FFwD – Storzapretis

Dorie tells us this is a Corsican specialty made with local goat cheese called brocciu. If that’s not available whole milk ricotta can be substituted. I couldn’t find brocciu or the Italian ricotta that several Doristas were recommending so had to use grocery store ricotta. Dorie suggests draining the ricotta for a few hours. Mine […]

FFwD – No Duck, No Kumquats – Roasted Pork Loin with Cherry Sauce

This week’s recipe from Around My French Table called for duck breasts and kumquats. I found whole duck but I couldn’t find duck breasts. Kumquats were easy to find until about 2 weeks ago. I remember Cher saying she used frozen cherries so I decided to follow her lead! And its a delicious idea. I rubbed […]

Baking Chez Moi – Palets de Dames, Lille Style

Dorie’s done it again! Dorie Greenspan’s newest cookbook is a perfect companion to Around My French Table, the book French Fridays with Dorie has been cooking through for the past four years. We will finish that project in May 2015 and our next Dorie project will be baking along with the Tuesdays with Dorie crew. […]

FFwD – I Give UP On Jerusalem Artichokes Soup with Parsley Coulis

I was pretty pleased with myself when I ran across a Red Kuri Squash but Jerusalem Artichokes continue to elude me. Then I read an article in the February 2013 edition of Bon Appétite renaming the Jerusalem Artichoke the “fartichocke”. That’s when I decided to stop searching! Maybe I don’t need to experience this vegetable for myself and […]

FFwD – Not Osso Bucco á L’Arman

I went way off course for this week’s recipe and it was delicious! I am conflicted about veal. I enjoy the taste. I understand there are lots of calves as a result of dairy farming and veal production is a way to use more male calves. Still, we all know the story of veal and […]

FFwD – Happy Belated Birthday Dorie and Baking Chez Moi

Birthdays are important! Its the one day of the year, recognized by all that we and our loved ones celebrate us. Even strangers will wish you well upon learning its your day. YOUR special day! I like that. For Dorie Greenspan’s special day the Dorista’s planned a celebration of all things Dorie  by selecting from a […]

FFwD – Monkfish with Double Carrots

I’m sorry to be so late with my post. I don’t know what has happened that I can’t get my blogging done. I do the cooking but the posting isn’t happening. I’m trying to get better but I never make the commitment that makes it happen! Errrr! Very frustrated with myself! Moving on. We loved […]

FFwD – Vanilla Vegetable Salad + FF Cheat

This week’s French Friday recipe has shaved carrots and squash with salad greens and a vanilla flavored dressing. It sounds intriguing but didn’t excite us in actuality. Dorie tells a wonderful story of having this salad at a romantic little wine bar in Paris. Maybe if I’d had it in the same setting it would […]

FFwD – Lentils

I did not grow up eating lentils. We ate many types of legumes in my family but not lentils. As a young woman I had two co-workers that were German war brides, that’s how they described themselves. They brought home cooked food for their lunch most days and they took pity on me for being […]

FFwD – Chicken Curry with Peppers and Peas or Carrots

    Dragon Con 2014 is over! It was fun. It was weird. It was interesting. Already planning and thinking about 2015. A neighbor asked if we are ‘really into Science Fiction stuff?’ and we have to admit we are not. We ARE into fun and different experiences. Both are in abundance at Dragon Con! […]