“I don’t like sandwiches for dinner,” he said. The clang of my dropped fork echoed my shock around the room. “What are you talking about, you don’t like sandwiches for dinner?! Everyone likes sandwiches for dinner!” Assuming the food-pushing spirit animal of an elderly family member, I had in an instant become that nagging, cantankerous aunt from My Big Fat Greek Wedding (you know, the one who insisted on making lamb).
Apparently, over the course of the time we’ve been together, my husband has suffered his way through all of the dinner sandwiches I’ve prepared, too bashful (or perhaps appreciative of the mealtime effort) to share his true feelings. Nine years of unannounced moderate dissatisfaction, too inconsequential to ever bring up for any real reason. (Side note: Burgers and Reubens don’t apply to this rule. Riddle me that one.)
Bound and determined to harmoniously unite one of my favorite food categories with his evening caloric consumption, I dug deep. Real deep. All the way back to France, y’all. Who — tell me, who — could possibly resist the feminine wiles of the croque madame?
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Rachel Khoo, the British host of Little Paris Kitchen on Cooking Channel (Saturdays at 2:30pm ET), thinks French cooking gets an unwarranted bad name. The inner circle of food culture has embraced fanciful molecular gastronomy, uber locavorism and other various food fads, while French cooking has been associated with ornery, tall toque-adorned chefs dousing incredibly intricate recipes with butter. Rachel Khoo is out to prove that you don’t need formal Le Cordon Bleu training (though she has it) to prepare a delicious French meal. She does it every day with a little oven and a two ring gas stove in her tiny Parisian flat that she had converted into the city’s smallest restaurant.
Rachel’s new cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen, contains 120 simple but classic French recipes. It covers the mainstays you’d expect — Bouillabaisse and Mousse aux chocolat — but also has stories about her own twists on recipes and her life in Paris.
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A galette is a French tart, or simply a pie without a plate. It is easy to make and there is no fancy fluting or lattice top crust to worry about. Right now apples are abundant, with many varieties to choose from. You can mix and match to suit your mood. Some will turn to sauce (McIntosh), some will keep their shape (Prairie Spy), others will be sweet (HoneyCrisp) and some will be tart (Haralson). The crust should be tender and flaky and just barely strong enough to hold up to the apples. It adds to the drama if some of the juices escape, which is why we bake on a sided baking sheet.
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Though summer’s winding down, it’s still hot enough in much of the country to break out in a sweat just stepping out to retrieve the mail. If all the hot weather has you dreaming of a winter wonderland and hitting the ski slopes, Cooking Channel and Laura Calder are here to make at least part of the fantasy (the food part) a reality with a new special.
Tune in to Laura Calder Explores: The French Alps tonight at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel.
The James Beard award-winning chef is leaving her kitchen behind and heading to the French Alps for the very first time. She’s on a mission to taste the very best food the region has to offer, earn her après-ski and learn everything she can from the chefs and farmers of the region along the way. From the heights of the snow-capped mountains to the lakes and farms in the foot hills, Laura exposes the great people and delicious foods that can only be found in the Alps.
Get the recipes from her trip in our gallery and bring some of the beautiful hearty and rustic French cooking home with you.
Watch Laura Calder Explores: The French Alps tonight at 8pm ET.
Petit Fours, Blackberry Millefeuilles and Pain Perdu — these are just a few of the elegant French dishes Laura Calder has demystified in the first 3 seasons of French Food at Home. Fortunately for haute-cuisine lovers everywhere, she’s back and eager as ever to share some of her most recent culinary discoveries on the all new season of French Food at Home.
Spanning the gamut of classics and contemporary recipes alike, Laura makes cooking French easy, from bistro desserts to savory tarts and scrumptious sautés.
Catch the all new premiere of French Food at Home, today at 12pm ET.
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