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Fresh Oysters Topped with Chorizo Dressing Recipe

After raving about duck prosciutto, it's time to talk about some serious business because Valentine's Day is near at hand. My husband Lulu being a vegetarian doesn't mean that I don't get to get to enjoy a feast for our romantic meal on February 14th. I don't know if food with aphrodisiac properties really exists, but I love oysters. During the holidays, Papa made his oyster specialty huîtres chaudes gratinées (oysters au gratin) but that's another recipe. This time around, I served them cold with a chorizo, ginger and lemon topping. And if your significant other loves oysters as much as I do, this might be the perfect starter for a romantic Valentine's Day meal.

While visiting the Château de Fontainebleau, I couldn't resist taking a quick tour of its open-air market, which was fabulous. I found the most delicious saucisses sèches (dry sausages), made of duck and turkey, and some with chorizo made from poultry meat, which tasted even better than the ones I remember from my childhood.

Fontainebleau Castle Picture


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Duck Magret Salad Recipe Recipe

Duck Magret Salad Recipe

02.07.11 by Jackie

Duck prosciutto (thin cuts of smoked duck breast) is one of my favorite cured meats. It makes the most ordinary of salads extraordinary. The combination of saltiness and flavor from the high fat content is irresistible. When I prepared this dish in Paris, for every slice of duck that went into the salad, one went into my mouth as well. I found a supplier on Amazon and I'm going to try them out because I cannot wait until my next trip to France to satisfy my duck prosciutto craving. This would make a perfect first course for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

Dieters, avert your gaze! What started as a few innocent pieces of duck prosciutto turned into full-scale gorging of foie gras, oysters, veal and other French delicacies that left me 10 pounds heavier than I was when I arrived. You could say that duck prosciutto was my "gateway" meat .

 


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Clementine Chocolate Parfait Recipe Recipe

I made clementine mousse using fruits from our garden. The zest is amazingly fragrant. The exterior has such a deep orange color, I thought it would be perfect dressed as a parfait paired with French chocolate cookies we bought in Normandy.

My husband Lulu and I brought a lot of delicious French food back home from our recent trip to Europe. The cookies in the dish are called "La Mère Poulard" chocolatine cookies. They are specialty cookies from the Mont Saint Michel region of France. My parents took us there on New Year's Day. It's a rocky tidal island located in Normandy, topped with beautiful shops and a church. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While we were there, we had the region’s typical crêpes and of course brought back a few packs of cookies. If you’re in France and you have time, I recommend taking a visit.

Mont Saint Michel Picture


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The Grass is Always Greener Recipe

The Grass is Always Greener

01.22.11 by Jackie
This photo (taken at the Arche de la Défense) really sums up what the current food trends in Paris are. It says: "Formule New York, Hot dog + Coca-Cola 5Euros, le vrai hot dog new-yorkais, Manhattan's hot dog 3,50Euros", which translates to "New-York lunch combo special, Hot dog + Coke ~$7, the real New-Yorker hot dog, Manhattan's hot dog ~$5".
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Grilled Artichoke and Endive Salad Recipe Recipe

Grilled artichoke and endive salad is one of the dishes I concocted in the tiny kitchen of the Parisian apartment we rented. Don't get me wrong, we loved the place where we stayed at. It's just that the kitchen had the bare minimum: a sink and a toaster-sized oven topped with 2 burners. First I steamed leeks, then grilled a red bell pepper, the endives and artichokes and coated pieces of Rocamadour cheese in herbs. The mixture makes a colorful, tasty first course.

I'm a little slow at sharing the recipes from our recent trip to Europe. It takes some time to process all the photos, so I promise they should be ready after the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Stay tuned!

In case you're wondering who the man in the collage is, he's one of the many vendors who operate stalls at the Daumesnil open air market on Tuesdays and Fridays. I was snapping photos as I meandered through the market and he begged me to take one of him. The merchants in Paris tend to have a lot of personality (they sing, they scream, they rhyme; whatever it takes to get people's attention) and they do their best to entice you to buy their food. He was quite a ham and was absolutely thrilled when I told him I'd post his picture on the site.

Grilled Endive Recipe with Picture


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