Bacon Quiche with Broccoli & Cheddar

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This Bacon Quiche with Broccoli & Cheddar comes together quickly and easily, yet it feels like an elegant meal. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Ready for an easy dinner that will knock folks’ socks off? This easy Bacon Quiche with Broccoli & Cheddar fills the bill to a T. Not only is it […]

Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe

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Add a dash of French cuisine to your daily salad when you mix up a batch of this simple Dijon Vinaigrette. It’s quick to make and adds a flavor that can’t be beat. I grew up eating plenty of salads. I was a salad girl, always choosing a salad when dining out or even when […]

Sweet Almond Toasts (Poorman’s Bostock)

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These Sweet Almond Toasts are like the French Bostock, but with less expensive ingredients and a simpler preparation — and with all the great almond flavor and texture.  A few months ago we were visiting family in Santa Barbara when FishPapa and I slipped away for a coffee date at Peets. I was feeling reckless and ordered […]

Nicoise Salad Wraps

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Take an old French classic and tweak it with these Nicoise Salad Wraps. Filled with tuna, egg, and vegetables but serve in a wrap, the traditional salad feels new again. I love Salade Nicoise. I remember eating it at an outdoor cafe in Bordeaux with my friend Lucile many, many moons ago. It’s a French classic that […]

Quiche Recipe Basics

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The basic quiche recipe is not complicated. Eggs and cream form a luscious custard that you pour into a pie crust and customize with your favorite fillings. Learn the basics to your classic quiche recipe. As you may know, I was a fan of France long before I ever set foot in Charles de Gaulle airport. Ever […]

Catalan Meatballs: Boules de Picolat

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Boules de Picolat are Catalan meatballs. These meatballs, dressed in a savory sauce, are easy to make and freezer-friendly. This is the little town of Collioure, nestled in the Catalan region of south-western France. My French family, the Durieux, have roots in this little port village. When they took me, a young American college student, […]

Salade Composee: What the Heck is That and Why Should I Make It for Dinner?

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Salade composee, or composed salad, is a great way to serve a healthier, quick dinner, with interest and texture. Trust me, it works. Salade Nicoise If you grew up in the states in the 70s and 80s, your first idea of salad might have been pretty simplistic. I know mine was: iceberg lettuce, a tomato […]

Salade Nicoise Recipe

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Salade Nicoise is one of the traditional French salads, composed rather than tossed, and featuring fresh vegetables, tiny salty black olives, and tuna. If you travel to France, chances are you will have the opportunity to eat in a restaurant or cafe. I hope so! Some of the best meals I ever ate were in […]

Tartiflette Pizza

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Tartiflette Pizza is one of those amazing things we enjoyed in France: potatoes, bacon, and onion join forces with creamy Brie for a divine pizza.

Ham and Cheese Foldovers

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Ham and Cheese Foldovers

These ham and cheese foldovers are incredibly easy to make. These quick to assemble ham and cheese croissant-type sandwiches are elegant as well as delicious.