On December 5th (or 6th) of each year, Saint Nicolas pays a visit to all the children in Eastern and Northern France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and many parts of eastern Europe. In Flemish lore, he arrives on his donkey with his companion Le Père Fouettard (Father Whip). Saint Nick gives candy to [...]
Both the French word dinde (from poule d’Inde) and the English word turkey are misnomers since the bird is neither Indian nor Turkish. The bird is purely American, like Thanksgiving. (By the way, the Pilgrims got the idea [...]
Ingredients for basic pie crust: 260 g all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 110 g unsalted butter Dough Preparation:
1.Put the flour, salt and butter in an electric mixer with a paddle attachment and beat on low speed until [...]
Here’s a kid-friendly version of pumpkin bread (adapted from a recipe in The Joy of Cooking) Great for involving your children in bringing a taste of Thanksgiving to your family’s French home away from home. You would be surprised at how many Thanksgiving staples you can find in France, including
The time to cook your old familiar recipes has come, but if you want to impress the French, you must keep in mind a few useful tips in order to avoid a major disaster…
Indeed, oven temperatures can be pretty misleading and you may [...]
Stars and stripes-shaped, American flag-colored, red-white-blue-layered, star-spangled….Get creative with your dessert on American’s most partriotic of days!
Here are a few ideas we’ve collected to inspire you:
American Flag Fruit Cake
The swishing of skirts and clacking of flip-flops in the street, people drinking lemonade outside the cafés, the scent of BBQ in the air… And above all, sunshine! Yep, it definitely looks like the beginning of summer. So get ready to make good use of those fleeting months ! It’s time to get together with [...]
Having to stick to a special diet isn’t necessarily easy anywhere, but in France it’s downright difficult. Let me explain: France is a foodie society. When you go to a restaurant here, you are entering the chef’s domain. Second guessing his or her decisions concerning the menu is a huge faux pas…you just don’t [...]
By the time you read this article summer will be over, our kids will be back in school and since we are no longer on vacation and in bathing suits, we can let up on the regime just a little bit. Hopefully, anyway. The theme for this article is crème fraîche. That might seem odd, [...]
This yummy recipe was been posted by MyAM’s fan Phillip Lamb on our Facebook Page. We could not resist sharing it here!
The first weekend of every September, the city of Lille turns into a citywide flea market/garage sale/sidewalk sale/street party. September in Lille means one word : Braderie. Everything seems to revolve around the age old tradition of buying and selling junk, drinking too much beer and eating too many moules-frites. And let’s not forget the [...]
When my husband and I decided to escape a boring retirement by moving from Charleston to the French countryside, I was excited, yet panicked when it came to the thought of cooking . While I adore French food, I wasn’t ready to give up my southern cuisine when it came to home cooking. How would [...]
I’d like to make one thing clear. The seemingly newfound obsession with cupcakes is not a trend. In fact, the passion for cupcakes has existed long before Carrie Bradshaw popularized the childhood indulgence on Sex and the City with her unabashed love for NYC’s Magnolia Bakery. I’ve been [...]
I didn’t begin baking cakes until I moved to France. Because the French seem to dine out less (opting to have friends and family over for a meal), I saw a lot of cake-baking going on. I never dreamed I would one day join in the flurry of farine (flour) by asking a hostess if [...]
Buy a selection of 3 or 4 of your favorite ice creams and let soften at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Arrange all of your toppings and let your guests make their own sundae.
This is a very fun and relaxing way [...]
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