CtBF – My Newest Gougères

This is an exciting Friday for all "Doristas", as we are starting another chapter in our effort to cook and learn with our oftentimes muse, Dorie Greenspan. Her latest cookbook Everyday Dorie, may be one of her best, certainly incredibly accessible, and if the reactions I've seen are typical, this will be not only a … Continue reading CtBF – My Newest Gougères

Mardi’s no-knead french loaf

My blogging friend Mardi Michels recently published a cookbook! in the french kitchen with kids. Its filled with a wide range of recipes that look amazing. And I'm sure they are, since Mardi is both an accomplished cook, and we've been reading about her cooking classes with kids and have seen the results. Growing up, … Continue reading Mardi’s no-knead french loaf

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