Recipes from France

French Creamy Chicken Soup

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:20
French Creamy Chicken Soup

This is our most favourite homemade chicken soup! It’s so creamy and delicious; you will want to have seconds.  My husband loves it when I make this filling soup and I love it because I use a rotisserie chicken which makes it very easy to put together. I love having friends from different countries, this recipe is from my dear friend's French mother-in-law.

Banana Cream Pie

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 10/05/2016 - 12:21
French Banana Cream Pie

My family love banana pudding so when I came across this recipe, I knew they would love Banana Cream Pie too. A custard filling is related to the French crème patissière which is a key component of various French cakes and tarts.  However, this very simple and classic French dish doesn’t require custard filling so this particular recipe is very simple and basic, especially if you buy a ready-made pie-crust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tartiflette

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:10
French Tartiflette

This rich creamy potato dish is divine…it’s become a favorite of mine and is a definite winner in my books.  So, if you ever find yourself in a French restaurant I would highly suggest ordering this delicious tartiflette as a side.  But of course, you don’t have to wait for a trip to France to sample this delightful dish, just follow the simple recipe below and you’ll have yourself a classic French meal on your own table.

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French Strawberry Tart

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:27
French Strawberry Tart

It’s strawberry season right now and there’s no better time than this to make a delicious strawberry tart.  Whether you have them growing in your garden, get them from the local farmers market or just buy them from the grocery store, strawberries are beautiful and plump right now, so let’s put them to use.

Mac n' Cheese - French Style

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 05/06/2015 - 22:43
French Macaroni-Cheese

Yummy…who doesn’t like a dish of warm mac and cheese?  It’s so creamy and delicious and definitely a kid pleaser.  There are so many varieties of homemade mac and cheese nowadays but did you know the pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded in cookbooks as early as the 14th century? It’s a dish of English origin, consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and cheese, most commonly Cheddar cheese, though it can also incorporate other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, meat and vegetables.

Traditional French Chocolate Mousse

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/02/2015 - 18:41
French Chocolate Mousse

An easy French dessert…. There’s nothing like whipping up a mixture of Chocolate, sugar and cream to make a delicious chocolate mousse that the French are so famous for. You can find ‘Mousse au Choclat’ at just about every café in Paris, and it’s so perfect for kids too!

Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 03/07/2015 - 13:23
French Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

This dish is actually made from Red Wine Vinegar, and chicken cooked in vinegar is a popular poultry dish around Lyons, France. There are numerous variations, but the piercing flavor of vinegar makes this rustic Lyonnais dish to die for.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This serves 4 people

French Riviera Salad

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:00
French Riviera Salad

If you ever find yourself in the French Riviera, ordering a salad would look something like this. Olive oil is the key to Niçoise cuisine, there are no heavy salad dressings like you would find in Northern France. Salad niçoise is synonymous with a French Riviera summer; this classic French salad consists of boiled eggs, potatoes and tuna.

Chicken Pecan Salad

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/24/2015 - 08:28
Chicken Pecan Salad

This is one of my favorite salads and I’ve been making it for years.  I tried to see if any country in Europe makes a salad like this and the nearest one I could find was in France but they use almonds not pecans and different cheese.  However, my research on French salads actually opened up a new discovery about France and their salads and I’m so excited to try out more salads from this country, so be on the lookout!

French Quiche Lorraine

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:48
French Quiche Lorraine

Did you know the quiche actually originated in Germany? The word quiche means ‘cake’ deriving from the German word Küchen.  High German dialects are spoken in the Moselle regions of Germany and also in parts of Lorraine France. The Lorraine Franconian word ‘Küeche’ turned into the French word ‘quiche’ and today we have ‘Quiche Lorraine’ which is named for the Lorraine region of France – originating from the German word Küeche. 

French Potato Soup

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:24
French Potato Soup

Potage Parmentier

A French classic for cold winter days!

Bûche de Noël

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:54
French Yule Log

A French pastry chef created this clever Bûche de Noël in the 1800’s to pay culinary homage to the original yule log tradition that actually started in Norway.  The traditional Yule Log kept those cold, dark winters bright and warm in homes throughout Norway and was a big part of the winter solstice celebrations for centuries. 

Chicken Crème Fraîche

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:52
Chicken Crème Fraîche

Simply French!

This recipe is very simple and very French.  Crème Fraîche means “Fresh Cream” and boy do I have memories growing up of fresh cream. 

French Crêpes

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 09/06/2014 - 10:02
French Crêpes

This French delicacy is often associated with Brittany, but is very popular all over France and much of Europe.

Ratatouille

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:54
Ratatouille

This recipe is perfect for this time of year because of all the fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. The thing about Ratatouille is it’s a great dish to play around with, adding all types of vegetables from your garden and having a wonderful summer feast.  You can have it as a side to rice or pasta or just by itself with a poached or fried egg on top.

