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How To Eat Oysters Like A French

Eat Oysters the French way

There’s no wrong way to eat oysters – as long as you enjoy it – but here are a few tips from a French girl who had her first oyster at 3 years old -aka me! Oysters can be intimidating. I heard you, and I’m happy to share with you my knowledge of the Ocean Pearls, so you can now crush that oyster game. It’s ok to eat them all year long The saying goes that you should only eat oysters in months that contain the letter “r” (from September to April), but that’s not true anymore. Actually, this saying dates back -at least in France- to 1700’s, when Louis XV, oyster lover, forbid the transportation of oysters during the warm months. At that time, we didn’t have…

What’s the best thing to eat in France for less than €10? Cheap Eats

Everyone knows that France has some of the best foods in the world! From the City of lights to the tiny village, you’ll always find delicious food in France. I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite picks of best cheap eats in my home country. And who doesn’t love yummy cheap food?!   The classic Jambon-Beurre Baguette This sandwich is in every French bakery. It is so easy but so good when made with quality ingredients! And here are the 2 secrets use salted butter and add cornichons for the texture and taste!   The mouthwatering Crepes How could anyone live without Crepes?! They are easy to make from scratch (family recipe here) and so versatile. Usually, I make Crepes one every other…

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 Charcuterie Platter

As you know, platters are one of my favorite party essentials: ready in five, absolutely delicious and really entertaining. Cheese-y or Meat-y it’s often a top choice when you have people at home! Here are some tips from a French girl -who loves to easy and tasty appetizers with friends- to create the most epic Charcuterie Platter: Cured sausages Each French will have a Saucisson on his board. It’s a very classic but acclaimed option! If you’re going for hot, pick up some Chorizo or Sopressata. Pâté or/and Rillettes To add some texture to your meat assortment (which is very important!) add a Pâté or a Rillettes . These creamy & flavorful spreads are a must-have on your platter. Simply spread on bread and enjoy! Cured meats...

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...
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