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Join me as I share the insights I’ve gathered on the French approach to food and meals.

Chilled Soup Recipes: Potage Crécy Carrot Soup

Chilled Soup Recipes: Potage Crécy Carrot Soup

What to eat when it's too hot to cook? Unusually hot summer weather makes cooking - and even eating - a real chore: your appetite isn't the same when it's 100°F (38°C) outside. The French get around this situation by having on hand chilled soup recipes. They use them...

Easy French Barbecue Marinade Recipes

Easy French Barbecue Marinade Recipes

Marinades are a great resource to have on hand for barbecues. They're easy to prepare and will quickly up-level the flavor of your meals.  I've highlighted just 4 ingredients from the French Pantry Checklist to use in the 2 marinade recipes below. But you can...

French Pastry Meets Japanese Technique for Easter

French Pastry Meets Japanese Technique for Easter

Paris-Tokyo: A Sweet Love Affair: French pastry chefs and master chocolate makers get busy around Easter, wowing everyone with their special desserts and chocolate sculptures.  What some visitors to France don't know is that many young Japanese chefs and pastry makers...

What’s in season at French markets in March?

What’s in season at French markets in March?

This month was chosen as the first month of the year on the Roman calendar, as a sign of renewal at the end of winter. However, Spring and its abundant produce arrive late at French markets in March. A large variety of fresh seafood is still abundantly available in...

French Jam 101: The top flavors in France

French Jam 101: The top flavors in France

There are so many jam flavors to choose from in France! Here's a quick tour of the 5 favorite jams the French love most. I also cover a few unusual flavors as well as the different ways they're used for brunches like Mother's Day, to accompany a cheese platter,...

What’s in season at French markets in January?

What’s in season at French markets in January?

Is there anything seasonal to eat in France in the middle of winter? Like in other months, products are coming into season at French markets in January, others are at their best, and some are going out of season. But do the French want to eat anything after all those...

French Christmas Traditions

French Christmas Traditions

If you've ever wondered what it's like in France during the Christmas holiday season, here are a few things you'll notice that are French traditions at this time of year. Some are very similar to customs elsewhere, like in the U.S., but others are typically French. 🗓...

A Traditional Christmas Dinner in France

A Traditional Christmas Dinner in France

Christmas is one of those special occasions in France where you have what most closely resembles a "repas gastronomique français," the traditional grand French meal. What makes it traditional and grand at the same time? Hint: It's not just the food. 3 Key...

What’s in season at French markets in December?

What’s in season at French markets in December?

The French are known for their attention to seasonal ingredients, and they have a huge variety of recipes as a result: the ingredients savvy French home cooks shop for and the dishes they make with them change from season to season, just as we change our clothes. This...

Why buy French olive oil? Here are 4 reasons

Why buy French olive oil? Here are 4 reasons

Often when someone thinks of buying olive oil, their thoughts go to Italy or Greece, perhaps Spain. They don't usually think of buying French olive oil. However, it's not a zero-sum game: you don't need to limit yourself to one country or even one type of olive oil....

Creme Fraiche versus Sour Cream

Creme Fraiche versus Sour Cream

People often think that sour cream and crème fraîche are the same. But there are differences in taste and texture which will determine how you use them in your cooking. It's worth noting that 92% of all French people have crème fraîche in their kitchens. So it's safe...

French Fruit Salad with Rose Water

French Fruit Salad with Rose Water

When a bland dish was served for dinner, my mother always told me "Don't play with your food - just eat it!"  If there had been flowers in it, I probably would've eaten a lot more.  The wonderful thing about French cuisine is that it makes ample use of...

Recipe for Fish Soup from Brittany: La Cotriade

Recipe for Fish Soup from Brittany: La Cotriade

The saying goes that in Brittany, Bretons have a Celtic soul and a sailor's heart. And that sailor's heart is probably why they're excellent fishermen and have wonderful seafood recipes. So here's a traditional fish soup recipe from Brittany, called "Cotriade" to...

Dijon Mustard Recipe: “Gilded” Chicken

Dijon Mustard Recipe: “Gilded” Chicken

We all need new recipes to add variety to our home-cooking choices. This Dijon mustard chicken recipe came to mind because it's a French-Italian mix: Two iconic kitchen ingredients come together in this Gilded Chicken Breast recipe: Dijon mustard and authentic...

How to choose the best Piment d’Espelette

How to choose the best Piment d’Espelette

February is the month of the French National Agricultural Fair in Paris. French agriculture - and all that it produces - is the star of the show. There's a 150-year-old competition within the Fair called the "Concours Général Agricole" (CGA). It designates the best of...

An Easy French Carrot Salad Recipe

An Easy French Carrot Salad Recipe

The French Love Salads! While growing up in the U.S., my salad repertoire was limited to iceberg lettuce, tomato, and cucumber or eventually a Ceasar salad made with romaine lettuce. Surprisingly, I discovered a large variety of salads when I came to France. (I'd...

What Does a Good Morning Ritual Look Like?

What Does a Good Morning Ritual Look Like?

Mornings should not be frantic, but instead a time of renewal. That's quite a shift in perspective for most of us right there. In my previous blogpost, Why You Need a Morning Ritual ,  I looked at why a morning ritual is important and how it is a common practice of...

Do You Know Your Personal Health Numbers?

Do You Know Your Personal Health Numbers?

If you're wading through a ton of information online about improving your health but don't know where to start, you may want to find out these numbers first. Some of the major illnesses effecting people today, like heart disease, are lifestyle related. They are not...

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep More!

Want To Lose Weight? Sleep More!

It would seem logical that the less you rest, the more you burn calories, right? But that's not how the body reacts to a lack of sleep. You might not believe that increasing your sleep time would help you lose weight. However, scientists from Europe to North America...

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat. Sugar Does.

Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat. Sugar Does.

It's counter-intuitive, and for most of us, it's going to take a long time to get used to the conclusions of scientific analyses: Healthy fats in our diet don't make us fat. Furthermore, they are not directly linked to heart disease, according to one British Medical...