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Summer Vegetable Gratin

Another Thomas Keller special from his Ad Hoc at Home cookbook!  This is a healthy, low fat gratin recipe without the heavy cream and cheese.  Layers of summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and onions are baked with a sprinkle of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese to get a light golden crust. This is a good dish … Continue reading

White Cheddar Gougères with Apple Pulp and Prosciutto

Jen has always been the gougère-maker when we lived together.  I’ve got to give her props for really becoming an expert at forming the cheese puffs to actually become consistent in size, light, airy and all things elegant and French. I, on the other hand, was experimenting so as my first iteration, these were decent, … Continue reading

French Onion Soup

With fall upon us, even though the weather is still hot, I’ve been inspired to do more soup recipes. I’ve wanted to make my own French Onion Soup for ages, mostly because I am addicted to cheese (no joke) and it’s always such a satisfying appetizer. My friend Tori and I made this during one … Continue reading

Hazelnut Aioli

We recently bought the Ninja Kitchen System 1100 (dual blender and food processor) and I was so excited to try my hand at making all my own sauces with my snazzy new food processor.  After my recent Hollandaise adventures,  I decided to try another classic French sauce: aioli.  Aioli is a traditional Provençal sauce made … Continue reading

Easy Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of egg yolk, butter, and lemon and is notoriously difficult to prepare.  It should be, since it is one of the five sauces in the fancy French haute cuisine mother sauce repertoire, which also includes Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté (check out my Chilled Corn Velouté), and Tomate. Third time was the … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Eve

While Jen absconded to her family’s home in sunny California, I decided to host a little holiday dinner for the friends who were still in New York. Most of the dishes had been featured in this blog before, some were new. I baked a cake for the first time in probably a decade. And a … Continue reading

Baked Camembert

It’s almost feels like cheating to put this as a separate recipe, but this little appetizer is such a crowd pleaser that I had to include it. Camembert is a soft, creamy, surface-ripened cow’s milk cheese that originated from Normandy in northern France.  Camembert is very similar to brie, which is also made from cow … Continue reading

Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël, also known as a Yule Log, is a traditional sponge cake, rolled into a log shape and filled with a cream or similar fillings. It is often decorated with branches, marzipan mushrooms, or other Christmas-themed decorations. I decided to bake a version when I hosted a Christmas Eve Eve dinner. However, I … Continue reading

Salmon Rillettes

Jen and I first tried salmon rillettes at one of our favorite brunch spots in New York, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. We decided to make a version of it for a party we hosted — we wanted a bunch of finger foods that were easy to serve as well as easy to make and salmon … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

Brunching is one of my favorite things to do in Manhattan, as the city is packed with a plethora of brunch spots that can suit any desire for a traditional (Bubby’s) or nouveau American brunch (Five Points), an Asian Fusion brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary Bar (Double Crown), a Chinese dim sum brunch (Ping’s … Continue reading