Category Archives: French

Veal Chops with Sage Mustard Sauce

  It’s been a very good year for our herb garden, even the stubborn, gangster basil looks good!  We’ve got fennel fronds, parsley, weed like oregano, rosemary and two varieties of sage that are almost bushes.  Autumn is a good … Continue reading

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Mushrooms in Port Sauce

It’s mushroom season in France with dozens of varieties of mushrooms.  Envious, I trolled the stores here and found these crimini mushrooms. I wanted to make these with sherry but ruby port was all I had.   Still good. The … Continue reading

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The Spice of Life

As an adult, I’ve always looked for variety in the food I eat; bored by the “Wednesday meatloaf” of childhood, I first found interest and inspiration in the ethnic foods of the U.S.   Travel broadened my food horizons in both … Continue reading

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Chez Les Carnivores

“You can’t serve meat as an entree!”, said a guest that we considered hanging after lunch, the guillotine being too good for him.  Hanging, not for the comment, but because he arrived a full hour late and only had the … Continue reading

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Pork Cheeks with Red Coco Beans

In France, pork cheeks are classified as “les abats” or offal because they are attached to the pig’s head.  The head, considered by no Frenchman ever as a thrown away item, is part of the stripped carcass.  I don’t even … Continue reading

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Pork

Back in the day, when we were in Niger, I remember being invited to a pig roast hosted by another American and his Vietnamese wife.  I will never forget this barbecue because when the pig was done, every inch of … Continue reading

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Fish Mongery

The absolute first thing I wanted to do after my arrival was to go to Steve the fishmonger at L’Ambiance des Halles, and I did.  Although I’ve gotten off to a slow start; the weather was a horrendous 96 F … Continue reading

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