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Adventures of an American cooking, eating and living in France

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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 […]

Les Flots: A meal worth every cent

Les Flots: A meal worth every cent

My wife and I recently celebrated our 14th anniversary (hard to believe it’s been that long), and we decided to get away for a weekend to La Rochelle. And, like any good couple, we decided to treat ourselves to a nicer restaurant than we might […]

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. […]

Is Couscous French Food?

Is Couscous French Food?

If you spend any time in most sizable French cities, you are likely to come across restaurants that serve couscous. A typical dish of northern African countries, couscous is steamed semolina pasta typically served with stewed vegetables and grilled meats. I ask if this is […]