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Adventures of an American cooking, eating and living in France

Recipes

Poached Cod with Peas and Broccoli

Poached Cod with Peas and Broccoli

French cooking is known for its rich, heavy dishes, but sometimes you just need something light. Enter poached fish. Poaching fish delivers big flavor with a relatively easy cooking method that has a lot of options to add flourishes. In this recipe I use cod, […]

Frenchified Fall Stuffing

Frenchified Fall Stuffing

A classic version of stuffing, using French products.

Savory, Slow-braised, Spice-rubbed Leg of Lamb

Savory, Slow-braised, Spice-rubbed Leg of Lamb

It was my wife’s birthday a few weeks ago, and as is her tradition, she requested lamb and mushroom risotto for her birthday dinner. And I was happy to oblige. Luckily, there’s an awesome butcher just down the street from where we live. I don’t […]

Recipe: Choucroute avec Palette de porc et saucisses (Sauerkraut with pork shoulder and sausages)

Recipe: Choucroute avec Palette de porc et saucisses (Sauerkraut with pork shoulder and sausages)

We’ve been visiting my wife’s family in Auvergne this week (central France—middle of nowhere), and one of her cousins visiting the family farm lives in Alsace. On Sunday, she treated us to a beautiful meal, traditional to that region: Choucroute avec palette de porc et […]

Sinfully Simple Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Sinfully Simple Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

In French food, you have to have sauce. What better use of French baguette is there than to sop up the sauce on your plate at the end of a satisfying main course? You’ve probably heard that there are essentially 5 sauces in French cooking: […]

These Vegan Black Beans Go with Anything

These Vegan Black Beans Go with Anything

One of the things that I really miss about the U.S. is access to a wide variety of beans. Here in western France, most regular grocery stores only have two types: white (mogette, basically cannellini, though I think they’re a bit larger) and red kidney […]