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Hi! I’m Allison, and I’m an Edutainer working in French food, culture, history, and art. If you’re a gastro-curious traveler or learner, I’m here to show you the A to Z of French food and culture!

Pan-Roasted Duck Breast with Cherries

Pan-Roasted Duck Breast with Cherries

Still Time for Cherries! August is here! Much of Paris has emptied for the vacation season, but no matter where they’re spending their vacances, the French are still taking advantage of an extended cherry season. The fruit showed up late this year: with all the frost...

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Asparagus with Mousseline Sauce and Hazelnuts

Asparagus with Mousseline Sauce and Hazelnuts

A Sauce by Any Other NameA few weeks ago, I was leafing through some recipes that I used for my cooking classes way back when. I came across an old favorite, Asparagus with Mousseline Sauce and Hazelnuts. Yum! Asparagus is plentiful in Paris right now - both the green...

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Chilled Green Pea Soup with Cumin and Pistachios

Chilled Green Pea Soup with Cumin and Pistachios

Culinary Mystery Solved!Once in a while, I get a message from a newsletter subscriber who is looking for a particular product or recipe they tried in Paris. A few years ago, I opened a message on my web site and found this one from a reader looking for a green pea...

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

If you’ve never used salt cod in recipes, you’re missing out! My recipe for Salt Cod and Potato Gratin or Brandade Parmentière is a favorite in Paris. Find out what makes it so Parisian by reading here!