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Canapes au Camembert (Camembert Tartlet Shells) Recipe

Canapés au camembert are the perfect palate teasers. They have a flaky, buttery shell and are covered with a camembert sauce mornay, which is béchamel and some cheese. The key to a good homogenous spread is a ripe, gooey, aged cheese. The addition of mustard and a hint of red chili pepper make it slightly piquant.

You can serve them as appetizers, as a first course accompanied with a salad or bake in a large tart pan and serve it as a main course for a light lunch.

Making this dish took me back to my time in Paris just before I got married. I was working non-stop, and after work, my boss would often take me for dinner to a brasserie. We would always get some amuse-gueules to start our meal. Amuse, in French, means entertainment in a playful, casual way, and gueule is slang for mouth. Those wonderful appetizers were a perfect way to whet the appetite before a nice meaty main course. Amuse-bouches, like the canapés au camembert I made today, are just a more sophisticated name for the fare I had so often in those brasseries.


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Roasted Pheasant Stuffed with Sage and Granny Smith Apples Recipe

I'm still on the quest for the perfect 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called "Julie and Julia".

Pheasant is a French delicacy. My family would cook pheasant around the holidays. I looked through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in search of a good pheasant dish to make, and the only recipe I found was a stew called "faisan en escabèche" (pheasant jellied in lemon). I think it tastes better when it's roasted, so I made this dish.

I stuffed the game bird with sage, bread to absorb all the fat (and flavors) of the bird, and some Granny Smith apples for their sweet and acidic taste. Yogurt is used as a meat tenderizer. In France, I would always use two Petits suisses instead. What's a Petit suisse? Le Petit suisse is like yogurt, but better; it has a richer consistency than regular yogurt and is sold in half the size (4 ounces) of the standard American yogurt because of its high fat content . It's made from milk, sweet cream and a starter. And it's oh, so good.


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Pissaladiere Nicoise Vegetarienne (Vegetarian Mediterranean-Style Onion Tarts) Recipe

In France, you can't start a proper meal without an appetizer. This recipe marks the start to my 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called "Julie and Julia".  I thought about making mini quiches, but I decided against it because of the vegetarians in the house who find them a bit eggy. I settled on making Pissaladière niçoise.

Pissala what, you say? Pissaladière niçoise is named after the city of Nice, located on the Mediterranean coast in southern France. The dish is composed of all the typical ingredients from the region such as black olives, onions, garlic and a bouquet garni (see tips). You can either use pizza dough or pastry dough. The only change I made is that I substituted nori for the anchovies. I know it's not traditional but none of the vegetarians in our house like anchovies. If you don't have a problem with them by all means, use them instead. They add additional flavor and complexity.


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Vichy Carrots (Carottes Vichy) Recipe

Vichy Carrots (Carottes Vichy)

08.03.09 by Jackie

Carottes Vichy is named after the town of Vichy, located on the banks of the Allier River in the northern part of the Auvergne region in France. Vichy is famous for its numerous spas and its carbonated water, which is used in this dish to soften the carrots.

This recipe is ultra easy. All you need are some carrots, some Vichy water and some butter.

Veni, Vidi, Vichy! Maybe it's just me but I find this funny. It's in reference of Julius Caesar's immortal words "I came, I saw, I conquered" when he announced to the Senate his victory over Pharnaces. I spent 5 years studying classical Latin in school; that's probably the only few things I remember.

As a child, carrots Vichy was probably my favorite meal at the cafeteria of my elementary school. It was easy to eat (I was a slow eater), tender, sweet and so flavorful. For lunch time, I remember it was always served with a filet de merlan au citron et persil, which is a pan seared sage-flavored whiting (fish) drizzled with lemon juice with some capers and parsley.

Check back often to follow my French-inspired menu this week. We're having a 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called Julie and Julia

 


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An Entire Week of Julia Child Inspired French Recipes Recipe
A lot of foodies identify with Julia Child. In my case, I see both similarities and differences with her. She came to France and she discovered a new cuisine in French cooking. She spent a lot of time making a cookbook so that she could bring that cooking back to her home and share it.
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