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How to Decorate and Give Your Home a Festive Touch This Christmas December 03 2014, 0 Comments

If you love Christmas time and the winter season as much as most people, you probably also enjoy decorating the inside of your house and having many Christmas parties. If you are out of ideas or you just want a few new ones to decorate your house this Christmas, be sure to keep reading below for some of the best and most festive holiday decorations of the year.

Centerpieces
Centerpieces are known for being the focal point of the table. But, if you want to do something a little different this year and you are tired of the same old stuff, why not try a candy centerpiece? It’s not as gaudy as one would think and can actually be quite tasteful and classy. One idea is to take a clear, tall, wide glass and fill it with different layers of mints. One example would be white table mints, then a layer of red and white mints, then white, red and white and so on and so forth. You can also add sweets to white ceramic candy trays, green and red goblets and clear glasses. Some ideas are rock candy sticks, ribbon candy of all colors, colorful chocolate and mint dinner mints and of course, calissons

Above Table Chandelier
If you thought the only thing you would be decorating this year was your tree, think again. Chandeliers are a great option to decorate, because besides the centerpiece, they are an idea focal point for any table. Dumb down the colors and use light icy blues, silver and white ribbons alongside shimmery decorations like stars, snowflakes or homemade Christmas tree balls for an amazingly simple yet classy look that everyone will compliment. If you have a chandelier that is pretty high from the table you can even string a few ornaments and items down from the chandelier so they hang down.

Windowsills
A lot of people have beautiful windows in their homes but they always get frustrated over what to put on the windowsills. Sure, you can do the traditional candles in each window, but if you want to start new traditions or try something different than usual, why not use what you already have to decorate the windowsill? One idea is to use tall clear jars of different heights and fill them up with different left over Christmas tree balls. The different heights and colors makes for an interesting and high impact display. If you really want to make an impact, be sure to use different sized Christmas balls too - from regular sized to mini.

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.


5 French Style Thanksgiving Recipes November 20 2014, 0 Comments

While Thanksgiving is traditionally an American holiday, the French celebrate it with some special dishes. In fact, part of the reason we eat the food we do eat for Thanksgiving is partially because of the French. If like most people, you love food, you love your family, and you love Thanksgiving, you will definitely want to check out some of the French inspired recipes below for your next holiday meal, starting with appetizers and ending on a good note with dessert. Bon appétit!

Cheese Fondue: A very traditional French appetizer and yet completely delicious. You can use whatever cheese you want, just make sure it melts nicely and add different things like crusty French bread, veggies, meat, etc.

Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Gruyère Croutons: This is a great dish to make on any wintry day, but even better on Thanksgiving since its sort of the theme this holiday. It includes a creamy pumpkin, onion, and white wine base with rustic bread topped with sage and cheese!

Braised Fingerling Potatoes with Fennel, Olives, and Thyme: Anything braised in my book is going to be delicious because it’s essentially the "slow" way of cooking, which means lots of delicious flavors! Make sure to use a nice big steel pot or pan for this dish and serve accordingly.

Sage-Brined Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing: A new tradition with old world style taste, this has a few familiar ingredients you probably use as well as some new ones like bacon, oysters, and hazelnuts!

French Pumpkin Pie: Much different than traditional pumpkin pie, this one uses a puff pastry, and almost looks like a pumpkin pie in brioche. Very flavorful and yet mild enough for two pieces - pecans, brown sugar, butter and squash or pumpkin with apples!

 

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.


Making Use of Candy Calculator to Plan Wedding Reception Buffets October 23 2014, 0 Comments

Planning a wedding can be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do. Even if you don’t plan on having a huge one with a lot of fancy items and expensive entertainment, there are still basic concerns that can seem overwhelming, like how much food you need to order.

While you might be able to get a handle on entrees and appetizers, since you’ll have a head count, food items that are harder to quantify or choose a set amount per person, like candy, can be somewhat difficult. That’s where using a candy calculator comes into play.

If you don’t use a candy calculator, that sweet treat you’re planning at the end of the meal or at the end of the night could become a bitter disappointment for people who don’t get any.

How Does a Candy Calculator Work?

The first thing you need to consider when buying candy for a wedding is that you will need to have your container already chosen. Even if you’re using smaller containers that you’ll put on the tables, you need to know how much they will hold before you begin.

Once you have your containers chosen, you can begin to pick your candy. When you use the candy calculator, you’ll be able to determine the right amount of candy to properly fill up any container so you don’t have to keep refilling it all night.

Using a candy calculator can also help you find the right amount of candy to buy for individual servings. For example, if you’ll be offering each guest candy in a ramekin on their plate, you’ll be able to determine the volume of the ramekin and buy that much candy for each person.

That means no shortage of candy for guests and less overall food waste.

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 Delectable French Candies Everyone Will Love October 06 2014, 0 Comments

French candies are among the finest candies in the world and if you’ve ever traveled to any part of France or simply had the imported versions that arrive stateside you know why. However, if you’re not quite sure what French candy to buy, either for yourself or as a gift, you’re not alone.

Check out the top 8 most delectable French candies that everybody will love. Stock up now and you’ll always have some on hand.

1. Licorice Drops

 

Perhaps the best known French candy, licorice drops have been sold in pharmacies and small stores all over the country since the 1800s. They’re delectable and easy to enjoy, even for picky kids.

2. Anise Candy


Made from anise, these candies have a similar flavor to licorice drops but with a bit more spice and a little less sugar. They also have a more herbaceous flavor that you will find rich and exciting.

3. Calissons


Prepared with ground mixed almonds, orange rind and melon; these pastry-like candies are something you’ll only find in a bakery. However, they are well worth the effort and making them at home is relatively easy too.

4. Dragées


Sometimes known in the US as Jordan almonds, these delicious candies are sugar-coated almonds that kids and adults love.

5. Berlingots


A hard candy that comes in flavors like tea and bamboo, these are strictly for the adults with more developed tastes.

6. Lavender Candy


A hard candy made from lavender essential oil, this is another candy that adults will like more than kids.

7. Haribo Candy


The delicious gummy bear that many already know is actually a French specialty.

8. Malabar Gum


The French version of Bazooka bubble gum, Malabar gum is a simple treat kids love.

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