France in Your Kitchen

At home I spend time in France virtually, in my kitchen. Every region has its foods, and those foods tell a story. Not the foods of the great Julia Child, whose heroic work to bring French food to American tables has necessarily run afoul of the time constraints and patience of modern working women.

There are wonderful meals, practical, cost-effective, and healthy that deserve a place on our home-cooking menus as much as pasta and barbecue. I’ll share my stories and recipes from the land of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Marie Antoinette, and Louis-es good and bad, and Jeanne d’Arc, and hope that you will come to love France as much as I do.

Check out the recipes below for ideas for this week’s meals.



Appetizer/First Course/Entree

Mary’s “Get Married” Vinaigrette

Mustard Tart with Leeks and Carrots

Spiced Squash, Celery and Pear Soup

Tomates Farcies Façon “Marie Terese

Main Course/Plat





Tomates Farcies Façon “Marie Terese




Mustard Tart with Leeks and Carrots

Tomates Farcies Façon “Marie Terese

Uncle Charlie’s Ratatouille

Mme. Cartet’s Potato Gratin Dauphinois



One thought on “France in Your Kitchen

  1. Mary’s “get married” vinaigrette…
    Not that I was particularly desperate or in a hurry, but one of the first things that I learned from my then future french husband was that, in France, when a young lady can make a good salade and mix it without spilling a leaf, only then, is she ready to be married (a good wife). Presumably this vinaigrette works because we will soon be celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary!
    So instead of running after those wedding bouquets…
    Just mix
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper
    2 tsp dijon mustard
    2 Tbsp Sherry vinager
    6 Tbsp Olive oil
    Pour over any salad and make sure you don’t spill a leaf!

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