There’s A Hot New French Restaurant in Town—And No, It’s Not Us

November 1, 2016



(Credit: Flickr/Charles LeBlanc) New York Times critic Pete Wells has spoken. Le Coucou, a restaurant run by Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose (who also owns a restaurant in Paris called Spring) has been awarded those much-coveted three stars. Three means “excellent,” four means “extraordinary” (and extremely rare). The Soho spot has been tough to score a […]

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Where to Eat Croque Monsieur in New York

October 13, 2016

buvette croque monsieur

(Credit: Buvette) French cuisine is best when it caps its various foods with a blanket of oozy cheese, such as French onion soup or the croque monsieur, the most heartfelt interpretation of a ham and cheese sandwich ever. (Don’t eat it with your hands.) Add the feminine gender to it and you get an egg on […]

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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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Real French Food: How to Rival Professional French Chefs with Basic Home Ingredients

August 31, 2016



By: Jenna Edwards Photo Credit: Francois Crabalona Ripert. Boulud. Jean-Georges. Bourdain. New Yorkers most commonly associate French food with the haute cuisine of Michelin-starred chefs in their white linen establishments meant for skyscraper expense accounts. Fancy meats flanked with fancy sides, fancy in name because of the exotic source. Or French-wannabe diners dunking steak in […]

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For Your Pantry (and Soul): Calvados

June 15, 2016



I first heard of calvados when browsing Nina Parker’s South of France Cookbook, which is officially my new go-to for French recipes, especially during summer. It was one of the ingredients in a simple shrimp dish called Cervettes Tigrées de Bubi, a recipe from the restaurant La Table du Mareyeur in Port Grimaud. The result […]

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French Recipe: Ratatouille du Mazagran

May 12, 2016



French cuisine may not be known for being particularly healthy—Julia Child famously said, “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook”—but ratatouille is perhaps that rare exception. But with something this delicious, health is merely an afterthought. Ratatouille is a Provençal dish of stewed vegetables, typically tomatoes, […]

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L’Astrologie: What French Dish Are You?

May 10, 2016



Here’s how astrology can be pragmatic: by telling you what French dish you should eat next. Or which French dish most mirrors you, existentially. Because, yes, you can peer into a vol-au-vent and see your soul. (Image details at the end of article!) Bélier (Aries): Escargot This super-rich, warm, buttery, garlicky appetizer is not for […]

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Recipe: Aligot

May 10, 2016



Aligot is made of five ingredients, all with a similar hue: mashed potatoes, cheese, butter, cream, and garlic. Homogeneity is never a good thing, but aligot is an exception to the rule. Hailing from the Midi-Pyrénées region of Southern France, particularly in Auvergne, aligot is smooth and silky, somewhere between a fondue and your grandma’s standard […]

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