, a region in Northeast… Continue reading Choucroute Garnie: French Cuisine for the Super Bowl

Turkey with a “French twist”

If you are staring at the turkey defrosting in your refrigerator and wondering if there is something you can do to make it a little bit different this year, try some of these techniques from Cuisine Actuelle magazine to give it a French twist.  The turkeys in the recipe are much smaller than our plump… Continue reading Turkey with a “French twist”

Flamiche picarde aux poireaux

In the spirit of Armistice Day let’s turn our attention to Northern France, where much of the fighting of The Great War took place. The trenches of World War One sprawled across the fields of Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie, the defensive line protecting Paris. The cuisine of the north is much less familiar… Continue reading Flamiche picarde aux poireaux

One hundred years ago

It’s Veteran’s Day, originally Armistice Day, when the slaughter of the First World War ended—at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. One hundred years ago today, however, that war was just beginning, 106 days in. A brief history: In 1914 Europe was a Gordian Knot of alliances and treaties, empires and cousins… Continue reading One hundred years ago

Le Tour de France: Chess on Wheels

Whew!  I just finished the 9th stage of the Tour de Franceand really worked up a sweat.  Okay, maybe I didn’t literally ride 170 kilometers across the hills and mountains of Lorraine and Alsace. But I do speed along with them on my stationary bike.  Today I sprinted the last 15kms to the finish line.… Continue reading Le Tour de France: Chess on Wheels