Rustic Mustard and Tapenade Batons for French Fridays With Dorie

Here is the next installment from my online cooking group, French Fridays With Dorie.  The group is happily cooking and baking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.  Except for a few Austin Power’s ‘Oh Behave’ moments, this is an easy and fast recipe that uses purchased frozen puff pastry.  The pastry […]

Chocolate Eclairs With Thick Ganache For French Fridays With Dorie

My blog is sweet this week, first I made chocolate brownie cupcakes with lavender icing and now chocolate éclairs with a thick ganache glaze for French Fridays With Dorie.  I am having so much fun cooking my way through Around My French Table with a group of such talented cooks from all over the country.  […]

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccoli Served With Halibut For French Fridays With Dorie

Spring has sprung in my garden, it’s now official as the big oak tree behind our house has leafed out.  We added soil to our garden plot and are planting vegetables and herbs this weekend.  Just for fun I’m adding a few sunflowers to go along with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, scallions, zucchini, tomatillos,sweet basil and […]

Quinoa, Fruit and Nut Salad For French Fridays

  Because of black quinoa’s striking color, reminds me of wild rice, I decided to use it in my salad this week for French Fridays with Dorie.  Attempting to give my salad even more visual pizazz  I added orange zest and crème fraiche with sprigs of watercress on top.  I did a fair amount of […]

Sea Scallops With Caramel-Orange Sauce For French Fridays With Dorie

We love sea scallops but rarely make them at home so this simple but delectable recipe was ideal for us.  Just for fun I added candied orange zest which finished the dish with a little flourish. I used stalks of early Spring asparagus with thinly sliced raw fennel and fresh mint dressed in olive oil, […]

Salted Butter Break-Ups for French Friday

The three things I love about this recipe are, #1 You get to use sel gris, french grey sea salt, in a cookie dough with unsalted butter, #2 You get to pound the dough with your rolling pin and #3 You don’t have to be neat, oh and one more, Accuracy doesn’t count!!!!!   I played […]

Beggar’s Fusilli Friday with Dorie

Did I use fusilli instead of the linguini called for in this recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan because I wanted to title my post French Fusilli Friday??  Maybe but more likely because I love a thicker corkscrew type of pasta to soak up the rich flavorful sauce I made using Dorie’s […]

French Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Inspiration from ‘Flour’, a fun read for lovers of home baking, by Joanne Chang, the owner and pastry chef at Flour Bakery & Cafe in Boston.  It’s been a few years since I made a lemon poppy seed cake and my stash of Meyer lemons was calling out to me, “Use me in something good”.  […]

First French Friday with Cheese and Chive Bread

My first French Fridays with Dorie and my bread is coming out of the oven as we speak.  I am embarking on an adventure with an online cooking group which will consist of selecting and trying recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s book, Around My French Table.  Challenging myself to cook through Dorie’s book is a fun […]