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Adventures of an American cooking, eating and living in France

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This roasted ratatouille will knock your socks off!

This roasted ratatouille will knock your socks off!

It’s summertime, which in France (and elsewhere) means that the awesome summer veggies are arriving just in time to make a delicious ratatouille! I’m talking scrumptious eggplant, zesty zucchini, and pungent peppers. They are bountiful, and it’s no wonder that ratatouille is considered one of […]

Chilled cucumber soup hits the spot on a hot summer day

Chilled cucumber soup hits the spot on a hot summer day

We’ve got a heat wave going on here in western France right now, and we’ve been looking for easy ways to cool off, including eating half a gallon of ice cream and/or sorbet in a single sitting. Because of the heat, I’ve been on a […]

Cool down with Chilled Carrot Soup

Cool down with Chilled Carrot Soup

It’s nearly summer, and the weather has definitely started to get warm in France (though, to be fair Western France’s weather is highly erratic; one day it’s 80 F, the next it’s 65 F.) Due to a recent mix-up in my shopping list, I had […]

Easy & Delicious Glazed Duck Breasts

Easy & Delicious Glazed Duck Breasts

One of the meats that is readily and inexpensively available in France is duck breast. Where in the U.S. I may have bought a single duck breast for about $10 – $15, here in France I can usually get two for that same price, and […]

Easy pork tenderloin in cider sauce

Easy pork tenderloin in cider sauce

Until I moved to France, I always thought the term for “filet mignon” was reserved for that delicate and delicious cut of beef. However, I recently learned it also applies to pork tenderloin. One of my favorite cuts of pork, the tenderloin is indeed tender. […]

The Joys of Outdoor Cooking

The Joys of Outdoor Cooking

When I lived in the States, I had a nice gas grill. In the late spring, summer and fall, we’d cook and eat outside more often than not, but when we moved to France we moved to an apartment. That meant no grill. I suppose […]