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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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Crosnes Sauteed in Butter Recipe

Crosnes Sauteed in Butter

01.18.11 by Jackie

Crosnes, also known as Chinese artichoke, chorogi, knotroot or stachys affinis, are French rustic root vegetables. The little worm-looking tubers were brought to France from Japan around the 19th century and were renamed after an area near Paris (in the Essone region), called Crosne.

The vegetables are considered gourmet and are served at upscale restaurants. They cost 35 Euros  ($46) a kilo. My husband Lulu saw them at an open air market and was intrigued by their shape; he'd never tasted them before. The preparation was quite simple. I boiled them, then sautéed them in butter and squeezed on a little lemon juice. Crosnes can also be eaten thin-sliced raw or pickled in salad. They're very healthy; they're rich in protein and betaine (improves digestion and helps fighting stress). In Asia, they're called chorogi, which means "longevity" because of their nutritional value. So if you come across these "forgotten" vegetables at a farmers' market in your area, give them a try!

Crosnes Vegetable Recipe with Picture

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Parisian Bakery: Bechu Boulangerie Recipe
To be accurate, Boulangerie Béchu is a salon de thé. It’s located in the very chic 16ème arrondissement (quarter) of Paris. It’s in a very nice neighborhood spot across from the beautiful Place Victor Hugo. The bakery is very pretty with both Art Deco and Modern styles, a lot of beautiful olden-day mirrors and most important, once you walk inside, the intoxicating aroma of bread hits your nostrils. The place hasn’t changed a bit since the last time I visited it. In the magical capital of fine pastries, Béchu is probably one of the best Parisian bakeries you’ve never heard of. You can find all sorts of baguettes, pains (bread), flaky croissants, delicious pains au chocolat and an assortment of different flavors in the sweets.

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