French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They're light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I'm getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic,...
Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting...
A terrine is something that has been baked or prepared in a loaf pan. Most commonly known for meat dishes, terrines (a French term) can also be chocolate desserts. I love this recipe for its simplicity and versatility. It's...
One of my favorite things about pie crust is that it's so versatile once you have some ideas of what to do with it. It' s a whole new tasting experience to try savory dishes using pie dough instead of just...
When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn't mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most...
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven't tried it before, I urge you to begin...
On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this...
Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child--and it's not because of the book or movie, Julie & Julia (though I really enjoyed both). Around this time last year I completely absorbed myself...
How I reclaimed a duckling's reputation- with the help of Julia Child, of course.

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