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 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

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 – chicken lady chicken

This chicken, as David describes it, is supposed to be the best of all chickens when purchased from “the chicken lady” in Paris. I can see that. I first started buying rotisserie chickens in Australia because it was so much more practical to do that than heat up the apartment – and they were delicious!… Continue reading CtBF – chicken lady chicken

CtBF – Belgian beef stew with beer and spice bread

This is a tale of two recipes. The first recipe is for pain d’epices, which is a honey-spice quick bread. And that is then sliced and slathered with mustard – and is put on top of the beef stew stew to thicken it. But I digress, the first step is really to make the bread.… Continue reading CtBF – Belgian beef stew with beer and spice bread

CtBF|Steak with mustard butter and French fries

Oh my goodness! This was a perfect selection for this past week. Of course it was Valentine’s Day, and it was also my mom’s 85th birthday. So a little festive dinner party was in order. I loved reading the description – I was in total agreement. Rib-eye. Check. Thinner cut so that a nice crust… Continue reading CtBF|Steak with mustard butter and French fries