Ham and Gruyere Quiche with Leeks

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This quiche, rich with ham, Gruyere Cheese, and Leeks will make any breakfast, lunch, or dinner shine.

How to Make a Croque-Monsieur

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A Croque-Monsieur is the French answer to the grilled cheese sandwich. And it’s pretty darn awesome. French food gets a reputation for being complicated. I can see that. There are definitely some complex recipes. Souffle? Croissant? Yeah, I get you. Even a simple mousse au chocolat takes several steps and dirties many bowls. On the other hand, […]

Escalivada

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Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean with this easy Escalivada, chock full of eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomato, and peppers, drizzled with olive oil.

The Ultimate Snacky Dinner

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Serve up a snacky dinner for a quick and easy meal that can still feel special. The Snacky Dinner has long been a part of our family’s food culture. I remember when our kids were all under nine years old. Yes, really. We had five children and were living in our four bedroom home in […]

Tomato Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence

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This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It’s economical and delicious, the perfect combination for your next company meal. So, bruschetta is probably one of my favorite appetizers to make. It’s like the Italian cousin of Mexico’s salsa. Only it’s cheaper to make and just as tasty. Plus, it goes nicely with red wine. […]

Homemade Herbes de Provence Recipe

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Save money and season your dishes well with this homemade Herbes de Provence recipe. While we were in France last month, I did a fair amount of meal prep. Certainly not as much as I do at home, but I did cook and prepare meals during our vacation in order to save money and also […]

French Fridays: Eat Like the French

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One of the things that we did to prepare our kids for a month in France was a practice I call, “French Fridays”. Instead of serving regular Friday night pizza, I switch up the menu to serve our dinner more in the French style. To do so, the girls enjoy setting a nicer table. I […]

How I Lost 6 Pounds on Vacation

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I went to France for a month and lost six pounds. Here’s how I think it happened. We spent 30 days in Europe this fall. I ate a chausson aux pommes or a croissant almost every morning. I indulged in my favorite chocolate-hazlenut cookies from college, Hello Kango, every afternoon. I enjoyed rich cheese and […]