Baby Bok Choy en Papillote with Snow Peas & Garlic

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French Friday’s with Dorie – Haiku! I see it again packed nicely, four to a box how does one eat it? First kiss it with mint huddle with peas, mint, garlic Steam it in foil slide in the oven fifteen minutes to heaven open and enjoy

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Sriracha & Sesame

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Last night after a somewhat awkward realization that I had just eaten an entire batch of this Spicy Roasted Cauliflower,  again, I got to wondering about when cauliflower got to be so damn good ? I made three batches of this  stuff in one week serving it up as a side with just about everything I’ve […]

Quiche Maraichère

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French Fridays with Dorie French Fridays with Dorie can be at its best when the assigned weekly dish has me rediscovering a a dish I haven’t enjoyed in awhile since becoming part of a ‘food blogging ecosystem’ that doesn’t necessarly reward the ordinary. I don’t mean to imply that this Quiche Maraichère is unworthy as it is most […]

Visitandine Strawberry Shortcakes

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French Friday with Dorie – Haiku! a visitandine what’s so special about this? teacakes made by nuns look! fussy styling a ruler strikes my knuckles (i’ll skip this next time) brown’d butter used here my choice if its optional did nuns do that too? Visitandine Strawberry Shortcakes Visitandine is a simple French teacake and yet […]

Aperol Tequila Swizzle Cocktail

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These bottles may not be current “main squeeze” of mine but the rather queer stash of alcoholic this-and-that sits up high in the inconvenient cabinet behind the refrigerator.  Here they serve as my alcoholic booty calls — ready to satisfy me at a moments notice, but never asking any real commitment from me. I would […]

Tartines: Norvegienne & Saint Germaine

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French Friday’s with Dorie [I'm doubling up on French Fridays with Dorie this week since I still have many assignments for which I just haven’t had the time to sit down with a plan and share with you. I’m hoping it will be more palatable going forward if I just double up on Friday whenever […]

Vegetable Barley Soup with the Taste of Little India

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French Fridays with Dorie Surprisingly, it didn’t matter so much to me that just as our planet was gliding across its vernal equinox, signaling both the arrival of Spring and an imminent end to my seasonal affective disorder, our French Friday’s with Dorie crew had been assigned to make a decidedly wintery soup — one laden with […]

Scallop and Onion Tarte Fines

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French Fridays with Dorie The choice to select these Scallop and Onion Tarte Fines to once again jump back in to the French Friday with Dorie milieu is as puzzling to me as the tarts themselves. While reading this recipe I could tell even then that these odd little pizza-like creatures would be somewhat unremarkable. […]

Boeuf à la Ficelle (Beef on a String)

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French Friday’s with Dorie My favorite ingredient for this French Friday’s with Dorie Boeuf à la Ficelle (Beef on a String) dish was not the delicious and tender grass-fed specimen of filet mignon I paid a small fortune for. Nor was it the organically grown rainbow carrots with their timely anti-Russian homophobia political messaging that purchased at a local farmer’s market. […]

Fudgy Cherry Port Brownies

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Will you just look at these? I am feel like I am selling out several of my strongly held principles this minute by posting a Fudgy Cherry Port Brownies post on Valentines Day. Why in god’s name am I doing this when my personal disdain for the day is rather well known? In fact, you […]

Paris Brest Pastry

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French Friday’s with Dorie I generally try to avoid cream puffs. These creamy sweet desserts such as eclairs and other puffed dough balls filled with whipped cream have never been a particular favorite of mine. They remind me of overconfident Frenchmen who are obnoxious yet still win you over with their charm. I’ll explain later. […]

Moules Mariniere – Taking the Bait!

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French Friday’s with Dorie Moules Mariniere is one of those dishes I only eat when I am far from home. I have fond memories of eating them as a late afternoon lunch at a French bistro when the steaming, wine flavored broth was just the right tonic for restoring my faith after a long day […]

Party Soups à la Christine

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French Friday’s with Dorie People who can take a small bit of this, combine it with a little scrap of that, and turn it out into a terribly chic and stylish something-or-another, all with seemingly little or no effort irritate me greatly. I hate them. And yes, by “hate” and “irritate” I mean their talent makes […]

Mushroom Macaroni Cheese “Risotto”

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French Fridays with Dorie We’ll start this off by saying that this mushroom macaroni cheese is no more “risotto” ’cause it is cooked by stirring it in a hot broth than pizza becomes “Hawaiian” when you top it with a some pineapple. Nonetheless, Dorie Greenspan’s French friend managed to wow her with her “Dressy Pasta Risotto” […]

Pumpkin Stuffed with Fontina, Italian Sausage, and Rotini

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Nobody would be surprised should you conclude from the last several month here that I own only one cookbook.  Ms. Greenspan’s tour de force does seem to occupy a disproportionate amount of my culinary bandwidth here these days doesn’t it? During the three-plus years I have visually fed from her book each Friday I remain both […]