French Brioches

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:56
French Brioches

If you lived in France there would be no reason to make these delicious bubbletop brioches because you can find them at every boulangerie and even in the supermarkets.  If you miss that sweet, buttery flavor then try making these rolls, all you need is a little patience, time and a lot of energy if you don’t have a mixer.  Make sure you read ahead before you start, it’s a two day process, you cannot rush the rising, so it’s very important for the overnight rest. Jut plan ahead and it’ll be an easy task.

French Onion Soup

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 07/19/2014 - 10:17
French Onion Soup

In the 19th century Les Halles (pronounced 'lay al') was the central market place of Paris and was known as the ‘Belly of Paris’. Merchants came from all over to sell their goods and would set up their market stall in the cold early hours of the morning. To keep themselves warm they would bring soup with them, usually cheap peasant dishes, like onion and beef broth.

French Chocolate Framboise

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 07/12/2014 - 18:31
Chocolate Framboise

Raspberries and chocolate are a wicked duo, how irresistible and delicious.  This flourless dark chocolate rich cake has a dreamy texture to it, almost like a creamy mousse. What a wonderful way to end a meal – you know you’ll love it!

 

I enjoy watching ‘French Food at Home’ and I just couldn’t resist making this – I’m so glad I did.

Double Chocolate French Silk Pie

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 06/14/2014 - 09:42
French Chocolate Silk Pie

There are so many different methods of making French Chocolate Silk Pie, but this one is my favorite for two reasons, one you cook the eggs a little so you don’t feel like you‘re eating raw eggs, and two it is so deliciously light and fluffy you know that everyone is going to devour it. I also like the fact that it has a chocolate base, this one is an Oreo chocolate base. You can experiment a little and even make a chocolate shortbread base or even a chocolate sweet pastry base. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cauliflower Bacon Gratin

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 06/11/2014 - 06:38
Cauliflower Bacon Gratin

This dish is a lot like the one I grew up with except without the bacon. It’s so delicious it can even be served as a main dish, for brunch or lunch. It’s a great side for a roast and can be varied a little with spices, ham instead of bacon or even added sautéed onions. I got this recipe from my favorite French Cook, Dorie Greenspan. This recipe is all over the internet, so it’s very popular, and so it should be. 

Cheese and Chive Bread

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 06/08/2014 - 15:00
French Cheese and Chive Bread

 

My weakness in Europe were the bakeries and all the different varieties of breads and sweet rolls you could buy. Crusty bread, croissants, baguettes, pastries, fruit bread, cheese bread, I just love bread which isn’t necessarily good for my waistline, but it’s delicious. This bread is called a cake in France, cake salé, salé meaning savory and it's a great appetizer with drinks or toasted with butter when it's a day or two old.

 

Sugar-Crusted French Toast

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 05/31/2014 - 10:57
French Toast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French toast is a dessert in France, never a breakfast and originated from using up stale bread.  While the cut is thick in France, you can get away with using sliced bread; just don’t soak it as long.

French Gougeres

Suzy Rhodes Sat, 04/12/2014 - 01:35
French Gougeres

You can find Gougeres everywhere in France but their home is Burgundy, where they are the first thing you get when you sit down in any restaurant and is commonly served with the local aperitif, Kir (black current liqueur and white wine).

Croissant French Toast

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 04/02/2014 - 07:28
Croissant French Toast

A Delicious Breakfast!

The French love their croissants; it doesn’t even go to waste when they are a few days old and getting stale. Stale croissants are perfect to soak in egg and cream to make delicious Croissant French Toast.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 03/25/2014 - 23:18
Chicken Cordon Bleu

The translation for Cordon Bleu is Blue Ribbon, which was originally an award for women cooks for their culinary excellence. Today Cordon Bleu Schools have both men and women chefs in many countries. Chicken Cordon Bleu sounds like it would be a very hard dish to make but it is actually very easy and tastes delicious. I have been making this for years and my family love it! Bon appetit!

Crème brûlée

Suzy Rhodes Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:05
Creme_Brulee

This famous Parisian custard - Crème brûlée, is an egg custard that has been around since the middle ages. However, the first recorded recipe appears in Francois Massialots's 1691 French cookbook. Cambridge University has been serving this since 1879 and is known as 'Cambridge Burnt Cream' or 'Trinity Cream'.

Potato Gratin

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:13
Potato Gratin

Potato Gratin or Pommes Dauphinois is a popular potato dish in France especially on cold winter days. This dish is served a lot in the French Alps at ski resorts, I mean, who doesn't like a warm dish of cheese and potatoes after skiing all day? This recipe was given to me from a close friend of mine, who I've known for almost 20 years and her mother-in-law is French, how lucky am I? Guess where I get a lot of my French recipes from?

French Chocolate Mousse

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 09/05/2013 - 17:28
French Chocolate Mousse

This is a very popular French dessert and I just can't get enough of it. We had some friends over for dinner and I served this chocolate mousse for dessert. They were already full and just wanted a little sample but after they tasted their sample they went for the whole serving. Yes, it is that delicious, light and fluffy. It's by far my favorite chocolate mousse.