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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 […]

Champagne Pommery: A champagne cave…and an underground art exhibit

Champagne Pommery: A champagne cave…and an underground art exhibit

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit relatives who live in Reims, the heart of champagne country. The highlight of the trip was a visit to Champagne Pommery, one of the oldest and largest champagne brands in the world. Pommery was founded in 1857 […]

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 […]

The Simple Pleasures of Tartines

The Simple Pleasures of Tartines

Too often, when people think of French food, they think of intricately prepared dishes with a lot of ingredients that can take hours to prepare and require a culinary degree just to read the recipe. I’m happy to tell you that not all French food […]

Braised Pork Cheeks that Will Make Your Head Spin

Braised Pork Cheeks that Will Make Your Head Spin

Remember when I told you that you could apply the recipe for coq au vin to other meats? Well hold onto your oven mitts, because here’s one that’s going to make your head spin. Why? Because it’s rich. It’s soft. It’s smooth. It’s unctuous. It […]

Roasted Guinea Fowl (Pintade) with White Asparagus and Parsley Potatoes

Roasted Guinea Fowl (Pintade) with White Asparagus and Parsley Potatoes

Weekends, especially Friday evenings, are usually when I devote myself to cooking big meals that are slightly more complicated and slightly more elevated than the weekday standbys. Fridays are often the best times for this, as that’s when our local farmers market takes place. I […]