• Croque Monsieur Ham and Cheese Sandwich

    by Audrey

    Behold this quintessential French-bistro classic – the Croque Monsieur. This iconic French sandwich is filled with Paris ham and French hard mountain cheese, grilled to perfection, then covered with a creamy Béchamel sauce and finished under the broiler. It’s cheesy, gooey, chewy with crisp edges… in essence, it’s irresistible.

  • Spinach and Cheese Quiche

    by Audrey

    French Quiches are perfect to make do with what’s in season, and this Spinach and Cheese Quiche makes perfect use of big bunches of fresh, in-season spinach leaves. This classic French savory custard-filled deep-dish French tart is made with a buttery crust, a silky filling of eggs and cream, a healthy amount of spinach and lots of melty Gruyère cheese. It’s an easy recipe that you can enjoy at brunch, lunch or dinner and it’s also perfect to make ahead. Extra points if you make the pie crust from scratch!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Ham Cheese and Olive Bread

    by Audrey

    The kick-off to patio season has to be celebrated with a great appetizer, right? Which is why today’s recipe is perfectly suited. This Ham, Olive and Cheese Bread is very popular in France, and a French aperitif favorite. Known in French as a “cake salé” (savory cake), you’ll often find this type of rustic bread/loaf served at friendly get-togethers or for pre-meal snacks and drinks in France. They come in all variations and are traditionally cut in thin slices or cubes for guests to pick at, while mingling before dinner.…

  • Leftover Croissants…? Yes, this could happen! In fact, it has been happening to me a lot lately, as I’ve working on developing three different versions (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) of my Classic French Croissant recipes. So I have been left with dozens of croissants on the counter, and even though I am very much fond of them, going through 36 in a day became a bit too much. And you’ll probably agree that days-old croissants simply do not have the same oomph as freshly baked ones. So I have been…

  • Beer and Cheddar Welsh from Hauts-de-France

    by Audrey

    Behold this winter-perfect dish: A scrumptious Beer and Cheddar Welsh, just like they make in Northern French brasseries. Now, you might have already heard of the Welsh Rarebit – a typical specialty from Wales – that is a combination of toasted bread and melted cheese. But did you know that this is insanely popular in the north of France too? This popular French dish hails from the Hauts-de-France, where they simply call it “Le Welsh”, and it is just a bit different than the actual Welsh version (and a bit more…

  • The Quiche Lorraine

    by Audrey

    Buttery, custardy, salty. The Quiche Lorraine is the ultimate French comfort food and a timeless staple. It comes together effortlessly, to suit any occasion – be it a fancy brunch with friends, or a week-night family dinner. Since moving to Canada, the Quiche Lorraine has become one of my go-to recipes to make whenever I miss a taste of home, and I have found a way to make super-easy substitutions to make it work outside of France – without compromising the authenticity of the taste (see the cooking notes).

  • Cauliflower Ham Cheese Gratin

    by Audrey

    Known in French as “Gratin au Choufleur”, this Cauliflower, Ham & Cheese Gratin is a very popular dish across France, and is a homecook’s favourite. Probably because it hits all the right notes: it uses a vegetable as the main ingredient, it’s simple to prepare and pops right in the oven. But mostly, it is a deliciously comforting dish, with tender cauliflower topped with velvety Béchamel Sauce, savory ham cubes and melted cheese.

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