French Cooking Made Easy & a Macaron Smackdown

This Time Last Year

Viva la France! This time last year, we were cooking it up French-style with no-knead baguettes, mouth-watering crêpes, classic cassoulet, and a whole lot more. Take a peek inside real French kitchens!

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Leave the croissants and consommés to the chefs; French home-cooking is all about simplicity.

• The marble back-splash in this kitchen is cause for some serious jealousy.

• Make a big batch of ratatouille with the last summer gleanings from the farmers market.

Pierre Hermé vs. Laudré: which popular Parisian macaron comes out on top?

• Julia Child shows us how to make a French omelet.

These pistachio-lemon langues de chat cookies make the perfect afternoon nibble.

French souffles really don't deserve their fussy reputation.

• Do home cooks really need to know about mother sauces?

Zucchini and olives makes cake for breakfast totally legit.

• Some handy advice for avoiding beeping smoke alarms when searing meat.

• Once you hear what French school children eat for lunch, it's hard to go back to PB&J.

Crusty homemade baguettes are just a batch of no-knead dough away.

• Five tips to make your next batch of crêpes the best yet.

Take a tour of Paule Caillat's real French kitchen in the heart of Paris!

• With plenty of beans and several kinds of meat, cassoulet is classic French comfort food.

• Turn your kitchen into a French bistro!

Sundried tomatoes and black olives transforms mac n' cheese into a classy Provençal-style meal.

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