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Adventures of an American cooking, eating and living in France

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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 […]

This mushroom soup is perfect for gloomy days

This mushroom soup is perfect for gloomy days

We’re now in early January, the time of year that starts about six weeks of wet, gloomy weather here in western France. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to stay in bed all day. It’s the kind of weather that makes you […]

Thanksgiving in France

Thanksgiving in France

Being an American in France hasn’t stopped me from celebrating Thanksgiving, in fact, it’s done just the opposite. Instead of having to trek out to see family, as was often our custom in the States, we hosted our “French family,” essentially the key people who […]

Surimi Salad on Toast

Surimi Salad on Toast

A few weeks ago, we made homemade sushi, and I had some left over surimi that I had been putting in salads all week. Now, I’m from Baltimore, so there’s really no substitute for crab, but I’ve found it’s actually a highly versatile and flavorful […]