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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.


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.


Savory French Recipes That Are Perfect for the Winter November 18 2014, 0 Comments

While most people have a hard time dealing with winter - the cold weather, the bulky jackets and the snow, there are some people that actually don’t mind it because of the yummy dishes you get to eat. If you really want to enjoy this winter and the holiday season, be sure to check out some of the delicious French dishes below for some great ideas on what to make for your next dinner party.

Bouillabaisse
One of the more traditional French cuisine dishes known, the Bouillabaisse is a yummy soup filled with fresh fish such as Hake or Monkfish - which is known as Poor man’s lobster (any white fish will do), as well as shellfish like sea urchins or mussels and potatoes, tomatoes and fennel. It’s a very "simple" soup so to speak, but because of the delicious addition of fresh fish and shellfish alongside garlic, saffron and cayenne pepper, it’s alive with flavor and a really good dish to make on a cold day.

Fondues
There are many kinds of fondue. Almost everyone knows what fondue is and usually think first of the chocolate fondue with strawberries, marshmallows and pineapples. For a more traditional fondue, you might try the cheese fondue made of three cheeses, Gruyere, Beaufort and Comte (if you only can find two of them, it will work too) and white wine, slowly melted in a clay pot that as been flavored with shallots or garlic. Diced French bread is then dipped in the melted cheese and enjoyed. The third kind is the meat fondue; dices of meat or vegetables dipped in boiling oil. These are really great "sharing" dishes that makes it ideal for small and large parties or get togethers. You can also find mini fondue pots so that everyone can have their own fondue and choose what they want.

Coq au vin
Another amazingly traditional French dish, Coq au vin is not as hoity toity as it sounds and it’s quite delicious. Coq au vin is chicken that has been braised with red wine, mushrooms, lardons and usually garlic - though it is optional. You also add a bouquet garni to this dish which is what flavors the foundation of the dish and it includes the usually suspects such as salt and pepper, bay leaf, parsley and thyme.

Choucroute garnie
This is more or less a charcuterie dish that includes sauerkraut, fresh cut meats like pates, sausages and confit. Though sauerkraut is traditionally a German ingredient, in this case, it’s all French especially with the addition of the charcuterie. Ultimately you can add whatever meats, sausages and charcuterie that you want, just make sure everything is fresh. Visit your local butcher or grocery store chain to see if they offer any fine meats. You can also mix this up a little bit and add a variety of other ingredients such as juniper berries - capers, boiled potatoes, and cheeses.

Quiche Lorraine
Surprisingly, a lot of people think this is an Americanized dish; however quiches of all sorts are popular in French cuisine, even the Lorraine version. This is a delicious dish that is essentially a savory pie. It’s incredibly flavorful, and easy to make. It can feed a whole family pretty inexpensively. Quiche Lorraine includes really simple ingredients such as Swiss cheese, bacon, onions, and eggs. One of the main reasons this is such a flavorful dish is because of the foundation of the dish which includes sautéing Vidalia or white onions, salt and pepper in one pan and crisping up the bacon in another and then taking some of the grease from the bacon and adding it to the pan with the sautéing onions.

Tapenade
Another dish that is often mistaken as an Italian origin, Tapenade is made with really fresh ingredients like finely chopped capers, green and black olives, anchovies and olive oil. It’s incredibly good on crackers, but you can also serve it with crusty bread, inside or on freshly grilled chicken or fish or eat it with crudités. Some people even use it as a condiment like ketchup or mayonnaise on things like sandwiches and burgers.

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.


Sweet Snacks: How to Make French Macaroons July 23 2014, 0 Comments

One of the best French confections is the French macaroons, but they are also among the most difficult to successfully make. If the ingredients are not whipped long enough, the result will be a rough. Over mix and they will be flat.

As with many of the other delicious and impressive French confections, it’s about finding the right recipe and following it closely. Once you have successfully made them a couple of times you can start to add your own personal touches.

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.


Mother's Day: Choosing Delectable Confections for Your Mom May 07 2014, 0 Comments

As cake pops are all the rage these days, you won't have trouble finding them in candy stores and bakeries. You can gift a few cake pops in a box or look for cake pop bouquets. They have a wide variety of flavors you can choose from and I am sure you’ll be able to come across festive “Mother’s Day” designs.....

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 Confectioners' Sugar at Home: An Easy Recipe April 23 2014, 0 Comments

Icing sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar, is a very handy ingredient to have in your kitchen. Most of us are comfortable picking up a bag of confectioner’s sugar from the supermarket. However, there are times when we run out of this important baking ingredient and are at a loss what to do. It is really annoying not to have all ingredients while baking. Making confectioner’s sugar is very easy and it can be done at home as well....

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.


How to Plan a Baby Shower Candy Buffet to Impress Your Guests April 14 2014, 0 Comments

Welcoming a new addition to the family means also planning out the perfect baby shower, which also means having party favors for your party guests that are both cute and match the theme of the shower. If you're thinking of having a "candy buffet," which is very popular right now, here are some things that will inspire you and can help you properly plan out a memorable......

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