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About French Cuisine

Lulu's Provençal Table There are many dishes that are considered part of French national cuisine today. A meal often consists of three courses, hors d'oevre or entrée (introductory course, sometimes soup), plat principal (main course), fromage (cheese course) or dessert, sometimes with a salad offered before the cheese or dessert. For more information, including photos of typical French dishes, see "Wikipedia French Cuisine" (outside link).

I own about 30 French cookbooks. Richard Olney is the author of one of my favorite French cookbooks, Lulu's Provençal Table. Read about Richard Olney, Lulu Peyraud, and Provence (local link opens separate window).

Although known for rich sauces, French cooking is surprisingly healthy. The French avoid fast foods and snacking. They eat small portions of delicious healthy foods slowly at a table. Books, such as French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano attest to the healthiness of the French eating habits. Check out results of Google Search "French women thin" (outside link opens separate window) and see "Healthy French Eating Habits". For some examples of not so healthy French desserts, see 32 French Desserts.

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32 French Desserts

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01. Tarte Tatin upside-down apple pie (outside link)
Clafoutis (outside link) cherry version, and rhubarb
03. Crêpes (outside link)
Paris-Brest (outside link)
Eclair au Chocolat (outside link)
Kouign Amann (outside link) a caramelized specialty from Brittany made with A LOT of butter
Crème Brulée
08. Far Breton (outside link)
Gâteau Basque (outside link)
Gâteau au yaourt (outside link)
French Apple Pie (outside link)
French Lemon Tart (outside link)
Canelés (outside link)
Bugnes Lyonnaises (outside link) crunchy, fried pastry that resembles beignets
Chocolate Profiteroles (outside link)
Tarte tropézienne (outside link)
Macarons Almond, French, Vanilla, Key Lime, Green Tea
French Macarons 18. Chocolate Religieuse (outside link)
Fig Tart (outside link)
Saint Honoré (outside link)
Ispahan (outside link)
Madeleines (outside link)
Baba au Rhum (outside link) soaked in rum
Chocolate Mousse (outside link)
Kouglof (outside link) Alsatian bundt cake, the perfect Christmas treat
Mont-Blanc (outside link) made with chestnut cream and meringue
Ile Flottante (outside link) classic French dessert grandmas make
Raspberry Charlotte (outside link)
Meringues Crunchy, sticky, and sweet; Dorie Greenspan's Cocoa Crunch Meringue Sandwiches
30. Chouquettes (outside link)
Mille-feuille (outside link)
Choux à la Crème (outside link)




Mussels French or Belgian Style

[French] [TasteSpotting Mussels] [Mussels] [Ethnic]

These mussels cooked in cider and herbs are great for any season or time of the week. Serve them with crusty bread to soak up all the juices and some leftover cider!

Moules Marinière with Monteith's Cider, cooked in cider and herbs (local) or (outside link)

Mussels for One (Or Two)
Mussels for One (Or Two)

with fennel, saffron, thyme, tomatoes, vermouth, and Pernod EXCELLENT (FRANCE)

Seared Halibut, Mussels and Onions in a Cider Broth - VIDEO shows how to perfectly sear halibut, cook mussels, and plate this dish inspired by classic French cooking

Seared Halibut, Mussels and Onions in a Cider Broth - plus VIDEO 7:48 min showing to perfectly sear halibut, cook mussels, and plate this dish inspired by classic French cooking; from Matti Karts

IMAGE These Apple Cider Steamed Mussels with Homemade Fries will have you dreaming of France!

Apple Cider Steamed Mussels with Homemade Fries (Normandy)
Moules au Cidre et Frites Maison
from My Paris Market Cookbook: A Culinary Tour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes by Emily Dilling
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Cider Mussels IMAGE

Cider Mussels, (outside link sep window) steamed in apple cider and finished with cream and bacon. A delicious and different fall meal.



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  3. "32 French Desserts That Will Make You Want To Pack Everything And Move To Paris" from BuzzFeed by Marie Telling 8/6/15
    online at http://www.buzzfeed.com/marietelling/32-french-desserts-that-will-make-you-want-to-pack-everythin accessed August 29, 2015

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