CtBF – Baba Ganoush

I have to admit, this is such a fun name to say. Seriously! Like the Babalu Club with Ricky Ricardo and Luceeeee! While this recipe is for a dish that hails from a land far away from Cuba, Miami and LA, it is the kind of vegetable-ish dish you could find on the table in … Continue reading CtBF – Baba Ganoush

CtBF -Smoky barbecue-style pork

Sometimes I'm not overly excited about "French" versions of iconically American recipes. Sometimes they are amazing, and others? Well, I live in the US, so why bother with a dish that is too often defined by the ingredients that are not available? (I've stowed plenty of chiles and mass in my suitcase to be fair). … Continue reading CtBF -Smoky barbecue-style pork

CtBF Paris Paris

There are a few pastries with the name Paris...something. This time, these are supposed to be eclair shaped choux pastries with hazelnut praline pastry cream. Oh, and a little chocolate glaze. This is really 4 different (relatively simple) recipes combined to create something more than the sum of their parts. So. Hazelnuts. They are not … Continue reading CtBF Paris Paris

CtBF – Hard-cooked eggs with chervil mayonnaise

I don't often make my own mayonnaise, but have done so in the past. David's recipe is a bit different since it uses a whole egg instead of the yolk. Otherwise pretty straightforward. No chervil to be found, so I used garlic chives that are coming up beautifully in the garden. Also I used my … Continue reading CtBF – Hard-cooked eggs with chervil mayonnaise

CtBF lamb shank tagine

This is another braise, so popular in the French cookbooks we have used. Taking a tough cut of meat, adding wonderful flavors, and cooking it a long time - which is great because there is so little active time, and it mostly takes care of itself. This time, lamb shanks. With a spice rub that … Continue reading CtBF lamb shank tagine

Chocolate and dried cherry fougasse

When we made a more traditional savory fougasse a few years ago, really enjoyed it. This version has been at the back of my mind since I opened the cookbook. I enjoy baking bread, so I thought it would be a fun challenge. Like David, I love dried cherries. Chocolate of course, is nice. I … Continue reading Chocolate and dried cherry fougasse

CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

Cassoulet. I've always thought of this as a quintessential French dish - much too difficult, time consuming and complicated to make. To be fair, it really does take quite a long time to make, though not necessarily in active time, just duration of effort. Broken into its parts, there isn't anything overly complicated. I've made hundreds if … Continue reading CtBF – White bean, sausage and duck confit casserole, aka Cassoulet

CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

For me, this is like going backwards, writing first about the last recipe in my duck trilogy completed over the past week. But to get duck fat, without buying it from the store, you have to cook some duck (confit). And then you must use said confit in something (like cassoulet). That has to be … Continue reading CtBF – Potatoes cooked in duck fat

CtBF – Potato, feta and basil tortilla

Not something I make often, but I did enjoy the versions I made with French Friday's. I wasn't sure about the basil. Well, and not the feta. I'll admit I did look back at the other recipe, you know, "just in case". Easy enough! Potatoes diced. Cooked to barely tender in some good olive oil, … Continue reading CtBF – Potato, feta and basil tortilla