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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.


How to Make 'Unstuffed' Veggies September 15 2014, 0 Comments

Cook books and cooking shows that promise a great meal in a short amount of time have become very popular in recent years.  Have you ever noticed how many pots and pans they use?  Good grief! 

I like getting a great meal on the table quickly, but I don't want to spend two hours cleaning up the mess. When my kids were young I developed a collection of recipes that could be assembled in under 30 minutes using only one pot.

Often, I would prep the meal early in the morning (or night before) and then simply put it in the oven or on the stove to complete the cooking.  Here is one of those recipes.  While I hope you enjoy the meal I KNOW you will enjoy the clean-up!

Happy cooking!

Recipe:

MEAT MIXTURE:

2 lbs. ground beef
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup bulgur or rice
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

 

SAUCE:

I cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

 

VEGGIES:

2 lbs. assorted baby squash or vegetables of your choice.  Squash, eggplant, bell peppers and tomatoes work well in this dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine meat mixture ingredients, shape into patties of desired size and place in large casserole dish.  Trim vegetables and scatter around meat patties. Combine sauce ingredients and pour over top.  Cover and bake for 11/4 hours or until cooked through and vegetables are tender.  If desired, serve with plain yogurt and a loaf of crusty bread.  Can be made a day ahead.  Serves around 6.

 

 

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