Tomatoes, garlic, and olives play a major role in the cuisine of Provence, France. This stands to reason since it cozies right up against Italy and shares much of the same Mediterranean growing climate. It also gives us a good excuse to combine the best parts of both cultures in one cheesy bowl of pasta.
A heavenly combination of Spanish and French cuisine, the food of Pays Basque in southwestern France is full of sweet-hot peppers, fresh seafood, ham, apples, cherries, and a whole lot more. We think this has the makings for a fantastic dinner party, don’t you?
After the commotion over Parisian hot chocolate, I couldn't resist one more contentious topic: macarons. I sampled many in the gorgeous City of Light, but these two shops stood out. Whose macaron reigns supreme?
When she was a pastry chef at Chez Panisse, Jehnee Rains was asked to develop the restaurant's recipe for Crêpes Suzette. From the testing and retesting of several versions, she came up with what turned out to be the Holy Grail of sweet crêpes. She shared a few unusual tips that make these perfectly sweet crêpes stand out — and one very unusual ingredient. Can you guess?
Border regions have some of the best cuisine, don’t you think? Nestled up against the German border (and at some points in history, even within the German border), the food in this part of France is the truly best of both worlds. These recipes say it all.
French style has inspired a lot of pieces that are readily available for us to purchase and incorporate into our own kitchens. Here are five pieces you can pick up for your kitchen, eating area, or dining room to bring a little French style home:
A recent New York Times dining section included a piece on savory French quick breads, cakes salés. I've seen these before, and I've always wanted to try one. I also had a great deal of zucchini on hand (it's that time of year!) and I wanted to play around with the recipe a bit. The result? Well, I've been eating it happily for breakfast all week, and I can hardly wait to bake another loaf.
In Japan, we have kobe beef. And in France, we have poulet de bresse. These pampered chickens with their distinctive blue feet and fine plumage are though to have some of the most delicious meat on earth. Have you ever tried it?
We're all familiar with Le Creuset and their beautiful enameled cast iron pots. Every owner has a different reason for loving Le Creuset and it seem as though once you've purchased one, you'll be purchasing plenty more. But when you bring them all home — ah, that's where the real fun begins.