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3 Ways To Enjoy Your Mushrooms

I love mushrooms! Love love love them! They’re just one of those foods that not only tastes good, but are also good for you- and who doesn’t love that, right?! Well, in honor of my obsession with mushrooms, I will share with you 3 new ways to use mushrooms so you can include these to the list of the 1,000 dishes you can add these gems to. Stuff them with Tapenade If you’re looking for a fun appetizer idea, grab a dozen of baby bella mushrooms, remove the stems and fill the cap with Green Olive Tapenade and add cheese to taste . Place them on a baking tray and cook for 20 mins in 400 degrees. Et Voila! Garlic mushroom tartine For a filling...

The Perfect French Cheese Platter

I absolutely, completely, madly (and many more crazy adjectives ending with –ly) LOVE cheese. So rest assured that every time I’m having guest at home they will have cheese. To be clear, in France we eat the cheese platter (called un Plateau de Fromages) just before having dessert, but hey every party requires cheese, lots of cheese! Here are some tips to assemble the perfect French cheese platter. I typically select 3 or 4 cheeses and supplement with other delicious items. The idea is to have a little bit of everything to suit all your guests’ palates. Soft cheese Start with a soft ripened cheese such as Brie or Camembert, both made from cow’s milk. Their soft flavor, rich and creamy texture will be sure...

Mediterranean Chicken “en Papillote”

Have you heard about the popular book called French Women Don’t Get Fat? I always find that title pretty funny and scary for actual French women! I will not say I have the answer- Mireille the author probably does - but, here’s a delicious, meaty and HEALTHY dish. Because yes, this easy recipe is yummy and pretty good for your silhouette! My secret? Cooking (almost) everything “en Papillote”. This simple cooking method steams the food inside its paper package. This classic French method of cooking delivers intense flavor, elegant results and preserves the best of each ingredient. So give it a try, and I can promise you, these tasty packages will be your next dieter’s BFF! Preparation Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 30 min Ingredients for...

The 3 Best Parisian Patisseries

To not indulge your sweet tooth in Paris would be insane! Every street corner holds a window full of glorious pastries, marvelous cakes and crispy breads. I will warn you before I start to write more, but this top 3 of the best patisseries & bakeries in Paris is clearly biased as it is a list of my 3 favorite spots when I’m in Paris craving of the most decadent treats! 1. La Patisserie Des Rêves I simply adore their concept: revisiting and modernizing the great (and delicious) classics of French pastry in a pink shop that looks like and inviting laboratory! On a sunny day, I love to take their Paris-Brest (made of choux pastry and a ohh so yummy praline flavored cream) to-go...

3 Ways to use Artichoke Pesto

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I’ve eaten artichokes, and I’ve tossed pasta in pesto sauce; but, when these two gems are mixed together, there are endless possibilities for fun new dishes. Get inspired with some of my favorite ways to use the full-flavored combination of the Artichoke Pesto. 1. Spread it on fresh baguette Add a little fun to the old bread & spread, and slather on a generous amount of this delicious mix on crispy, freshly cut & grilled baguette ! Great for an apéritif or if you’re just rushing out the door. 2. Stuffing for homemade ravioli Give your homemade ravioli a burst of bold flavor by filling them with Artichoke Pesto. Then take it a step further by topping with olive oil and grated parmigiano. 3. Make a Coppa...

5 French Winter Foods

I’m not too fond of winter time. Aside from the holidays, it’s all pretty drab and gloomy. Luckily, there’s always one thing that instantly cheers me up: food. Specifically winter food. In France, winter is the season to enjoy hearty meals that can warm up any snowy day tout de suite. Here are my 5 top picks for French winter foods. Raclette Raclette is a firm cheese made from cow’s milk, specially designed to melt on a grill with coupelles (small pan), poured over potatoes and served with charcuterie & cornichons. This hearty meal is usually enjoyed at dinner with family, friends and of course, a white wine! Onion Soup I think soup in general is a staple for winters; but, onion soup from France...

Refreshing Lavender Honey Ginger Ale Recipe

It’s already September, which means that summer is drawing to a close and we’re heading into breezy fall. We’ve decided to commemorate this with our delicious recipe of Lavender Honey Ginger Ale. Not only is this a delight to add to your next garden party, it’s also a refreshing and natural alternative to regular sodas! Honey has many important health benefits from treating sore throats to boosting energy earning it the name of “liquid gold.” Our Lavender Honey from the French Breakfast Box was introduced in 1920 by Yves Michaud, who stood for authenticity and quality. This creamy and slightly crystallized gem provides just a hint of lavender while producing the perfect sweetener to pair with yogurt, toast, or cheese. The Lavender Honey Ginger Ale...

24 hours in Rennes

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway from the frenzied atmosphere of Paris, look no further than the fascinating city of Rennes, only a 2-hour train ride away. Rennes captivates visitors by catering to people of all interests. For the foodies, indulge in the diverse selection of Rennes specialties from seafoods to buttery pastries. For art lovers and history buffs, simply roam the streets where contemporary artworks are interspersed between historic architectures, giving an intriguing display of old and new. I spent 2 weeks here this summer and absolutely loved it. Here are my recommendations on a perfect day in Rennes.   10 a.m Find Your Muse Discover the history of Brittany through one of the most famous museums in France, Musée des beaux-arts de...

Happy Bastille Day!

On July 14, France is celebrating Bastille Day, better known as le Quatorze Juillet (the fourteenth of July); so break out your blue, white and red (again!). However it is called, all of the names refer to the French National Day which commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14 1789. Whether you’re planning a celebration or simply want to revel in all things Gallic, we think you’ll enjoy this France’s famous cocktail:  the Kir Royal. The Kir Royal, made with Champagne is an elegant variation of the traditional Kir. This iconic French cocktail is crisp, refreshing and perfect to celebrate. Here's the recipe of the Kir Royal made with a French Champagne. We love its golden robe lits up with a generous string of...

5 Ways to use your French Apricot Jam

The story of Les Confitures de Raphaël started when Raphaël returned to his home-region, Saint-Malo. Formerly a worker in an organic food plantation, he fell in love with the fruit and sugar alchemy and started a jam factory in his grandmother’s kitchen. The family business devotes all its attention to the flavor and the freshness of the original fruit. To make this Apricot jam, Raphaël chose the best varieties of sun-gorged apricots grown in the South of France. Then he cooked them à froid (cold) until he had coaxed out all of the amazing flavors and aromas that they had to offer. This unique and artisanal process imparts all the original taste to this Apricot jam. Look below for a new favorite way to enjoy...
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