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French Recipes Side Dish Vegetarian

Ratatouille

The late summer harvest is the best time to make Ratatouille. This classic French stew is best when made with fresh tomatoes, zucchinis, eggplant, bell peppers and onions. It’ pretty versatile too. Serve as a vegetarian main dish, side dish, warm or cold with bread or toast at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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French Main Course Recipes Seafood

Salmon with Pernod

Salmon fillet baked with sweet pepper and a buttery glaze of anise and Pernod. Shopping for your ingredients à la française One of the best ways to experience French culture is by shopping at the outdoor markets and specialty shops found throughout France. The vibrant colours and aromas are sure to please the senses. Listening…

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French Main Course Recipes

Beef Bourguignon Simplified

The classic “Beouf Bourguignon” was popularized outside of France in the 1960s by Julia Child in her best selling cookbook,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  It was re-discovered by Gen-Xers through the film Julie & Julia,  where  Julie, a young food blogger, attempts to perfect Child’s exacting recipe.  Forget searching all over town for pearl…

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French Recipes Side Dish

Roast Potatoes with Mirepoix

This dish makes a great side for roast beef or grilled lamb. Mirepoix is a popular flavour enhancer used in French cuisine. Normally, onion, carrot and celery are used but variations using other aromatic vegetables like garlic, mushrooms and sweet peppers are common in other cuisines. You’ll get the best results if you use an…

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Breakfast Canadian French Recipes

Sweet & Savory Crêpes

One of the things I remember most about by first visit to Quebec City was ordering crêpes from a street vendor. Once you chose your fillings and placed your order you watched and waited as the crêpier showed off their technique. Then voilà, a delicious treat that you could eat on the go as you…

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French Recipes Salad Vegetarian

Grenoble Green Bean Salad

Served cool, this salad makes a nice side in the summer when the weather is just a little too hot for a steamy vegetable side.  This dish accompanied a grilled strip loin (New York) steak and a baked potato at a recent al fresco dinner party.  We paired it with a vintage Beaujolais. On a…

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French Main Course Recipes

Pork Medallions with Tarragon Cream Sauce

Discover the art of the French “saucier” with these pork medallions covered in a savoury tarragon mustard cream sauce.

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Appetizers French Precooked Ingredients Recipes Seafood Soup

Easy Shrimp Bisque

You’ve just asked your party guests to sit down for the main meal when you scan the appetizers and see that you have an uneaten shrimp ring and a partly eaten veggie platter. Before these prepared treasures sit out too long, put them in the fridge so that you can give them a reprieve and…

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French Main Course Recipes

Chicken Cordon Bleu

The term “cordon bleu” or blue ribbon (in English) is synonymous with a top merit in French cuisine. There is also a prestigious international school, Le Cordon Bleu, whose alumni include some of the world’s top chefs. I was recently at a banquet and was served Chicken Cordon Bleu. We were served a processed, frozen, deep…

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Appetizers Breakfast French Recipes

Quiche Lorraine

For some people, quiche makes a hearty breakfast or the perfect brunch fare but for those who call the Alsace-Lorraine region along the French-German border home, quiche is rarely eaten for breakfast. While Alsatian cuisine can be found in larger cities across France, you’ll discover a unique blend of cultures, languages and cuisines with a…