The Five Mother Sauces of French Cuisine

September 30, 2016



Every chef worth his or her sel knows the five mother sauces. Though the sauces were classified by French chefs for French cuisine, it is nowadays understood that pretty much every sauce in Western cuisine is derived from these five. They are béchamel, velouté, espagnole, sauce tomat, and hollandaise. I’ve thought through many ways to […]

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Resource of the Day: Conversation Exchange

September 14, 2016



Looking for new resources outside of class to add a little oomph to your understanding of French? Missing the old days of pen pals and want to meet actual francophones? Check out the free website Conversation Exchange. Functioning as a virtual platform for language exchange, Conversation Exchange lets users create picture-less profiles with a few details […]

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A Quick Look at the Music of Quebec

September 29, 2016



The history of music in La Nouvelle France, or Quebec, as we know it today, actually precedes colonization, with roots traceable back to the the French regions of Île-de-France, Picardy, Normandy, Poitou, and Brittany. Celtic music from the Irish wave of immigration to Québec in the 19th century, survives as well in addition to a still […]

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