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The French Chef: Les meringues

Les meringues cookies are a fun and easy recipe with egg whites for the New Year! Did you always wanted to make meringues cookies or even better macarons like the delicious Ladurée ones in Paris but did not know how to make this crispy fluffy 5 ingredient sweet French delicate cookie? Now you can! Meringue cookies are a staple in French bakeries in France. They are ...

 
 

The French Chef: Les madeleines

Who doesn't like homemade baked goods? Fresh baked cookies rime always with childhood memories, the smell from the kitchen that tickles your nostrils and invite you to at least “try.” But once you do, you just can not just have one.... A small delicious delectable piece of heaven that we allow us to indulge without feeling guilty. A wonderful culinary treat that is ...

 

The French Chef: Pomme purée for Thanksgiving

It is a staple and a must have during the Holiday season. The creamy, buttery, smooth homemade mashed potatoes are everyone’s favorite side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It is best when a rich homemade gravy made from any slowly cooked birds or ham “jus” is added. It sure brings back some heartwarming memories with family and friends a feeling of comfort, love and ...

 

The French Chef: Trumpet mushroom ragoût with creamy polenta

Mushrooms are such a versatile and tasty vegetable. How lucky are we to live near Kennett Square: The mushroom capital of the world. As a child, I spent a few years with my family near Bordeaux, “les Landes”. It gave me the chance to go mushroom forging with my dad during the Autumn season. The landscape and abundance of many forests plus the rich moist soil of the ...

 

The French Chef: Squash pear soup

Autumn's best silky, warm soup has a basil chiffonade and one secret ingredient.  Embrace seasonal vegetables from your local farmer’s markets just like in France. I love visiting Kennett Square farmers’ market on a Friday afternoons or the West Chester Growers market on a crisp fall day and shopping by at Baily’s dairy farm for any last minute vegetables. Seasonal ...

 

The French Chef: Moules Marinières!

Do you find yourself always ordering mussels on the menu of your favorite restaurant or always wanted to make them at home but did not know how? Are you pressed for time? Try this easy recipe of steamed mussels in a white wine, onion, garlic and parsley sauce. I have a very simple, quick and delicious recipe for you.  You will be amazed how easy it is and how ...

 

The French Chef: La Ratatouille!

Three Summer vegetables will impress friends and family.  I want to share with you this delicious summer ratatouille recipe. It's so easy! All you need are zucchinis, green bell pepper, fresh tomatoes (skinless), onions and garlic. This is a typical summer dish/stew from the Provence region. It is a French provencal vegetable stew. With the abundance of fresh ...