ffwd – potato gratin

One of the things I'm learning on this journey of cooking with French Fridays with Dorie, is to appreciate the subtle flavors, and the highlighting of one or two ingredients in her recipes. For a person who loves the recipes of Bobby, Emeril and K-Paul (and don't forget, living in the Southwest!), this is a … Continue reading ffwd – potato gratin

Thinking of Thanksgiving

This is the hands-down favorite holiday in our family. Still adore Christmas, Easter is lovely, and Independence Day has its charms. But Thanksgiving has become our holiday. Of course, part of it is we all love to cook.  Plus, it's all about happiness and thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives...For many years, I've been … Continue reading Thinking of Thanksgiving

ffwd – caramel-topped semolina cake

This was (again), one of the things I first thought of making from around my french table by Dorie Greenspan. And another that I voted for to make in November. I have a mixed reaction to it... and you'll see why soon enough. This is really like a country-cousin to a flan. The flavors are … Continue reading ffwd – caramel-topped semolina cake

ffwd – pumpkin-gorgonzola flans

I really hesitated when it was time to make this recipe. It was actually one that I chose for a November recipe. They looked so beautiful in the book... well, and why wouldn't they be good? But I had a nagging feeling that they just wouldn't work. After all, I'm the original person who puts … Continue reading ffwd – pumpkin-gorgonzola flans

ffwd – roast chicken for les paresseux (for lazy people)

What better recipe to choose (yes, we're chosing the order in which we cook our recipes this month - not helpful for me, who really enjoyed the structure. I make decisions all day - I enjoyed being directed a little!!), for a short week on our cooking journey. We didn't get our recipe choices until Monday... … Continue reading ffwd – roast chicken for les paresseux (for lazy people)

ffwd – marie-helene’s apple cake

I've made this cake twice now. The first time, to finish off our dinner of hachis parmentier last week. That time, I served it with some dulce de leche ice cream (would have loved cinnamon, as suggested); the second time, all on it's own. Both times we very much enjoyed the cake. With apples, I … Continue reading ffwd – marie-helene’s apple cake

FFWD – hachis parmentier (a French Shepherd’s Pie)

This seemed like such a warm and comforting food - and it was!! I decided to invite some friends over who are interested in my little project, and make this for them, as well as a number of other recipes: really, a retrospective of our October recipes. We began with gougeres, served with a French … Continue reading FFWD – hachis parmentier (a French Shepherd’s Pie)