Chocolate Eclairs (Recipe)

We were up until 2am this morning making (and eating) chocolate éclairs. No, it’s not the baby that keeps us up; it’s self-imposed French pastry projects. Well, I wasn’t actually doing the baking part. Making éclairs was Sébastien’s rainy Sunday project. I was just there to take photos, wash a few pots, help fill a […]

What’s a Gour Noir?

The best way to choose cheese at a cheese shop is to ask the fromager for advice. This is how I end up with new favorites all the time. Believe it or not, there are seasons for cheese, just like for fruit and vegetables. Recently, my cheesemonger recommended a Gour Noir. “It’s in season now,” […]

If I Had to Choose…

This post is for a friend of a friend, and anyone else visiting Paris with an empty tummy. It seems that everyone comes through here at some point or another. When it isn’t friends, it’s friends of friends and, thus, I’m often asked for suggestions. Do I love giving them! After living in France for […]

What’s a Paris-Brest?

Even after nearly nine years living in France, I still make constant new discoveries. They’re especially fun when it comes to food, so I’ve decided to start a new series of short posts called “What’s a…?” to best share some of these finds. Here goes the first one: What’s a… Paris-Brest? It’s a traditional French […]

Gluten-free Chocolate Lava Cake (Recipe)

Fondant au chocolat is one of my favorite French desserts to both make and enjoy in restaurants. It’s extremely popular here and they even made an avocado-filled one on “Top Chef” the other night. This intense dessert has a solid cakey outside and a melting (usually chocolate) center. I’ve been meaning to share this recipe […]

Spelt Brownies (Recipe)

I’ve finally discovered the secret to amazingly good brownies: vigorous beating. Many recipes mention it, but in the past I’ve been lazy and skimped on any extended batter beating. I recently decided to be wild and spend an extra 8 minutes making brownies. That (and using spelt flour) is the key to light, fluffy, gooey […]