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Mouth watering buttered shelled peas

Gourmet Sauteed Sugar Peas

One of the best way to prepare sugar peas when they are in season and abundant is to add as little as possible to retain their delicate flavor. In Asia, peas are used whole and quickly pan-fried to preserve the color and crispyness. In France, we first shell the peas and also remove the inner skin from the pods. This […]

Vegan herb cheese

Quick and Easy Herb Vegan Cheese

I am taking advantage of being in the South of France visiting my parents to try out some new French inspired dishes. While I do not miss any of the cow cheese I used to enjoy when I was a carnivore, goat cheese, on the other hand, was more delicate, naturally low fat and milder […]

French Mushroom Tart

Wild Mushroom Tart

One of the great advantage of living in the Northwest is the availability of wild mushrooms almost all year around! I had some friends over and wanted to feature them in a classy way. So I adapted an old classic French recipe tart made with mostly caramelized onions and incorporated the mushrooms. The result was […]

Grilled vegetable paninis

Yummy Grilled Vegetable Paninis

Most countries have a version of a grilled sandwich. France calls it Croque-monsieur, Americans call it grilled sandwich, Italians, grilled paninis, you get the idea. My mom makes the best grilled sandwich Italian style so I decided to create a vegan version. To get the full effect, you will need sliced vegan meat (Tofurkey smoke […]

Fresh salad spread

Fresh Salad Spread

I was trying to find a translation for this salad and couldn’t come up with one that conveyed the meaning of assiète de crudités. A plate of raw vegetables sounds somehow boring and uneventful while the French equivalent is a standard in French restaurants, showcasing the freshness of local produce for customers wanting a light dish with lots of flavor […]

Gluten-free crepes

Best Gluten-Free French Crepes

  I am not allergic to wheat (although with maturing, I can’t eat as much bread as I used to when I grew up in Europe!) but several of my friends and many of my students are, so I wanted to experiment with different recipes, types of flours and starch and see if I could […]

vegan french crepes

Vegan French Crepes

I woke up this morning, it was a gorgeous day. Not too hot, just enough air to keep it cool and enjoy a nice breakfast on the deck. I was given a great crepe pan as a gift the day before so what better treat than a lovely sweet French crepe for breakfast. French crepes […]

Creamy Mushroom Fettucini

Wild Mushroom Fettucini with Wilted Spinach Salad

Ok, so I may have spoken too fast. Summer hasn’t arrived yet. It looks like the seasons have shifted a whole month forward. April showers are now May showers and the temperatures aren’t exactly summer like these days. Apparently with the various large earthquakes and tsunamis, the earth’s axis has shifted more than one degree. […]

SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE UPDATED

Please note the new dates. I clicked the publish button prematurely on the previous post! JUNIOR CHEF ACADEMY – June 6th, 13th, 20th, 5-7:30pm, Firstenburg, Vancouver, WA MOROCCAN NIGHT – July 6th, 6-8:30pm, Clark College, Vancouver, WA FRENCH CUISINE – July 7th, 6-8:30pm, St John Community Center, Portland HEART HEALTHY COMFORT FOODS – July 11th, 5-6:30pm, Firstenburg C.C., Vancouver […]

black olive tapenade

OLIVE TAPENADE

Pronounced “tah-puh-nod”, this olive spread, is usually served as an appetizer on toasted sliced French baguette, crackers or fresh cut vegetables. It originates from the South of France. It is an olive spread, a form of caviar that captures the rich and natural essences of Provence, through the olives, the capers and the olive oil. […]

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