February 2nd, 2012

Moelleux au Chocolat

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Ah oui, le moelleux au chocolat… The perfect chocolate cake that oozes melted chocolate when you cut into it.  I used a new tin (on sale from Williams Sonoma - FTW) that made my extra-large cupcake-sized cakes into perfect cups for toppings like strawberries and whipped cream…

The recipe I followed as from an amazing Lyonnaise, Marion Chapsal, but it’s very similar to others you can find online.  The trick is not to put in too much flour or to bake it too long… If it still looks wet, it’s perfect. :)

Bon appetit!

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**PS, these ones, believe it or not, are gluten-free!  I found an awesome GF patisserie mix at a bio store in town.  They didn’t taste GF at all.  Love!**

January 30th, 2012

Summer Soup de Jeanne

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This super easy recipe for a summer soup with cucumber, goat cheese, and mint comes from Marmiton, a French recipe site.  For those anglophones out there:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 8 ounces of fresh goat cheese
  • 8 ounces plain yogurt
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed (optional)
  • Salt and paper to taste

Blend ingredients together and chill for 1-2 hours before serving.  Bon appetit!

January 25th, 2012

Spoils from the Farm

Missing the Dupont Circle farmers’ market in DC and inspired by my Choate friend’s blog highlighting her successful visit there this fall, I convinced my FH and his brother and mum to go with me to a farm in Burgundy this fall.  Turns out that there’s a great one just down the road from their home in Auxerre.

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Next on the list: joining a local CSA.  There’s one two metro stops away from us in Lyon that we’re planning to check out before our five-year anniversary dinner tomorrow night.  That’s right, folks - tomorrow marks five years since our first date.  I don’t know any better way to celebrate!

A Lot of Eating

Long lost fans,

Bonjour et pardonnez-moi pour le delai.  A new job and lots of new community responsibilities and fun new friends have kept me busy.  Let’s just say, during the past six months, we’ve been doing a lot of cooking and eating and drinking:

We ate fondue… (my FH, in Switzerland)

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We ate duck…

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Grenouilles…

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But yeah, mostly we ate a lot of cheese, washed it down with a lot of wine.

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Can you blame us??  We live in France! :)

Last time I had a period of non-posting I retroactively posted all my old photos with their stories… This time, I’m just going to spontaneously post pics with recipes, if I can find them.  We ate well these past few months, let me tell you…

À bientôt,

Jen

July 17th, 2011

Brie en Croûte

Last August, in preparation for my move to Lyon, my parents threw me a France-themed going away party.  The highlights included abundant French wine, Frenchified games and trivia, and, of course, loads of French food. One party favorite was the Brie en Croûte, the recipe for which we stole from Paula Deen.

Browsing through Les Halles, a gourmet marketplace in Lyon, you might think that “things en croûte” is super common. You’ll find various cheeses en croûte, saucisse en croûte, pâté en croûte… it’s everywhere.   When I whipped up this tasty treat for my French fiancé (<- I love this new title!) and his French friend who was visiting for a night, though, neither of them had ever tried it before.   Apparently, yours truly, the expat in France, was introducing a French food to a French audience!   Quel privilège!

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June 13th, 2011

Bistro Night – Grilled Sammies & Frites

Back when I was a little girl, my mum and I used to visit my grandmother at work at a dentist’s office in Boston, where we would meet up with my aunt and cousin. I’m sure it only happened a handful of times but I have very fond memories of the five of us girls going out to lunch at Friendly’s where we’d share BLTs and grilled cheeses with chocolate milkshakes. Remembering the lunch rush bellowing around us, taking refuge from the winter wind, brings back a cozy feeling of being loved and a part of something special.

The weather lately in Lyon has been beautiful during the day but grumpy in the evenings – windy and brisk with some out-of-the-blue rain to top it all off. It’s one of those weeks that calls for real feel-good food. Anticipating a big upcoming culinary undertaking (stay tuned!), I decided to experiment with the basics this week and worked off of the “Broke & Fabulous Grilled Cheese” recipe highlighted in Glamour’s new recipe book, 100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know and Emeril Legasse’s recipe for Perfect French Fries.

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