Category Archives: French

Road Trip: Au Pied de Cochon Montreal

In June 2010, I read about a restaurant in Montreal, featuring French Canadian cuisine called Au Pied de Cochon.  I was salivating.  At the time I was somewhere in Africa and Montreal was an impossible dream.  A cookbook was mentioned … Continue reading

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Balsamic Marinated Duck Breast with Asparagus

The breed of duck most consumed in the U.S. is the Pekin, originally imported from China.  The flavor and texture differs from the Muscovy (canard de barbarie) found in France because it’s a different bird and probably because of breeding … Continue reading

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Creole Duck Breast with Warm Broccoli Coleslaw

Got a big winter haul of duck from the farm in New York; breasts, legs and a little “duck ham.” Now that I have a freezer, sky’s the limit 🙂  I rubbed this duck with Emeril’s essence before searing. A … Continue reading

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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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