Fluffy Made From Scratch Pancakes & a little history

It’s National Pancake Week (I think) and we kicked off the week with an Americanized version of savory French crepes. Today I’m bringing you the history behind pancakes and the best, fluffy, made from scratch recipe…ever! It’s said the origin of pancakes can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks who made a form of…

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Romantic Indoor Valentine’s Picnic Featuring Nicoise Salad

It’s Romance week; dedicated to all hearts filled with love and devotion. Are you searching for ways to whisk away your Valentine to Romance land? Why not try an indoor picnic at home? Where you ask? Look no further than your living room floor… Lay out a crisp, new tablecloth, scatter with rose petals, light…

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Croque Madame; The French Grilled Cheese

In France, Croque Madame is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with the addition of a simple white cream sauce and fried egg. The Croque Monsieur is the same, but without the egg. This creamy, cheesy, slightly salty, flavorful French delight originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack or lunch. Typically, Emmental…

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Coq au Vin (Chicken with Wine)

Coq au Vin simply means; chicken with wine. The delectable delicate flavors of this classic French dish kisses your palate with essences of fresh herbs and subtle wine. Coq au Vin is really quite easy to put together, so there’s no need for any intimidation factors. I used Pinot noir in this recipe for the…

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France: Food, Wine, Culture & Cooking

We are dedicating this week to enchanting, romantic and mesmerizing France. While my concentration will be on food and recipes, I found it fitting to first offer some interesting facts about “la République française.” Also known informally as “l’hexagone” (the hexagon) because of the general form of the country. To not only whet the palate,…

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Monte Cristo: Not Your Ordinary French Sandwich

What to do with all of those Easter leftovers? My suggestion are sandwiches, but let’s make this one memorably delicious. Monte Cristo? Yes! Let’s turn French toast into a sandwich to remember, shall we? People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double­decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried,…

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The Perfect French Bread, Baguette & Roll Recipe

A crisp, crunchy crust and slightly chewy crumb make this bread as traditional as the breads served in France. Perfect for molding and shaping into any size rolls or single loaves. This delectable bread is wonderful slathered with butter and jam, toasted, the base for sandwiches, French toast, an accompaniment to soups and stews, garlic…

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What do the French Have For Lunch? Croque Madame

In France, Croque Madame is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with the addition of a simple white cream sauce and fried egg. The Croque Monsieur is the same, but without the egg. This creamy, cheesy, slightly salty, flavorful French delight originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack or lunch. Typically, Emmental…

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