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Celebrating Thanksgiving with French Canadian Recipes November 24 2014, 0 Comments

The first Thanksgiving as we know it today, was celebrated in 1578 on the Canadian Shores. It was really a celebration of coming together and being thankful for a plentiful harvest and while these ideals have all but changed today, the celebration and the holiday itself still holds true to what most people know about Thanksgiving: Being thankful for family, a good life, your health, and the bountiful food placed on the table. If you want to celebrate a French Canadian Thanksgiving this year, you should check out some of the traditional and more modernized recipes below thanks to our French Canadian friends.

French-Canadian Pea Soup (Soupe aux pois): Soup in general is one of the best comfort foods for the winter months, but this one is very popular with French Canadian Thanksgiving Day feasts and includes onion, celery and carrots as the base alongside fresh yellow peas, salt pork (ham), and just a touch of savory spice.

Mashed Pumpkin Potatoes: This is a really delicious dish that is hardy and flavorful and it includes cooked pumpkins as well as potatoes. Be sure to add in some cooked bacon, butter for extra flavor, and heavy cream or half and half for a creamy yummy texture. This is a dish that goes with most any main course.

Cinnamon-Cranberry Pork Tenderloin: Ground cinnamon and maple syrup are used as a wet dry rub for the tenderloin, which is topped with fresh cranberries, maple syrup and lemon glaze!

Canadian Butterscotch pie: A very traditional dessert to serve and prettyeasy to make, this pie includes brown sugar, flour, eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. You can also add your own flair to this pie by placing scores in the crust, adding butterscotch chips to the bottom of the pan or serving with ice-cream.

 

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


10 Mouthwatering Candies That You Can Make At Home September 29 2014, 0 Comments

Candy is something that you can buy pretty much anywhere these days, but making your own can still be a lot of fun. You can also make unique candies with interesting ingredients that you just can’t buy – at least not without spending tons of cash at a gourmet market or candy shop.

Use this list of 10 mouthwatering candies you can make at home to help you pick the perfect recipe:


1. Brigaderios. Basically balls of fudge that are so decadent you’ll want to eat more than one, Brigaderios are a Brazilian candy perfect for ending a gourmet meal in style.

2. Peppermint caramels. Made with a basic recipe and then topped with peppermint flakes, this unique candy is ideal for holiday gifts.

3. White chocolate and mint truffles. Decadently rich and extremely satisfying, white chocolate and mint truffles are easier to make than you think, even if they look pretty fancy.

4. Candied pecans. Something so simple shouldn't be so good but you’ll have a hard time keeping these around the house for long.

5. Caramel corn. Add chocolate chips for a twist on this classic treat.

6. Black licorice. With just a few ingredients you can make your own black licorice that will rival store brands.

7. Glazed nuts. Sour cream and mixed nuts baked together – what could be simpler?

8. Chocolate covered cherry cordials. A classic sweet treat, you can get everything you need to make your own from a local candy supply or over the web.

9. Dark chocolate matzo brittle. Made with simple ingredients like matzo crackers, dark chocolate and almonds, this unique treat is fast and simple, yet perfect for holiday parties.

10. Plain chocolate truffles. Made with just chocolate and eggs, these are so simple yet so satisfying they’ll become a staple.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


8 Food Hacks That Will Make You a Kitchen Pro September 04 2014, 0 Comments

When you are juggling home and work, it can be tough to spend hours in the kitchen preparing ingredients and cooking up a healthy and balanced meal for your family.

On the other hand if you know certain tricks,you can make the prepping and cooking a lot faster and easier. So, here are 8 food hacks that will help you immensely and make you feel like a true kitchen pro:

1. Removing Strawberry Stems
Rather than struggling to remove strawberry stems and spending hours trying to do it, make use of a plastic straw. Push the straw into the strawberry at the pointed end and take it out from the stem end. This will help to remove the stem and make the task less tedious and messy.

2. Baking Cookies for Kids
During the weekend, most parents try to spend time with their kids and baking is popular activity that all members of the family can enjoy. But picture the look on your kid’s face after telling them you won’t be able to bake cookies because you have run out of eggs. Those sad faces will kill you! If you have bananas at home, substitute half of banana for each egg and you will be able to make delicious cookies for your kids and other family members.

3. Cutting Soft Solids
Cutting soft solids, such as cakes and cheeses can turn into a mess very quickly if you are not careful. Make sure you always keep a supply of unscented dental floss in your kitchen. Use the floss to cut these soft solids perfectly and also avoid making a mess.

4. Making Chocolate Bowls
Making chocolate bowls for your kids and filling it up with a helping of ice cream and cut fresh fruit is an innovative way to get your kids to eat fruits. However, making these bowls at home can be tough and difficult. Or is it?

Use medium-sized inflated balloons; dip them in the melted chocolate and put them on a greased tray to dry. Once the chocolate dries, you can remove the balloons and voila! You have a chocolate bowl that you can fill with fun goodies and serve your kids. They will love it!

5. Slicing Bread
When you slice bread, you can squish it if you’re not careful. You can avoid doing this by keeping the bottom side up and then using a bread knife to slice it. It cuts through the bread without squishing or making a big mess.

6. Grilling Fish
Sunday barbecues are great way to spend meaningful time with your kids and loved ones. And, most times, you prefer marinating poultry and meats as it is easier to get them to turn into flavorful delights. However, have you tried grilling fish? Most people avoid grilling fish, as it tends to get stuck to the grill and falls apart.

Nonetheless, fish is a healthy choice for kids, as it contains Omega-6 fatty acids that are good for the brain. To grill your fish without having it stick to the grill or falling apart, just place lemon slices on the grill and place the fish on the slices. Not only will you be able to grill fish to perfection, the lemon will give it a lovely flavor that you and your kids will love.

7. Get Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Whether you love your egg salad or you want to munch on boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper, the key is getting perfectly boiled eggs.

Most people don’t know this food hack, which can help them boil eggs to perfection. Use a thumbtack to make a hole on the broad end of the egg. Remove the tack and boil the egg as usual. The end result will be great – the perfectly boiled egg that you can transform into a culinary delight!

8. Making Undiluted Ice Coffee
There is nothing like sipping a glass of refreshing and rejuvenating iced coffee on a hot summer’s day. You can sit in your garden with your favorite book and enjoy your caffeine fix or sunbathe on the patio while enjoying a glass of iced coffee.

The problem with iced coffee is it gets watered down as the ice melts, ruining the taste. To prevent this from happening, pour your coffee into an ice tray and put it in the freezer to set. Use the coffee ice cubes to make your ice coffee. This will prevent the coffee from getting watered down.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States 800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com
by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States
800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com