Entrées

  • Chicken, fresh tarragon, cream and white wine are no strangers to a French kitchen – and they all come together wonderfully in this classic French-bistro fare. This creamy French Chicken Tarragon, known as “Poulet à l’Estragon”, is a simple one-pan recipe that’s both comforting and fresh tasting. Chicken thighs are first browned and braised in white wine for tenderness. Cream is then added for extra richness. But it’s really fresh tarragon, a staple herb in French cooking with assertive aniseed-like notes, that gives the distinctive flavor to this unique dish. 

  • This savory Tomato Mustard Tart is a classic Summer recipe that French home cooks love to make every year when tomatoes are in season. It features a buttery puff pastry, with in-season ripe tomatoes, a sprinkle of grated cheese and a heavy smear of Dijon Mustard at the bottom. There are a number of variations to this classic Summer dish, including some with ham, anchovies, olives, etc… But if you ask me, this basic one is simply wonderful as is.

  • If you can’t go to Provence, Provence can still come to you! With bold sun-kissed flavors, this classic Chicken Provençal is an uncomplicated recipe reminiscing of warm summers in the South of France. It features wine-braised crispy-skinned chicken with loads of melty garlic and shallots, briny bites of green olives, tender artichoke hearts and sweet cherry tomatoes – all showered under fragrant Herbes de Provence.

  • Known in French as a “Chou-fleur Mimosa”, this Whole Cauliflower with Crumbled Egg Vinaigrette is as easy to make as it looks impressive, and is such a fun way to enjoy cauliflower – other than in a gratin. This recipe packs on layers of flavors! The cauliflower head is poached until tender, topped with a tangy shallot vinaigrette, parsley and lastly some crumbled hard-boiled eggs (know as “mimosa” in France – nothing to do with the brunch cocktail!).  

  • Sweet Pea Ham Quiche

    by Audrey

    Quiche is always a good idea. The savory custard-filled deep-dish French tart is classic, versatile and a welcome addition to any table – be it lunch, dinner or brunch. I think a basic quiche recipe is a must-have in your cooking repertoire. And this is where I come in today with one my favorite versions – a Sweet Pea and Ham Quiche.

  • Who doesn’t love a good sheet pan dinner? I know I do! I love the simplicity of tossing together some favorite ingredients and baking them in one go and one tray. This means zero time wasted in the kitchen, less cleaning up to do, and always a tasty dinner. This Sheet Pan Basque-Style Breaded Haddock fillets recipe is a spin on traditional Basque-Style fish – a popular way to prepare and enjoy fish in sunny Basque Country, a region spanning the Franco-Spanish boarder.

  • Coq Au Vin Blanc

    by Audrey

    Quintessentially French, Coq au Vin (literally “rooster in wine”) is a mastodon of our cooking repertoire. Made from a whole chicken cut in 8 pieces, with bacon, mushrooms and carrots, it is traditionally cooked using red wine resulting in a purple-ish sauce. But its “Blanc” version, using dry white wine, is lighter, with brighter flavors and is just a little bit more elegant, if you ask me. 

  • Turnips are one of those classic root vegetables that tends to leave you wondering what to do with them… In France, turnips are often used in Winter soups, but their fleshy white texture also makes them well suited for layered gratins like the one. This dish is creamy and comforting, with only a fraction of the carbs of a potato gratin. Get ready to love turnips!

  • French-Style Mac ‘n Cheese with Peas

    by Audrey

    Who doesn’t love a creamy, melty and comforting mac n’ cheese? But have you ever had a French-Style Mac n’ Cheese before? If not, you’re in for a treat!  The foundation of this creamy casserole is a velvety white Béchamel sauce spiked with nutmeg to which we add a hefty amount of crème fraiche for richness and tang, and then Gruyère cheese for sweet, nutty flavors and great cheesy strings. This is a luscious and comforting recipe that’s a staple of French Mountain cooking. 

  • Sesame Sole Fillets with Leek Fondue

    by Audrey

    Sole is one of my favorite fish, and in the Winter I love it even more nestled atop a creamy, buttery Leek fondue. The pairing of a delicate and juicy sole fillet with sweet caramelized leeks spiked with cream is just pure comfort to me… Yet, it’s also light and healthy-ish. If you’re looking for a no-fuss, delicious and slightly fancy recipe for your Valentine’s Day dinner (or any dinner date), this just may be the one!

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