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Madeleines of Commercy: Madeleines Madeleines and More Madeleines!

Commercy France is home to the madeleine and these have to be one of my favorite cookies!  Madeleines are small shell shaped cookies that remind me of a personal sized morsel of pound cake. In French, a pound cake is called a quatre-quarts. Commercy is a little town with a population of less than 7000. However, there are ...

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French Pear Cake with Pear Brandy

This French pear cake with pear brandy is a house favorite! It was so simple to make. If you don’t want to use the brandy then that is not going to create a problem. We were gifted an amazing 20 year old bottle of Poire William (French pear brandy) and I wanted something to showcase the brandy. In search of a recipe that I ...

Tarte Tatin

Ingredients and Directions For the Pastry: 150 g flour (1 1/4 cups) 100g butter, sliced into small pieces (a bit less than 1/2 cup) 5 g sugar (1/2 tablespoon) 2 egg yolks Rub the flour and butter together between your fingers until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Mix in sugar. Add the egg yolks and, with a ...

Soup à l’oignon

Soup à l'oignon or as we Americans call it French Onion Soup is simple to make and wonderfully satisfying for a late night supper. Ingredients 1 Tbsp butter (not reduced fat) 2 Tbsp olive oil 4 large onions (I use white onions, Vidalia when I can find them, and sometimes red onions.) 3 garlic cloves, finely ...

Kir and Kir Royal

Kir and Kir Royale  are both traditional French aperitifs however the  difference is that a Kir is made with a dry white wine while a Kir Royale is made with champagne. If making a Kir, you should use a wine glass. You should use a champagne flute for serving a Kir Royale.   Ingredients for both Kir and Kir ...

Pain d’épice

Gingerbread or Pain d'épice as it is called in France is different in both texture and taste from American gingerbread. However, if you love the warm spiciness of American gingerbread, you are sure to love the French version as well. Be sure to use honey instead of granulated sugar. Honey changes the texture and taste of the ...

Croque Monsieur

This French bistro sandwich is a wonderful way to dress up a ham and cheese sandwich. If you add a fried egg on top of each of these sandwiches the sandwich then becomes a Croque Madame. Ingredients 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour 1 1/2 cups milk A pinch each of salt, freshly ground pepper, nutmeg, or more to ...