Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

Merci, Monsieur Parmentier! For years, I always bought Salt Cod and Potato Gratin, or Brandade Parmentière, at my fishmonger’s (or even sometimes at Monoprix!). My reasoning was this: if they sell Salt Cod and Potato Gratin in stores, already made and ready to pop...
Grandma’s Chocolate Mousse

Grandma’s Chocolate Mousse

Regressive Pleasures If you were walking through upper Ménilmontant on a Sunday morning before lockdown(s), you would have seen young families lined up outside Benoît Castel’s bakery and restaurant. He’s the newish darling of eastern Parisian bakers. Happily waiting...
Jean’s Pumpkin Chestnut Soup

Jean’s Pumpkin Chestnut Soup

French Humor & A Thanksgiving Soup Recipe Well, here we are in Paris, once again in lockdown. Maybe I have too much time on my hands…. So let’s consider the apostrophe!  If there’s one thing that consistently drives me crazy about living in France, it’s the misuse...
Quince Crumble

Quince Crumble

Waste Not, Want Not: The Art of Foraging In France, the ambrosial fruit known as coing, or quince, is usually transformed into jelly or fruit paste. But getting at that wonderful taste takes a little work, and sometimes just finding quinces can be a challenge. In the...