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

Homemade Mayonnaise: A Toast to the Salad Days of Summer

Aaaaaaagh!  Summer is nearly over. But Labor Day picnics, the swan song of summer, will soon be here. What better way to celebrate the transition to fall than creamy, satisfying potato and pasta salads to complement the hot stuff coming off the grill? How to make those salads amazing, surprising, (and satisfying)? Use real homemade… Continue reading Homemade Mayonnaise: A Toast to the Salad Days of Summer

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

1+1=3 Salads for the 4th (and 14th) of July

Take some potatoes and green beans and a handful of herbs, add a little heat, and you can create three salads straight from the bistro but worthy of any barbecue. These French vegetable salads also have the benefit of being mayonnaise-free, ratcheting down the potential for salmonella poisoning during these hot summer days. Because there… Continue reading 1+1=3 Salads for the 4th (and 14th) of July

La Vie du Château—Cooking in France with Mary

Last summer a few friends rented a farmhouse on the grounds of Château de la Barbée in France’s Loire Valley. I joined them as the unofficial chef, preparing most of our dinners during our two-week stay. One day the proprietress of the chateau asked if I would like to cook dinner with her. (Never, ever pass… Continue reading La Vie du Château—Cooking in France with Mary