Category Archives: savory

Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew with crème fraîche garnish

Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

Summer ended so abruptly this year that it felt like a rude visitor rushing out without saying a proper goodbye.  It didn’t help that we went on vacation quite late, meaning that by the time we got back it was already the first day of September and my kiddo was starting preschool – yikes! Plus the weather in Paris got decidedly chilly as soon as back-to-school season rolled around, like it was in a hurry to make sure we knew summer was definitively over. Continue reading Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

I often get asked about how to find grass-fed meat here in France, usually by expats who have lost their nutritional bearings when moving countries. There’s really no easy answer since organic does not at all guarantee that your meat will be exclusively pasture-raised; organic feed (comprised mainly of grains) is authorized and even prized by some producers as a badge of quality. Yeah, I know. Continue reading Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

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Potato and Sausage Hash

Potato and Sausage Hash

After having been away for a few weekends and working full-time in between, I was really excited to finally get some time at home last weekend. Now don’t get me wrong; I of course love traveling but I also find it unsettling not being able to spend any time in the kitchen for weeks at a time. I hate finding myself scrambling day after day for a satisfying weeknight dinner or pondering what to pack for my little guy’s lunch. You can only eat so many buckwheat crêpe meals in a row! Continue reading Potato and Sausage Hash

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Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Coming from a country with such an impressive cuisine as Turkey, you wouldn’t think that my gastronomical curiosity was only awakened when I moved to the US for college. Oh but it’s true. And my most vivid culinary experience from those early fresh-off-the-boat years was definitely Indian food. All those spices and exploding aromas seduced me instantly, although for a long time I was intimidated by trying to re-create those flavors at home.

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Minty Moroccan Chicken Soup with Rice

Once it occurred to me last year that I had a big birthday coming up, I immediately had the idea of inviting a bunch of friends on a trip where we would doubly celebrate: for once I would take advantage of the fact that my birthday was so close to new year’s eve. But the big conundrum: where oh where to go? It had to be not too far from Europe but would ideally provide a welcome sunny break from the winter. And if this place also boasted friendly locals, beautiful regional crafts and (not a surprising criterion for me) amazing food, well all the better! Continue reading Minty Moroccan Chicken Soup with Rice

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Carrots with Cumin

This simple and delicious recipe lets the carrots show off their sweet side when cooked. Some recipes call for either roasting or poaching them first but the lazy side of me always questions this kind of extra step. The idea of turning on the oven for a side dish takes it out of the simple category for me.  So I’m happy to report that simmering the carrots lets them release their juices quite readily and they turn out just perfect, no extra steps required. Continue reading Carrots with Cumin

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